Strong Communities

Did you know that the zip code you are born into can be a significant determinant of where you will end up later in life? 

That’s because communities in distress and with a high concentration of poverty offer limited educational opportunity, poor health outcomes, higher prices for goods and services and reduced opportunity for wealth building.  Some communities have characteristics that open many windows of opportunity for their residents; others sadly do not.

Rodney Slater, Secretary of Transportation under President Clinton


Reversing this trend will require action across an array of disciplines, and one of the most important is the pursuit of building stronger and safer communities.  But in order to figure out the most impactful community solutions, we first need to know exactly what the problem looks like.


Rodney Slater, Secretary of Transportation under President Clinton

One important contribution we at Opportunity Nation are making to promote thriving communities nationwide is the development and promotion of the Opportunity Index, a new measure of opportunity in communities.  The Opportunity Index measures a number of indicators at the county and state levels that have a demonstrated connection to expanding or restricting economic mobility and opportunity, which together help measure the opportunities that are present in different communities. 

DE Senator Tom Carper and Mark Edwards, Executive Director, Opportunity Nation
The places where people live are pivotal to the opportunities open to them, and it’s critical that we understand and address the local barriers that prevent residents from reaching their full potential.  Find out about your county and state’s ratings by visiting www.opportunityindex.org.



DE Senator Tom Carper (Left) and Mark Edwards, Executive Director, Opportunity Nation (Right)