Your street address can determine
how successful in life you will be,a new study has claimed.
Researchers from Universities of Sheffield and Brighton found that the likelihood of a teenager getting a full-time job or going to a leading university varies dramatically according to his or her postcode,a newspaper daily reported.
The researchers analysed social data to give youngsters a glimpse into the future.
The best places to live in terms of prospects included the most affluent boroughs of London and middle-class areas of Kent and Essex.
The worst included deprived inner city areas of Liverpool,Birmingham,London,Hull and the North East,the report said.
We are taught that life is what you make it,that the able will succeed regardless of background. But the site shows that where you are born and where you grow up has a huge influence on where you end up, said Richard Garside director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies which commissioned the research.
There are huge inequalities between young people’s life chances that depend on where they are born,and these inequalities are increasing, Professor Danny Dorling of
Sheffield University said.
Kensington in west London came top in the table of 18-year-olds most likely to go to a Russell Group university,with 30 per cent ending up in one of the elite institutions. In Hull East only 0.05 per cent of 18-year-olds manage a place at the top end of academic life. The chances of the best education were slim in several areas of Liverpool,Birmingham and Sheffield.