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Old 12-28-2014, 11:53 PM
Location: Kentucky
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Look what I found, modern medical facilities and other such modern stuff in Laurel County, KY:

St Joseph London:

Laurel County Health Department

A few local schools

A few local houses:

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Old 12-29-2014, 04:54 AM
Location: Iowa, Heartland of Murica
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Originally Posted by InLondon View Post
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.

I was there and your pictures simply do not reflect the reality I saw. 20% of people in Laurel County live below the poverty line, go look it up.

You can try to cover up the truth and London is perhaps a little better than neighboring communities because it is right off I 75 but the deeper you head East into the mountains, the worse it gets.

Manchester, although it is not technically in Laurel County is one of the poorest towns I have ever been to and it is only 20 miles away.

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Old 12-29-2014, 07:18 AM
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Ford heights, Illinois

Harvey, Illinois

Robins, Illinois

Flint, Michigan

Just to name a few..

I think trailer parks with mobile homes scattered all over, lack of basic infrastructure, lack of cell phone service and so on is downright scary.. There was a town along one of the roads we drove on our roadtrip last year somewhere along the way from charolette to Asheville to Tennessee that fit this bill..
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:48 AM
Location: West Tennessee
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Shannon County Missouri is pretty dang poor also
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:53 AM
Location: Milwaukee
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Inner cities (Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, St Louis, Cleveland, and so on) and Indian reservations (in Wisconsin, Memoninee County is by far the most downtrodden area of the state) are the poorest areas of the country, and I'm pretty familiar with both. It's funny how differently the plight of Indians (rural, no one sees it) and blacks (urban, everyone sees it) are treated in this country. The crime, poverty and drug abuse on reservations is unparalleled elsewhere, though there are white and black rural areas (like the Appalacians) and (generally) black urban areas that rival them.
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Botev1912 View Post
Jackson, MS is really bad
I have seen plenty 55-100k offer letters over the last four years. Folks have the education but often not the drive to leave the family farm. That is the only way I can describe what I hear from folks in a variety of industries with Masters and up.
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:10 PM
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Originally Posted by gottaq View Post
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
They are fake poor. Have you ever been there??
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:26 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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My dad is from one of the poorest Eastern KY counties and I still have family there, though I rarely see them.

That region has a couple things that lead to its poverty

1. Very rugged topography that leaves almost no room for cities, factories, or farming.

2. Major environmental degradation due to surface coal mining (aka Mountain Top Removal). Many people have tap water that is too polluted to bath in or cook with. It's not uncommon for debris from explosions to fly through windows.

- 2A Nearly all forest land is owned by coal companies or is public lands

3. Brain drain - people with education and / or work ethic leave for other areas. Over 1 MILLION people left this region during the 20th century, mostly to Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington, etc. Those left have few good role models

4. Major problem with gov't dependency. In most E KY counties half the total "income" is actually gov't welfare. A lot of people find some way to get classified as disabled to get a $1k check each month from SS. The COL is so low you need no additional income to have a decent lifestyle. One check is enough to have a cheap trailer, cheap car, etc.

5. Massive losses in coal jobs since the early 20th century. Even w/o EPA regulations those jobs were vanishing as coal extracting was done from the surface with 1/100th of the workers needed to get the same amount of coal
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:01 PM
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Those are low population areas just like some of the poorer counties in WV that only have 20,000 people living in them. The poorest areas, with massive amounts of people in poverty, are in big cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, and some cities in NJ. Athens, OH is considered one of the poorest small cities but it looks like nothing like the poverty you see in large cities.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:23 PM
Location: West Michigan
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Originally Posted by Pruzhany View Post
They are fake poor. Have you ever been there??
No, they are not "fake poor". Kiryas Joel, NY has the lowest per capita income of any place in America with over 10,000 people.

Kiryas Joel, New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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