For poor children, a Cook County address is an economic straightjacket


Anyone can tell you it’s not just adults who suffer in a struggling city. Children from low-income families struggle alongside their parents. But what that struggle looks like later in life is a crucial part of understanding the cycle of poverty. Can kids overcome the effects of bad circumstances as they grow older, or has fate doomed them to suffer in perpetuity?

New research shows that in Cook County, odds are stacked against kids from low-income families improving their situation. It is among the worst places in the nation to grow up poor.

By studying economic outcomes for children who move […]