A recent study by a pair of Harvard University economists examines the relationship between where one lives and how much one makes.
Economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren looked at how moving to different counties across the country affects how much the children living there can expect to earn by the time they reach adulthood.
A article on The New York Times’ blog, The Upshot, titled “The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up,” took a county-by-county look at this based on Chetty and Hendren’s data.
It found that poor kids growing up in York County, earn on average $1,180 more by the time they reach age 20 than they would if they grew up elsewhere.
Children from average income families earn $1,910 more. Children from wealthy families earn $2,480 more while kids from families in the top 1 percent of income earn $2,720 more.
Good schools, two-parent households and low crime rates are among the factors that correlate with income mobility, Chetty and Hendren found.