OZY: The south: the best and worst place for the American dream

OZY, December 06, 2017The south: the best and worst place for the American dream

If you want a shot at the American dream, your best bet is to be born in Williamson County, Tennessee, outside the boomtown of Nashville. Among the 18 counties that give you the longest odds, five are in Louisiana. That’s the South for you. The 2017 Opportunity Index, a comprehensive look at the factors that drive opportunity across the United States, reveals how the South is home to some of the most dynamic and fastest -growing areas in the country — but also some of the least hopeful. It’s a challenge that leaders across the region are grappling with, as they try to make sure all have the chance to climb America’s economic ladder.

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