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Climbing the Economic Ladder? Think North and East

Where do you have the best chance of climbing the economic ladder?

Try New Jersey or Maryland. Just don't go to Oklahoma or South Carolina.

Residents of eight states, primarily in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, have the best shot of moving on up, according to the Pew Economic Mobility Project, which just released what it calls the first state-level study on the subject.


"Americans still believe in the American dream and that equal opportunity should exist for all," said Diana Elliott, the project's research manager. "The differences show there isn't equal opportunity for mobility in every state."

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Economic Mobility Project
Economic Mobility
Maryland, New Jersey

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