5/11/15 – 9:59 A.M.
Growing up poor in northwest Ohio is less of an obstacle to future success than in other areas of the state. That’s according to a new study by Harvard and visualized by the New York Times. The study shows that poor children in Hancock and the surrounding counties are likely to make more money by the age of 26 compared with a “childhood spent in the average American county.”
The biggest example of this is in Putnam County. According to the study, children who grow up poor in Putnam County would make 21% more annual income than a poor child who grew up in an average community. That amounts to around $5,500.
How other counties stack up:
Wyandot County = $3,500 more as young adults.
Henry County = $3,070 more as young adults.
Seneca County = $2,760 more as young adults.
Hancock County = $1,270 more as young adults.
Wood County = $1,140 more as young adults.
Hardin County = $270 more as young adults.
Allen County = $1,770 less as young adults.
In Hancock County kids across all income classes can expect to make more as young adults than kids in the average community, except for boys who grow up in a home in the top one percent of earners. Boys in that class in Hancock County statistically earn $150 less per year as young adults than boys who grow up in the top one percent in the average community.
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