2015 Opportunity Index

October 10, 2015

Opportunity Nation has released their 2015 Opportunity Index, an annual composite measure at the state and county levels of economic, education and civic factors that expand opportunity.

This year marks the fifth annual Opportunity Index, so users will be able to see how our nation’s access to opportunity has both improved and worsened over the past five years, by county and state. While overall access to opportunity has increased 9% since 2011, rates of youth disconnection, income inequality and poverty remain high and wide disparities among geographic regions persist.

Some major findings include:

  • Over the past five years, all 50 states have improved their Opportunity Scores
  • Most-improved indicators: unemployment rate, internet access, violent crime and affordable housing
  • Most alarming indicators: youth disconnection, poverty, and income inequality
  • State rankings based on all 16 indicators of opportunity (highest and lowest performers)

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