National Trends

Overall Opp Score

Overall opportunity in America has increased by 8.9% since 2011.

Opp Scores By Year


Most of this progress is due to an improved employment picture as the country has emerged from the Great Recession.

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There are higher rates of poverty and income inequality and lower median family incomes in 2015 than there were five years ago.

DY Numbers

The rate of youth disconnection has fallen 4.8% since 2011, but remains above pre-recession levels.
The indicators that correlate most strongly with 2015 state Opportunity Scores are poverty rate, rate of youth disconnection, and percentage of adults with an associate’s degree or higher.

Mixed Landscape

Learn more about the state of opportunity in America in the 2015 Briefing Book.