The New York Times examines a recent study that found "some of the most powerful evidence so far about the factors that seem to drive people’s chances of rising beyond the station of their birth, including education, family structure and the economic layout of metropolitan areas."
The Times reported, "Climbing the income ladder occurs less often in the Southeast and industrial Midwest, the data shows, with the odds notably low in Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus. By contrast, some of the highest rates occur in the Northeast, Great Plains and West, including in New York, Boston, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Seattle and large swaths of California and Minnesota."
Outside of large metro areas, the map has patches of deep red across the Southeast, indicating the region has less social mobility than the rest of the United States. It confirms that the American Dream of parents creating a better live for their children is unequally applied in the nation.
Andrew Sullivan notes some interesting observations from the data.