Recent research has consistently found that place matters significantly when it comes to addressing poverty. Scholars have mapped intergenerational mobility in zip codes across the country, finding large variations between cities and neighborhoods. Where you grow up matters a lot, independent of other factors such as your home environment.


This research poses additional questions such as what factors cause certain neighborhoods to be more conducive to upward mobility and how do we help families move to high-opportunity neighborhoods.


This section of the Spotlight website gathers the latest research, news, and opinion on how location impacts economic prospects.