North Dakota is the Modern Horatio Alger Story Setting




This fascinating map shows the likelihood that a child from the bottom fifth of income will rise to the top fifth. In much of the Southeastern US, the likelihood is significantly lower than most of the country. Most notable, however, is North Dakota, which thanks to its persistently low unemployment rate, growing energy sector, and strong social policies provides essentially a one in three chance of moving to the top.

–from The New York Times


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