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 latest Child Opportunity Index 2.0 was created by a group of researchers at Brandeis University at diversitydatakids.org. It reflects opportunities available to children in neighborhoods across the United States. 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 of 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.