Distressed Communities Index 2017

January 10, 2018

The Distressed Communities Index (DCI) combines seven complementary metrics into a broad-based assessment of community economic well-being in the United States. Relying on Census Bureau data for the years 2011 to 2015, the DCI covers over 26,000 zip codes and 99.9 percent of the U.S. population as well as cities, counties and congressional districts, enabling Americans to understand how their local well-being stacks up at every scale of life. The DCI groups places evenly into five different tiers based on their performance on the index: Prosperous, comfortable, mid-tier, at risk, and distressed.


Interesting Insights from North Texas


  • 75210 (South Dallas/Fair Park, Frazier, Mill City) is considered the most distressed ZIP code in Dallas, 3rd most distressed ZIP code in Texas, and ranks 26,083 out of 26,126 ZIP codes in the nation, making it one of the most distressed areas in the country (3rd most distressed in the state).


  • North Texas is home to 6 of the 100 largest cities in the United States. Here is how those cities rank in this index when compared to the other 100 largest American cities:

    • Plano ranks 2nd with 82.7% living in prosperous areas and 0% living in distressed areas

    • Irving ranks 20th with 23.1% living in prosperous areas and 0% living in distressed areas

    • Garland ranks 49th with 0% living in prosperous areas and 0% living in distressed areas

    • Dallas ranks 78th with 8.7% living in prosperous areas and 42.9% living in distressed area


  • North Texas is actually quite prosperous when viewed through the county lens. Here is how the counties in our service area rank when compared to all 252 Texas counties:

    • Collin ranks 2nd with a distress score of 0.3

    • Denton ranks 4th with a distress score of 0.8

    • Rockwall ranks 5th with a distress score of 0.8

    • Fort Worth ranks 30th with a distress score of 18.1

    • Dallas ranks 65th with a distress score of 36

    • According to this model, the most distressed areas are in rural areas.




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