The Poorest Counties Are In Red States


Now that is has been established that red states are the poorest and that they take in the most in federal aid and give back less, let’s go over another fact that should surprise absolutely no one:

97 out of the 100 poorest counties in the United States are in red states.

Politifact recently fact checked a meme created by the liberal Facebook page ‘Occupy Democrats’ which said: “97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states. But tell me again how Republican policies grow the economy?”

In their usual non-partisan fact checking, Politifact rated the claim as Mostly True.

Once again, blue states aren’t the takers who aren’t smart with their money…it’s the red states. Come on, people.

To determine ‘red’ versus ‘blue,’ Politifact took the county voting results from the 2012 election. Counties that voted for President Obama were ranked blue, and counties that voted for Mitt Romney were red.

Here are the 10 poorest that Politifact found for median income, all of them in red states:

1. Owsley County, Ky.
2. Jefferson County, Miss.
3. Wolfe County, Ky.
4. Brooks County, Texas
5. McCreary County, Ky.
6. Hudspeth County, Texas
7. Hancock County, Tenn.
8. Jackson County, Ky.
9. Clay County, Ky.
10. Holmes County, Miss.

In that category, it was 95 out of 100 counties were in red states.

Here are the 10 with the highest poverty rates overall that Politifact found, all of them in red states:

1. Shannon County, S.D.
2. Clay County, Ga.
3. East Carroll Parish, La.
4. Sioux County, N.D.
5. Todd County, S.D.
6. Hudspeth County, Texas
7. Holmes County, Miss.
8. Corson County, S.D.
9. Wolfe County, Ky.
10. Humphreys County, Miss.

Overall, 93 of the 100 poorest counties were in red states.

Each list is dominated by three states: Texas, Georgia and Kentucky. Kentucky, though it should be noted, has a Democratic Governor and Democratic controlled House.

Politifact based their data off of United States census data in the last census taken. Politifact did say, however, that measuring a county’s lack of affluence in the way that rural county’s often are skews the map of poorest places toward rural states (which tend to be red) and away from big cities (which tend to be blue). They also noted that the majority of these counties are around the Appalachian Mountains, a place that has suffered economically for many years. But then I say, well if Republican policies are so great, why hasn’t the area been lifted out of its economic woe?

Thank you, Politifact, for once again setting the record straight!


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