2018 Opportunity Index

What’s your score? The Opportunity Index shows how your community ranks in opportunity.

New features of the 2018 Index include: the ability to view national trends disaggregated by race/ethnicity and gender, and county clustering that shows counties have similar Opportunity Scores.

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Metro-Level Opportunity Index

We brought the annual Opportunity Index data to the local level! Along with our research partner, Child Trends, we recently piloted a Metro-Level Opportunity Index featuring 13 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.


Our Opportunity Nation

This Opportunity Nation Coalition plan highlights the barriers to fulfilling the American Dream, six Opportunity Millennium Goals, and policy recommendations to boost opportunity presented in the order of the life cycle and success sequence of children, youth and families.

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2016 National Opportunity Summit

The 2016 National Opportunity Summit, hosted by Opportunity Nation, will convene a bipartisan, cross-sector group of business leaders, nonprofits, elected officials and young people to restore the American Dream.

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At the core of our nation is the belief that with hard work and perseverance, you can get ahead. But today, often it’s your zip code that determines your destiny. Our mission is to ensure that all Americans – regardless of where they were born – have the opportunity to thrive.

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The Opportunity Index

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Where you live shouldn’t determine how far you can go in life. The Opportunity Index is the nation’s first – and only – tool to holistically measure opportunity. Connecting multiple economic, educational, and civic factors, the Index is a powerful way for communities to track and advance opportunity.

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Opportunity Score

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What does your Opportunity Score mean?

The Opportunity Index provides a rating for the level of opportunity in each state, based on the measurement of various economic, academic, and civic factors on a scale of 100. The highest 2017 Opportunity Score in America is 63.3, while the lowest is 40.9.

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