A national public policy organization analyzed neighborhoods across the United States based on economic prosperity, and the data show just what Kern County already knew: that neighborhoods west of Highway 99 are more prosperous than the rest of the county.
The Economic Innovation Group ranked Lake Isabella among the most economically distressed countywide, with a score of 98.1 – surpassed marginally only by one small swath of east Bakersfield.
Meanwhile, those living west of Highway 99 tend to be more economically prosperous, the data show.
Those economic indicators could also impact health outcomes. A Californian report published earlier this year showed the same areas with poor economic indicators also had some of the lowest average life expectancies countywide.
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