Child Opportunity Index by Zip Code

The latest Child Opportunity Index 3.0, based on data from 2012 to 2021, was created by Brandeis University to estimate the opportunities available to children in neighborhoods across the United States. Where children live and how much access they have to opportunities have an enormous effect on the quality of their experiences, their health and education, their future prospects, and their success as adults. The index consists of three domains and the scores are calculated based on several important indicators:

  • Education domain: including third-grade reading and math test scores, high school graduation rates, and similar metrics
  • Health and environment domain: including air pollution levels, healthy food outlets, green spaces, and the like
  • Social and economic domain: including number of adults with high-skill jobs, levels of adult employment and of home ownership, poverty rates, etc.

The map below shows a composite score and as scores from the three domains for each zip code. Opportunities represent local resources and range from "very low" to "very high" based on Michigan's state averages.

Data Source: diversitydatakids.org (2024). Child Opportunity Index 3.0 database. Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; U.S. Department of Education. (n.d.). Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates Program (EDGE): Locale Boundaries. National Center for Education Statistics.