This Map Shows Where The American Dream is Dead

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This is not racial but regional segregation!  There are some places in America where it’s somewhat easier to become the next Bill Gates than others.

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This map features where the American dream is out of date. Photo: http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/

This map shows where the American dream is dead and buried. Red indicates low economic mobility while pale yellow represents places with higher economic mobility (economic mobility = ability to go from being poor to rich).

This map published in a new study from economists at Harvard University and the University of California-Berkeley reveals that cities in the South and the Rust Belt have extremely low levels of economic mobility (ability to go from being poor to rich).

Into more concrete terms: Someone born in the bottom fifth of the income ladder in Atlanta, Georgia, where economic mobility is low, has a 4.5 percent chance of reaching the top fifth of the income ladder. Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., a city with high economic mobility, the chance of moving up the income ladder is about 11 percent.

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