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Old 12-28-2014, 01:17 PM
 
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I'd say the Deep South, Appalachia, the Pacific Northwest outside of the Puget Sound and of course black ghettos and Indian reservations in general are the poorest parts of the US.
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:25 PM
 
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Well, there are people in the eastern Oregon hills that live like hillbillies (a LOT of city-dwellers here don't know that). However, while east of the Cascades is vast, it is not heavily populated.
There are a lot of "hillbillies" who live in the Willamette Valley too, even in some of the Portland and Eugene suburbs.
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Old 12-28-2014, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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To be honest, the differences between Eastern KY and the Mississippi Delta are separated by inches, not feet due to socio historical and geographical reasons.
The difference is, the poverty in Mississippi is near 100 percent black, while the poverty in Kentucky is near 100 percent white.
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Old 12-28-2014, 03:41 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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You're going to find poor areas like you've described in every state, likely somewhere in most every county in a state.

I can take you here, in one of the wealthiest Counties in the wealthiest state in the US (Maryland) and show you similar vistas.
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Old 12-28-2014, 03:50 PM
 
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The difference is, the poverty in Mississippi is near 100 percent black, while the poverty in Kentucky is near 100 percent white.
I know. That is why I mentioned both of those factors, as each of those areas are effected by one of these factors more than the other. I'm very familiar with Holmes County and Tchula due my family on my father's side is from there.
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Old 12-28-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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What are some of the poorest counties you have visited here in the USA? Although the figures vary, there are two that absolutely blew my mind:

Shannon County, South Dakota- This is the county adjacent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, I remember driving through it and I could not believe how many abandoned houses and dilapidated trailers, looks like a Third World country- I thought some of those homes were condemned but the cars parked outside of them were an indication that people actually live in them.

Clay County, Kentucky- Just got back from a trip to Kentucky and Clay, Owsley and Leslie Counties have got to be one of the poorest places in the USA. I have never seen so many dilapidated trailers, broken down rusty vehicles and abandoned buildings in one place. No basic infrastructure, no hospitals or clinics, no police or fire departments, no access to major highways, no cell phone service.. According to some data I found, the median yearly income for a family in Clay County is about 23000 dollars, that is about half the median average for the USA
I wouldn't be surprised if it was anywhere in eastern Kentucky. When I was there for a few months the poverty there was mind blowing.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:38 PM
 
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the poorest place in the USA is Kiryas Joel, New York. It is a village full of hasidic jews, about an hour north of NYC. majority of them are on welfare/food stamps
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Old 12-28-2014, 06:58 PM
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Location: West Michigan
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Yes, as I went there about 20 years ago with a former college roommate from the area and it was rough then.

Holmes County Mississippi has a current poverty rate of 42.64% and I've been there as well.
Wow what a huge coincidence, Benton Harbor also has a 42.6% poverty rate. Strange.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:10 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA>Tijuana, BC>San Antonio, TX
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Here is a list of lowest income counties in the USA.

Of the top 10 counties on this list, 8 are Native American majority and 2 are Hispanic (Mex/Mex American) majority.
List of lowest-income counties in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have been to Eagle Pass, Texas. I suppose that is the poorest place I have ever been to in the US, but Apache County in Arizona looked much worse.
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I love Mississippi and I have been through many towns who are incredibly poor. Honestly, I think Eastern Kentucky beats Mississippi by a mile.

Some people in Eastern Kentucky have no access to running water. I never thought this was possible in the United States but also in terms of infrastructure, places like Owsley, Laurel and Clay County, you don't even see hospitals or clinics in the mountain communities, no police or fire departments, hardly any stores or businesses, no cell phone service, no access to major highways, there is a total lack of basic infrastructure in some parts of Eastern KY
Oh no Laurel County doesn't have hospitals, no of course not.

We have a new large hospital right beside I 75. How you missed it I don't know. Then just down the road in Corbin is yet another large hospital, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? I'm thinking you've never even been here before. Because nothing you say describes Laurel County whatsoever.

Go do a little research on Laurel County, KY please.
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