American Opportunity Stalls: ‘We’re Not as Connected to Each Other’

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A broad national gauge of conditions that foster equality and social mobility has stopped rising after five years of steady improvement.

The index is produced by Opportunity Nation, a coalition of business and nonprofit groups, and Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council. It blends state- and county-level economic, educational and social statistics.

Among 16 measures in the index, income inequality, volunteerism and access to doctors and healthy food worsened since last year. Improving: unemployment, violent crime, housing affordability and the rate at which people finish high school and earn an associate’s degree or higher.

The 2016 Opportunity Index remains at 54 on a 0-100 scale. It has risen 9% since it made its debut in 2011 at 49.6.

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