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.
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.