A New York Times map on the poor and medically uninsured shows both expected and unexpected (at least by me) concentrations of poverty. Eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho as places with big concentrations of the poor? You can see where the southwest and sections of California have gotten deeper poverty due to Mexican immigration. Plus, you can see concentrations of poor blacks in the old South and poor whites in West Virginia.
I expect the concentration of smart people into smaller numbers of areas of the United States to continue. Is that a correct expectation? I can see why smart people could get spread out by their desire to live in mountains or right on coasts. But most will benefit by living in high concentrations of other smart people. Their ability to drive up housing costs should push out lower skilled workers, especially as the brainier companies even further lessen their need for manual laborers and other low skilled workers.
I am wondering where the lower classes will concentrate. Will they go south to escape higher costs of cold weather living? That seems to be a trend.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2013 October 12 08:14 PM|