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Bergen County Among Best Places To Raise Poor Children, NY Times Reports

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RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — If you are a child in a poor family, you're better off growing up in Bergen County than just about any other place in America, the New York Times reports.

The "Equality of Opportunity Project" revealed that Bergen County is better than 88% of counties in America at providing income mobility for children who come from the bottom 25th income percentile, the New York Times said.

"Every year a poor child spends in Bergen County adds about $180 to his or her annual household income at age 26, compared with a childhood spent in the average American county," the article says.

"Over the course of a full childhood, which is up to age 20 for the purposes of this analysis, the difference adds up to about $3,700, or 14 percent, more in average income as a young adult."

This difference adds up to an additional $3,700 in annual income, or a 14% increase, the New York Times reported.

The study's Harvard researches found five factors associated with strong upward mobility:

• less segregation by income and race;

• lower levels of income inequality;

• better schools:

• lower rates of violent crime;

• a larger share of two-parent households.

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