The New York Times created an economic risk assessment that allows you to calculate your risk of living in poverty in the next five, ten, or fifteen years. Hilariously, it is called “Chasing the American Dream,” and you can try it for yourself by clicking the link.
I’m always a fan of attempting to predict my future, despite (or because of?) the possibility of it adding to my list of anxieties, so let’s go!
As a white middle-class graduate school educated individual, I’ve got race, class, and education on my side. But I’m also a single woman who currently relies on fundraising (though I don’t know if that will even be considered). So who knows? I’m definitely curious whether my privilege will win out.
Short Term (5 Years): 16.2% chance of living in poverty
Middle Term (10 Years): 19.3% chance of living in poverty
Long Term (15 Years): 21.1.% chance of living in poverty
Oh good! I can ride on my privilege a while longer!
Two thoughts though: I was disappointed that there were only four variables. I think I was expecting a more personality test-type system that would take into account work ethic and previous job experience. Also, why is my risk going up as time goes on?? I can only assume it’s the “single” variable, which just confirms that the world is structured to benefit married couples. *glare*
Did you try the assessment? What do you think about your results? Leave a comment and let me know!