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MEASURE OF AMERICA of the Social Science Research Council

GEOGRAPHIES OF

OPPORTUNITY Ranking Well-Being by Congressional District

SARAH BURD-SHARPS and KRISTEN LEWIS Patrick Nolan Guyer | CHIEF STATISTICIAN Bob Land | EDITOR Alex Powers | RESEARCHER Rebecca Rasch | STATISTICAL ANALYST & CARTOGRAPHER

The MEASURE OF AMERICA Series

Diana Tung | REPORT DESIGNER DOWNLOAD THIS REPORT: WWW.MEASUREOFAMERICA.ORG/Congressional-districts-2015

Contents Overview............................................................……………………………………………………………….........i Introduction..................................……........…..….………………………………………………………………………....1 What Is Human Development?.................................................................………........…………………….....3 How Is Human Development Measured?.....................................................................…………………....5 Congress and US..................................................................................................................................8 What Does the American Human Development Index Reveal about U.S. Congressional Districts?.................................................................………………….....…………………….…………….....9 A Long and Healthy Life………..…………………….…………………..……........................................................20 Access to Knowledge......………..…………………….…………….…………........................................................28 A Decent Standard of Living……………..………….………….….…………........................................................35 Agenda for Action.......….....……………………………….………………………....................................................43 Notes and Bibliography.......................................................................................................................51 Congressional District Indicator Tables..............................................................................................55

GEOGRAPHIES OF OPPORTUNITY: Ranking Well-Being by Congressional District APRIL 2015 © MEASURE OF AMERICA, CREATIVE COMMONS 3.0 LICENSE The visual language of the Measure of America Series was designed by Humantific, a SenseMaking for ChangeMaking firm located in New York and Madrid. DOW N LOAD T HI S R EP O R T: WWW. M EASU R EO FA M E RI CA . O RG / Congressiona l - d istricts - 2 0 1 5

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Ranking Well-Being by Congressional District Geographies of Opportunity is an in-depth look at how residents of America’s 436 congressional districts are faring in three fundamental areas of life: health, access to knowledge, and living standards. While metrics in these three areas do not measure America’s natural bounty, the rich diversity of its population, or the vibrant web of organizations and individuals engaged in making it a better place, they capture outcomes that are essential to well-being and opportunity. This report makes the case that geography- and population-based approaches offer a way to address the multiple and often interlocking disadvantages faced by families who are falling behind. Only by building the capabilities of all residents to seize opportunities and live to their full potential will the United States thrive. The hallmark of this work is the American Human Development Index, a supplement to Gross Domestic Product and other money metrics that tells the story of how ordinary Americans are faring. The American Human Development Index brings together official government data on health, education, and earnings and allows for well-being rankings not just of congressional districts but also of states, counties, census tracts, women and men, and racial and ethnic groups. The Index can empower communities and organizations with a tool to identify priorities and track progress over time.

How Do Congressional Districts Fare on the American Human Development Index? The American Human Development Index combines fundamental health, education, and standard of l