Click your state and, then, enter your zip code in the upper right-hand box to find out your local “opportunity score. ” According to the Opportunity Nation campaign, an opportunity score measures a number of indicators at the county and state levels — including health, employment, crime and education — that contribute to economic opportunity and mobility.
In a report released last fall, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that health is closely linked to the environments we live in. In a study HUD conducted following low-income residents in five major cities for 10 to 15 years, they found that those who moved into better-off neighborhoods were often skinnier and healthier than those who stayed behind. Click the map on the left to see the life expectancy number in your county over a 20-year period.