2013 October 12 Saturday
On America's Poverty Geography

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 

Jerry Mcgill said at October 14, 2013 12:51 PM:

I've been through Idaho. Lots of poor whites.

superdestroyer said at October 16, 2013 12:13 AM:

Anywhere there are high concentrations of rich people, there will be a significant concentration of poor people. What the rich do is push out the middle class. The rich need servants, tradesmen, and cheap workers to maintain their lifestyle. What has happened in the ability of non-whites to pack themselves into cheap housing and support each other will give them a huge edge in living in large urban areas.

The real question is how low will the birthrate of poor and blue collar whites go and where will they live where they can afford to live and not be buried under a demographic avalanche of non-whites.

Hanford said at October 17, 2013 12:53 PM:

Southern California is full of low class people, although San Francisco has its share as well. Homelessness, you can't get away from it in the bay area.

The people with the lowest IQs in the US tend to be blacks, and most of them live in inner cities and in the US south.

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