* Educational attainment
* Housing affordability
* Job accessibility
* Racial and ethnic inclusion
Each of these indicators is given a score, and the state or county’s overall score is an average of these four indicator scores. The Opportunity Index can be used to compare different states or counties and to track changes over time.
The Educational Attainment indicator looks at the percentage of adults in a state or county who have a high school diploma or equivalent. The higher the percentage, the higher the score.
The Housing Affordability indicator looks at the median rent as a percentage of median income. The lower the percentage, the higher the score.
The Job Accessibility indicator looks at the number of jobs accessible within a certain distance from the average worker’s home. The higher the number, the higher the score.
The Racial and Ethnic Inclusion indicator looks at the percentage of each racial and ethnic group that lives in high-poverty areas. The lower the percentage, the higher the score.