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Moving Americans Out of Poverty

Mobility has long been a key to prosperity. It can be again.
Place matters.

Place matters.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Millions of poor Americans are stuck in places where they and their children are all too likely to remain in poverty. What can be done to improve their prospects?

Historically, mobility has been one of the U.S. economy’s greatest strengths. When people found themselves in a place with few opportunities, they moved. This is no longer so true. Increasingly, the poorest Americans seem trapped. The result is that poverty gets more concentrated and entrenched.