Thursday, January 19, 2012

Four Mississippi Counties Among the 15 Poorest in Counties in the Nation

According to the most recent data from the Census Bureau more than 15% of the population in the United States lived in poverty in 2010, the highest percentage since 1993. That means more than 46 million people fell below the poverty line, defined as $22,314 for a family of four. If you factor in the income spent on expenses like medical costs, child care and mortgage payments, the number of Americans whose remaining income falls below the poverty line is closer to 50 million, or roughly 16% of the population.

Mississippi is ranked as the poorest state with 21.9 % of the state residents living below the poverty level in 2010. That's more 624,000 Mississippians across the state living in poverty.  To put this in perspective that's equivalent to the population of the entire Jackson Metropolitan Area.  We have as many people living in poverty in Mississippi as there are people in Copiah, Hinds, Madison, Rankin and Simpson Counties combined.

This week highlighted an article that identifies the 15 poorest counties in the United States.  All fifteen of the counties are either in the South  or are counties with Native American reservations. Of the worst eight counties, half are within the Mississippi delta. Here is the list of the 15 poorest counties in the U.S.:

15th   Wilcox County, AL
14th   Maverick County, TX   
13th   Owsley County, KY   
12th   East Carroll Parish, LA   
11th    Lake County, TN
10th   Allendale County, SC
  9th   Corson County, SD
  8th   Holmes County, MS
  7th   Sioux County, ND
  6th   Washington County, MS
  5th   Humphreys County, MS
  4th   Issaquena County, MS
  3rd  Shannon County, SD   
  2nd  Todd County, SD
  1st  Ziebach County, SD

The Delta has held on and held out its time for the State of Mississippi to make some real efforts to improved the conditions of this region.  We must realize that what happen in the Delta effects the whole state.  My food for thought!!


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