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upward mobility

A recent study discovered that geography has a big effect on whether children will rise into a higher income bracket than their parents. The New York Times calculates the chances that a child will rise from the bottom fifth percentile of income to the top fifth. The number in the Dallas area is 6.4 percent; kids in the Fort Worth area have a better shot, at 8.8 percent. Some of the study’s findings also concluded that geography mattered less for well-off children than for middle-class and low-income children.