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Study looks at best places for children to grow up

May 08, 2015 12:06 pm
The New York Times is reporting a large, new Harvard study finds that poor children who grow up in some cities and towns have sharply better odds of escaping poverty than similar poor children elsewhere. The study was based on the earnings records of five million children whose families moved across counties between 1996 and 2012. According to that study, Greene County is about average for income mobility for children in poor families. It ranked better than 43 percent of counties nationwide. However, Columbia County is pretty bad for income mobility for children in similar circumstances. It was found to be better than 26 percent of the counties examined. If you are poor and live in the Albany area, it is better to be in Rensselaer County than in Schenectady County or Columbia County. Researchers found five factors associated with strong upward mobility nationwide: Less segregation by income and race, lower levels of income inequality, better schools, lower rates of violent crime and a larger share of two-parent households. In general, the impact of place is sharper for boys than for girls, and for lower-income children than for rich. Read the full story in The New York Times.
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