The New York Times has created a data visualization that illustrates the varying economic mobility for children raised in different counties and cities across the United States. A pair of Harvard University economists found that where someone lives as a child determines his or her future economic mobility. Using this research, the visualization shows that a child raised in Fairfax County, Virginia, will make $3,150 more at age 26. By contrast, growing up in Baltimore reduces a child’s expected income by $4,510. The visualization can also display economic mobility by gender of the child, as well as income percentile.
How Birthplace Affects Financial Mobility
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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