How Elite Communities Are Pulling Away in the 21st Century Race for Jobs, Businesses, and Human Capital

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Economic Innovation Group (EIG) brings together leading entrepreneurs, investors, economists, and policymakers from across the political spectrum to address America’s economic challenges.


EIG’s Distressed Communities Index (DCI) provides a comprehensive assessment of community economic well-being. It ranks every U.S. zip code with at least 500 people on seven equally-weighted variables:

  • Percent of the adult population

  • Housing vacancy rate

  • Adults not working

  • Poverty rate

  • Median income ratio

  • Change in employment

  • Change in business establishments

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