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Old 01-17-2012, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Miami FL
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None Florida countie is in here.. wow, at last!

The poorest counties in America - U.S. poverty - MSN Money
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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What a shock. Rural counties with nothing in them are the poorest. People who choose to live in them must be happy with their monthly welfare check. Nothing is forcing them to live there.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I've been to a few on the list. The level of poverty I saw is incomparable. Nothing I've seen in Miami or around Florida comes close.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:45 PM
 
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What a shock. Rural counties with nothing in them are the poorest. People who choose to live in them must be happy with their monthly welfare check. Nothing is forcing them to live there.
When you grow up in a small, rural and poor town it is very hard to move away. Most other places cost more. You need money to be independent.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:45 PM
 
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I was born and raise in Mississippi and I think every county in Mississippi need on be on this list. When I say I wanted cry and feel so bad when I went back to my home city. I don't know what they doing in Mississippi but the cities I remember is just sad now.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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When you grow up in a small, rural and poor town it is very hard to move away. Most other places cost more. You need money to be independent.

All these counties are probably losing population, I suspect. But it's not that hard to move away from poverty. Most of my relatives left small dirt-poor towns in the rural south (Mississipp, Arkansas, and North Carolina) during the Great Migration and ended up in New York, Baltimore, Philly, Chicago and D.C. So did millions of other black people.

And poor people from overseas pick up all the time and move to the U.S., legally or illegally, scrimp for whatevever jobs they can get, live in dangerous neighborhoods, etc etc etc so that their kids can have better lives.

I suspect leaving isn't so much a matter of money as it is despair. Long, deep and bleak despair that makes it seem as if nothing can ever change.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Charlotte/Mebane, NC and Suitland, MD
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None Florida countie is in here.. wow, at last!

The poorest counties in America - U.S. poverty - MSN Money
I'm surprised that only one county from KY is on this list.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Unless the rankings are adjusted for COL I don't see the point of list like these.
If 25K in Podunk SD will buy you the same lifestyle that 40k will buy in Nowhere CA what makes one city more poverty stricken than the other.
I think it's stupid to base poverty levels on some arbitrary number that applies to the entire country regardless of the COL.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I didn't look at the list, but are they including counties that have large college student populations or large prison populations? If so, there's the reason, since these people don't work.
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I didn't look at the list, but are they including counties that have large college student populations or large prison populations? If so, there's the reason, since these people don't work.
What college student doesn't work?! Rich ones.
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