(FixThisNation.com) – A U.S. Census released this month has found that more than 10 percent of U.S. counties face “persistent poverty.” The recent census report also noted that 10.9 percent of U.S. counties, that is 341 out of a total of 3,142 counties, have “experienced high poverty rates for an extended period.”
It was also found that the majority of those counties, 80 percent specifically, were located in the South, and mainly in specifical “informal subregions such as the Southwest border, the Mississippi Delta, the Southeast, Appalachia” and some other counties that have more “American Indian and Alaska Native tribal lands.”
This means that around 20 percent of counties in the American South were found to be experiencing persistent poverty.
In terms of population, only 38 percent of the nation’s population lives in the South, but 54.9 percent of those who live in persistent poverty nationwide live in the South.
There were also fifteen states, and the District of Columbia that were shown not to have any persistent poverty counties, including Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Minnesota, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
From the remaining states, 10 states were found to have at least 10 percent of their population living in persistent poverty, while 6 states -Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia, New Mexico, and New York- were found to have at least 15 percent.
According to the Census Bureau, “persistent poverty” is used in reference to areas that have a “long history of high poverty” and is not the same as “chronic poverty,” which is used for people who experience consistent poverty.
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