Thursday, October 15, 2015

"The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares"

Now here is a weird set of data for the NYT to publish, I think;  an interactive chart wherein each county in the U.S. is ranked by the probability that your child(ren) will grow up there, and be better/worse off, when they turn age 26, than a U.S. average.

And how will my only offspring, tiny little Local, Jr. fare,
in 27 years, when HE/she turns 26, having grown up in Pushmataha County, Oklahoma?

Pretty well, actually~  lovingly lifted from the NYT dotcom,
via my email:  

Pushmataha County is pretty good for income mobility for children in poor families. It is better than about 78 percent of counties.

Location matters – enormously. If you’re poor and live in the Idabel area, it’s better to be in Pushmataha County than in McCurtain County or Choctaw County. Not only that, the younger you are when you move to Pushmataha, the better you will do on average. Children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, more likely to go to college and more likely to earn more.

Every year a poor child spends in Pushmataha County adds about $130 to his or her annual household income at age 26, compared with a childhood spent in the average American county. Over the course of a full childhood, which is up to age 20 for the purposes of this analysis, the difference adds up to about $2,700, or 10 percent, more in average income as a young adult.

But how about a male child, with two stable, working parents in Push County, Oklahoma?
Even better!!

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