6sqft once presented readers with the Wealthometer, a tool that analyzes your assets to determine where you fall in the distribution of wealth. In today’s society, however, we’re often more concerned about our future status than where we are currently, which is where this economic risk calculator comes in. Created by the New York Times, it addresses anxieties about “widespread economic insecurity and soaring levels of income inequality.”
The not-so-upbeat tool culled data from hundreds of thousands of American case records that began as a study in 1968. It uses a mere four factors — race, education, age, and marital status — to determine the likelihood of one falling below the poverty line in the next five, 10, or 15 years.