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Shasta County About Average For Upward Income Mobility

Map courtesy of www.EqualityofOpportunity.org

Map courtesy of www.EqualityofOpportunity.org

The map above shows the average percentile rank of children who grow up in below-median income families across areas of the U.S. (absolute upward mobility). Lighter colors represent areas where children from low-income families are more likely to move up in the income distribution. An interactive version of this map created by the New York Times shows details for Shasta County and other counties too.

The NYT map reveals that Shasta County is “about average for income mobility for children in poor families. It is better than about 56 percent of counties” in the United States.  Children in poor families in Shasta County are likely to make $1,070 more compared with children in poor families nationwide. Shasta County also ranks better for poor children (particularly girls) than it does for rich children.

The Equality of Opportunity Project recently published a report in the Quarterly Journal of Economics that shows that geographical differences in upward mobility are strongly correlated with five primary factors: segregation, income inequality, local school quality, social capital, and family structure.

An interview today on NPR’s Here and Now suggests that children who move at an earlier age are better adapted than children who move at an older age – less likely to become single parents, more likely to go to college, more likely to earn more, etc.

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