The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard offers the most comprehensive look available at Americans’ financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. The Scorecard explores how well residents are faring in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and assesses state policies that are helping residents build and protect assets across five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care and Education.
The Scorecard assesses all states on their relative ability to provide opportunities for residents to build and retain assets. The state outcome rankings are a measure of financial prosperity and how that prosperity is shared and safeguarded. The Scorecard ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 53 performance measures in the five Issue Areas. Data for an additional 16 measures are published, but states are not ranked on these measures due to insufficient data at the state level. The overall state outcome rank is determined by the rankings each state receives for outcome measures within each Issue Area. The issue area grades in the Scorecard are distributed on a curve, based on how each state fares compared with all other states.
The Scorecard also separately assesses states on the strength of their policies to expand economic opportunity. The Scorecard includes a detailed assessment of 12 policy priorities, as well as information on 21 additional policies. Taken together, these 33 policies provide a comprehensive view of what states can do to help residents build and protect assets in the Issue Areas described above. Unlike the outcome measures, the strength of states' policies are assessed based on fixed criteria arrived at through consultation with issue experts and CFED's own knowledge of asset policies that are promising, proven or effective in helping families build and protect assets. These policy assessments do not factor into the state outcome grades.
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In this section, you’ll find information on the Scorecard including the methodology and Frequently Asked Questions:
Main Findings: Visit this section for highlights from the main findings of the 2013 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard.
Methodology: Here you will find information on the framework of the 2013 Scorecard, the methodology for assigning outcome rankings and grades, and policy ratings, as well as other information on the data.
FAQs: If you have questions about the 2013 Scorecard, the data, policies or our methodology, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
Acknowledgements: CFED thanks the many people and organizations that helped make the 2013 Scorecard possible.
All data from previous editions in 2012, 2009, 2007, 2005 and 2002, are available in downloadable Excel files:
- 2012 Scorecard Data
- 2009-2010 Scorecard Data
- 2007-2008 Scorecard Data
- 2005 Scorecard Data
- 2002 State Asset Development Report Card (SADRC) Data
Previous editions of the Scorecard are available online or for download: 2012, 2009, 2007, 2005 and 2002. The previous Scorecard PDFs should be downloaded and viewed on your computer because of their length and file size.
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CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development) expands economic opportunity by helping Americans start and grow businesses, go to college, own a home, and save for their children's and own economic futures. We identify promising ideas, test and refine them in communities to find out what works, craft policies and products to help good ideas reach scale, and develop partnerships to promote lasting change. We bring together community practice, public policy and private markets in new and effective ways to achieve greater economic impact.