The Opportunity Atlas - Data on Locations where Children Rise out of Poverty
The Census Bureau, in partnership with Harvard University and Brown University researchers, constructed the Opportunity Atlas, a comprehensive Census tract-level dataset of children’s outcomes in adulthood using data covering nearly the entire U.S. population.
What data does Opportunity Atlas display?
For each tract, the Bureau estimated children’s outcomes in adulthood such as earnings distributions and incarceration rates by parental income, race, and gender. These estimates allow the Bureau to trace the roots of outcomes such as poverty and incarceration to the neighborhoods in which children grew up.
To build the Atlas, the Bureau used de-identified data from the 2000 and 2010 decennial Censuses linked to data from Federal income tax returns and the 2005-2015 American Community Surveys (ACS) to obtain information on income, parental characteristics, children's neighborhoods, and other variables.
It focused on children born between 1978-1983, including those born in the U.S. and authorized childhood immigrants. The data include the characteristics of 20 million children, approximately 94% of all children born during the time period.
Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?
The Opportunity Atlas answers this question using anonymous data following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s.
Now you can trace the roots of today's affluence and poverty back to the neighborhoods where people grew up.
See where and for whom opportunity has been missing, and develop local solutions to help more children rise out of poverty.
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