The Huffington Post recently compiled a list of several ways the South is struggling.
“These 9 Maps Should Absolutely Outrage Southerners” is a breakdown of current health and economic issues affecting the region.
First, the list took a look at the poverty level in the South, compared to the rest of the nation.
A 2012 study from the USDA reported the South has the highest poverty rate in the U.S, with more than 17 percent of its residents living below the poverty level.
Percent of total population in poverty (U.S. Department of Agriculture) So where does Georgia rank? Georgia is one of the states with both the lowest minimum wage and least opportunity for economic mobility. In January, the U.S. Department of Labor released a report showing Georgia is one of four states with a minimum wage lower than the Federal minimum wage. The Equality of Economic Opportunity Project ranked Atlanta in the bottom 10 cities for upward mobility. In fact, the city was 48th out of the 50 states. Minimum Wage Laws In The States- January 1, 2014 (U.S. Department of Labor) Now, on to healthcare. A majority of the states in the south chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Georgia was one of them. Despite the lack of access to healthcare, Georgia’s health issues are comparatively better than other states in the region. The state ranks on par with the nation’s already high obesity rate, compared to neighboring states that have an obesity rate higher than the national average. Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults (Centers for Disease Control) Georgia also has less smokers than the rest of the southern states. For a full list of the maps, visit Huffington Post.