The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares


Manhattan is very bad for income mobility for children in poor families. It is better than only about 7 percent of counties.

Location matters – enormously. If you’re poor and live in the New York area, it’s better to be in Putnam County than in Manhattan or the Bronx. Not only that, the younger you are when you move to Putnam, the better you will do on average. Children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, more likely to go to college and more likely to earn more.

Every year a poor child spends in […]