Link: 9 Maps of the South

A historian colleague of mine once pointed out that one of the neighboring parishes (counties) would best be considered a poverty reservation. The 9 maps in this [Huffington Post article][hp] tell the tale more vividly for the South in general: states in the Deep South have higher rates of poverty, the lowest minimum wages, and the the least socio-economic mobility. They also spend the least on healthcare, deny access to a higher percentage of their citizens, and have more health problems, like obesity, smoking, and teenage pregnancy. The result is, of course, that when asked about their general emotional state, citizens of the Deep South are the least happy. *Surprise?*


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