How Baltimore and cities like it hold back poor black children as they grow up

by Emily Badger, Washington Post

May 15, 2015

So much of a child’s success is determined by factors out of his control. Even the neighborhood he grows up in will have an enormous impact on his future earnings. “Every year a poor boy spends growing up in Baltimore, this research found, his earnings as an adult fall by 1.5 percent. Add up an entire childhood, and that means a 26-year-old man in Baltimore earns about 28 percent less than he would if he had grown up somewhere in average America. And that’s a whole lot less than the very same child would earn if he had grown up, 50 miles away, in Fairfax County.”

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