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Old 01-18-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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A lot of the counties listed include Indian reservations. They are the poorest of the poor in this country.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: BALTIMORE, MD
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what college student doesn't work?! Rich ones.
i second that!!
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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My dad is from Holmes County MS and the poverty there is serious. It hasn't changed too much in 20 years either.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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What college student doesn't work?! Rich ones.
Well if they do work, I doubt they're making much.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Didn't assume I'd see so many counties in the Dakotas on the list. The reservations got it pretty bad I guess.

For those that don't want to do the slideshow thing...

1: Ziebach County, SD
2: Todd County, SD
3: Shannon County SD
4: Isaquena County, MS
5: Humphreys County, MS
6: Washington County: MS
7: Sioux County, ND
8: Holmes County, MS
9: Corson County, SD
10: Allendale County, SC
11: Lake County, TN
12: East Carroll Parish, LA
13: Owsley County, KY
14: Maverick County, TX
15: Wilcox County, AL
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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Didn't assume I'd see the Dakotas on the list. The reservations got it pretty bad I guess.
In my estimation, worse than the Dominican Republic or rural Mexico. I am not kidding. If you've never stepped foot on a Native American (Indian) reservation, pictures and stories don't do the full scene justice until you've laid eyes on it.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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15 red state counties. Hmm.....
I wonder who's paying the bills for all the impoverished? My guess is that much of that money is coming from the "donor" states, both blue and red.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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In my estimation, worse than the Dominican Republic or rural Mexico. I am not kidding. If you've never stepped foot on a Native American (Indian) reservation, pictures and stories don't do the full scene justice until you've laid eyes on it.
The Creek Indian Reservation in my area isnt that bad. Seems like the reservations in sparsely populated states have a tougher time.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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15 red state counties. Hmm.....
I wonder who's paying the bills for all the impoverished? My guess is that much of that money is coming from the "donor" states, both blue and red.
Don't assume that because a county is in a red-state it's a red-county.

1: Ziebach County, SD - Went for Kerry and Obama. Although did go for Bush in 2000 and elder Bush in 1992.
2: Todd County, SD - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.
3: Shannon County SD - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.
4: Isaquena County, MS - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.
5: Humphreys County, MS - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.
6: Washington County: MS - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.
7: Sioux County, ND - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.
8: Holmes County, MS - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.
9: Corson County, SD - Went for Kerry and Obama. Although did go for Bush in 2000 and elder Bush in 1992.
10: Allendale County, SC - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.
11: Lake County, TN - Went for McCain, but never went for Bush.
12: East Carroll Parish, LA - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.
13: Owsley County, KY - I believe it's pretty much always went Republican.
14: Maverick County, TX - I believe it's went Democratic since Woodrow Wilson.
15: Wilcox County, AL - Has went for the Democratic candidate since, at least, 1992.

http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/re...ident/map.html

So if I'm counting it right, at maximum, four of the fifteen could be deemed "red counties." Although three of those are more like "swing counties." Owsley is the only solidly "red county" in the group. Eastern Kentucky, and Eastern Tennessee to an extent, do have some very-poor (and very white) "red counties."

Still what's with the poor-bashing on this thread? Particularly when you combine that with bashing "red counties."

As for "why they don't leave" as mentioned many of them do leave. Those that don't may feel an obligation to family, particularly disabled or elderly relatives, or community. Or they may struggle with addiction, alcoholism, or depression. Or in the case of American Indians maybe some feel strong cultural-bonds or a desire to improve "their nation." Or the other issues. (Elderly relatives, depression, alcoholism, etc)
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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At least most of the counties on the list actually improved their poverty rates over the last few years.
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