Striking maps show how race keeps kids from climbing the economic ladder across the US

Aria Bendix | Business Insider

A new mapping tool from Harvard-based policy group Opportunity Insights reveals just how difficult it can be to overcome race-based economic barriers in the US.

While a person’s neighborhood can have a significant impact on future earnings, the effects of race seem to run deeper than any town, city, or state line.

In coordination with the US Census, the researchers compiled a detailed record of economic opportunity across individual neighborhoods. The data traces the average household income of 20 million Americans who were born between 1978 and 1983 and grew up in a given Census tract.

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