EIG's Distressd Communities Index Heat Map
Patrick Semansky EIG's Distressd Communities Index Heat Map

CityLab reports that despite the economic recovery, the most distressed communities are stuck in a deep recession.

Richard Florida, editor-at-large, and Aria Bendix, editorial fellow, examine a new report from the nonprofit Economic Innovation Group (EIG) that finds more than 50 million Americans live in economically distressed communities.

New York City has the largest number of people living in distressed zip codes with 1.3 million, followed by Chicago (1.1 million), and Houston (712,140).

EIG has launched the Distressed Communities Index (DCI), an interactive heat map and analysis for identifying, visualizing, and evaluating economic prosperity and distress spanning nearly every community throughout the country. The DCI was built using data from more than 25,000 zip codes and covers 312 million Americans, or 99% of the population. Users can explore the dataset by zip code, county, city, state, and Congressional district.

Camden, N.J., was found to be the nation's most distressed city followed by Cleveland, Ohio, and Gary, Ind.

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