Verne Strickland Blogmaster / September 16, 2011
Poverty scandal: NC 10th poorest state; Robeson poorest county in state. This is McIntyre country.
HOW MANY MORE TRIES WILL THE EXCESSIVELY INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT GET?
The problems of poverty and low income are as much local as national. The poverty rate is 21% in Mississippi. The state also has the lowest median income at $36,850. Mississippi is among the states with the worst education systems, highest obesity levels, highest unemployment, and lowest rates of health insurance coverage. The state is an economic black hole, and it shows in the way people suffer there. And, as is true with black holes, it is nearly impossible for the residents of Mississippi to escape their difficult financial situations. There is a dearth of federal programs that target specific states and cities based on local economic need.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed census data from all 50 states on median income, poverty rates, unemployment, and lack of health insurance. We then identified the ten states that have the lowest median income. We also looked at why low-income households are concentrated in these states and what, in some cases, has been done to reverse the difficult situations.
These are the poorest states in America, according to 24/7 Wall St.: