This is a head spinner. I have been arguing that the US elections are increasingly bringing up “Poverty” as a major issue.
EIG have compiled an excellent Distressed Communities Index covering 99% of Americans. Green is good and red is bad. The DCI is diced and sliced by state, district and zip code.
The DCI is based off the following criteria
- No High School Degree: Percent of the population 25 years and over without a high school degree
- Housing vacancy: Percent of habitable housing that is unoccupied, excluding properties that are for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use
- Adults not working: Share of the population 16 years and over that is not currently employed
- Poverty: Percent of population living under the poverty line
- Median income relative to state: Ratio of the geography’s median income to the state’s median income
- Change in employment: Percent change in the number of individuals employed between 2010 and 2013
- Change in business establishments: Percent change in the number of business establishments between 2010 and 2013.
Camden, New Jersey is ranked most distressed followed by Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey.
Full report here