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How the South is becoming a solid
band of poverty: One in three
live in poor neighborhoods

Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Zennie

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 7/3/2014 2:21:50 PM

The number of Americans living in poor neighborhoods has skyrocketed in the last decade--and nowhere is the trend more prominent than in the South, where nearly 60percent of the population is concentrated in an area with high poverty. A grim new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a solid band of high poverty neighborhoods--running from Arizona east to North Carolina. Only Florida and Virginia are spared from the trend. (Snip) The Census report points out that the number of people living under the federal poverty line--less than $24,000 a year for a family of four--has increased between 2000 and 2010.

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But note on the color-coded map that DC is included in that dark blue band. War on Poverty. Right.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hybernicus, 7/3/2014 2:33:48 PM     (No. 9909940)

I moved to the sunshine belt because it is less costly to live there than in the rust belt. To start, heating costs, union dues, and state/municipal taxes are much lower.

Perhaps a better metric would be some kind of net income benchmark.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/3/2014 2:42:06 PM     (No. 9909949)

For democrats to win, poverty must flourish.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jglas, 7/3/2014 3:15:20 PM     (No. 9909977)

Those people have poverty incomes but they aren´t living in poverty because they get government transfer payments (welfare). The government doesn´t include medicaid, food stamps, housing subsidies, WIC, earned income allowance, etc. into the income calculation. If they did then those in poverty would reduce to almost nothing. We´re becoming a welfare state in which people with poverty incomes live as well as people with incomes of 50K and more. But they´ll use this sort of analysis as an excuse to generate even more welfare.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/3/2014 4:08:02 PM     (No. 9910033)

The truth about socialism is that everyone gets poorer.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Winmag, 7/3/2014 5:12:24 PM     (No. 9910080)

It´s because we live close to where an invasion of poorly educated, wefare receiving, newly minted democrat voters are.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: rubberneck, 7/3/2014 5:29:26 PM     (No. 9910088)

So - are we not winning the vaunted socialistic "War on Poverty"?

Another perspective... 80% or more of the world´s population would look at our definition of poverty - $24k for a family of 4 - and their eyes would glaze over, thinking about the opulence that kind of money would buy ´em.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: shamus, 7/3/2014 5:41:13 PM     (No. 9910093)

Obama is the leading cause of poverty.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 7/3/2014 6:18:41 PM     (No. 9910132)

we lived in various parts of the South for more than 20 years. For various family reasons, have moved up near the North Coast.
Our last stay, near state capitol of Montgomery, Alabams, was instructive.
Yes, there is poverty. There are sexually active 9-YEAR-OLDS! There are generations of residents who have never attended a wedding nor ever known a married person. We have mothers discouraging the kids from learning anything in school, so they can get SSDI as "learning disabled". Sound like a good employee to you? We saw every kind of psychopathology you might imagine, and some you don´t want to imagine. Preachers, including a couple white ones, engaged in open sexual immorality. Corruption that rivals Detroit. Open presence of illegal aliens. Persons with Master´s Degrees from an HBCU (Alabama State) who were functionally illiterate.
Not strictly racial patterns, but certainly cultural ones, with the expected overlap.
Sound like a recipe for a successful area?
multiply by several.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 7/3/2014 8:38:54 PM     (No. 9910254)

The county map can be very instructive if you know what to look for. The bottom band of dark blue corresponds almost exactly with the racial makeup of those counties: they are predominately black. How do you address black poverty in the US, in the Caribbean? In Africa? I don´t know.

The other poverty trap is centered around eastern Kentucky. It is almost all white - it is the infamous "Appalachia" and why these descendants of Scot-Irish remain so poor is very odd as other regions with this population have done much better. Certainly the folks now living on the borders of Scotland and England (aka the Reievers) and the source of these Scots-Irish have not suffered like this. Other areas of the Scot Irish including Tennessee and Northern Alabama have emerged from the poverty of the "Hillbillies". It is possible that the mountainous land is just too harsh for most people to live beyond being hand-to-mouth. If that is the case, maybe there should be an effort to evacuate some of these po folk to more benign regions.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/3/2014 11:01:50 PM     (No. 9910387)

To be fair, VA isn´t VA anymore, just a suburb of DC and those incomes throw off the state.

How much poverty has been imported from out of the country ? How many of those immigrants receive welfare and increase that welfare by having more "Dreamers", sorry, children ?

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