A zip code can reveal a lot. Most obviously, it tells you where to send postage -- where a person lives and works. But the impact of that number can reach far beyond geographic location. Often times, a child’s zip code determines the schools they attend and, by extension, their likelihood of graduating from high school and attending college, of getting certain jobs. In recent years, medical professionals have begun to consider zip code as an indicator of health, well-being and even life expectancy. And for economists, zip codes can illustrate geographic inequality, revealing the likelihood of upward mobility in different locations.
In this special event presented by KQED, audience members will join a panel of experts and activists as they explore one of the most pressing social and economic questions of our time: Does your zip code determine your fate?