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The U.S. shale boom boosts upward mobility

By Jim Mackinnon Published: July 22, 2013

The places in the United States with extensive and growing fracking of shale are among the most upwardly mobile regions in the nation, reports the Via Meadia blog at The American Interest.

"A fascinating map of American income mobility has been making the blogging rounds today. The map is based on a study that the NYT notes is being hailed as 'the most detailed portrait yet of income mobility in the United States.' The study found that metro areas with greater income heterogeneity had greater social mobility," Via Meadia writes.

"Looking at that NYT map, we can see that North Dakota and eastern Montana are the most upwardly mobile areas in the country. It’s no coincidence that those blue shaded areas overlap the Bakken formation, one of the largest shale oil and gas plays in the United States. And energy-rich Texas, home to the oil-rich Permian basin and the Eagle Ford shale formation, is also relatively upwardly mobile."

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