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Census data shows where children are most likely to succeed

October 3, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Where children live matters deeply in whether they prosper as adults, researchers say. On Monday, the Census Bureau, in collaboration with researchers at Harvard and Brown, published nationwide data that will make it possible to pinpoint down to the street the places where children have the best shot at succeeding, The New York Times reported.

The disparities can’t always be easily predicted. For example, Northgate and the area north of 115th Street, both in Seattle, are both characterized by modest private homes and street trees and share the same middle school. However, kids raised in the area north of 115th Street went on to earn an average of $5,000 less per year.  Also, children raised in poor families in Minneapolis ended up earning four times as much as those from similar areas in Memphis, the Times said.  

“That’s exciting and inspiring and daunting in some ways that we’re actually talking about real families, about kids growing up in different neighborhoods based on this data,” economist Raj Chetty, one of the project’s researchers, told the Times.

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