County-wide poverty rates for all Western North Carolina counties, released today, Nov. 29, by the U.S. Census Bureau, show that nearly one out of every five mountain residents lived in poverty last year in more than half of the region’s 17 counties.
Carolina Public Press analyzed the county-wide data for all residents and children under age 18. It showed that the hardest-hit county for all residents was Rutherford, where an estimated 25 percent of the residents lived in poverty last year. By way of comparison, the statewide poverty rate for 2010 was 17.4 percent. Graham County had the highest estimated poverty rate for children under age 18, where the level reached 34.2 percent, nearly 10 percentage points higher than the statewide rate, which was 24.6 percent. ...
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Angie Newsome is the editor and founder of Asheville-based nonprofit Carolina Public Press, a media project dedicated to in-depth, investigative and independent reporting on the overlooked and under-reported people, places and issues facing the 17 westernmost counties of North Carolina..
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