Baltimore City Among Worst in Nation for Income Mobility

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via New York Times
via New York Times

The New York Times has a nifty new interactive map drawing on new research about income mobility in the United States. It’s so interesting to play around with that it’s easy to overlook a sad, stark fact: Baltimore City is one of the worst places in the entire U.S. for income mobility.

 

via the New York Times
via the New York Times

In short, growing up poor up in Baltimore City effectively takes away $4,510 from future annual income, compared to an average U.S. county. In contrast, a poor child who grows up in Howard County can expect to add $2,200 to future annual income. The downward pull of a childhood spent in Baltimore has a negative income effect on average-income kids and rich boys, too; children who grow up in Baltimore City in households in the top 1% of income earners, however, gain a $1,440 income premium, compared to national averages.

If you needed any more evidence of lived inequality in Baltimore, well, there you go.



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