Tin Shop Tartan - Randolph County Alabama's Own Snarky and Surly Scot Gets All Native

Blogging from the suburbs of the Tin Shop community, Captain Plaid brings Progressivism, and a share of Quixotic angst, to the ridges and hollows of Randolph County, Alabama. Hardly a booster yet rooted here enough to fight, Plaidsters can perhaps find like cause in trying to build local solutions to global concerns. Education, environment, economy, entertainment, engagement ... Trust the Tartan!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Poverty in Randoph County and Alabama

Randolph County has, according to 2000 Census data, 22,380 people. Of those, we have 3,695 living below the poverty level. That puts us at 17%. Alabama has 4,447,100 people as of 2000. 698,097 or 16.1% live below the poverty level.

I posted today at Captain Plaid my thoughts on a Washington Post opinion piece confronting the fact that incomes for the lower and middle rungs in our society have remained stagnant compared to the elite in these last twenty five years. Wilcox has over 40% poverty and even Shelby has 6.3% with experts like AU history professor expressing confusion that such an evangelical state can tolerate such conditions. And even more troubling view would be given if the archaic Orshansky Threshold for determing poverty were not applied.

Damned if doing this isn't worth it simply for helping me organize my thoughts and gain exposure to new ideas in that I've just discovered The Alabama Poverty Project. I'll add to Captain Bama post haste!

Peace ... or War!