Friday, October 23, 2009

1 in 5 Martinsville Residents Lives in Poverty

Here's a sobering statistic from our friends at the USDA Economic Research Service: one in five Martinsville City residents lives in poverty. Danville is in even worse shape, with a poverty rate of 22.8%.

Henry, Pittsylvania, and Patrick Counties come in at 16.1%, 12.1% and 15.0%, respectively. I'm not even sure where to begin with this, but it's certainly very sobering. This is why it's so frustrating when the media latches on to meaningless indicators like the Dow reaching 10k. I say meaningless because that sort of news doesn't put food on anyone's table; it just gives clueless, simple-minded talking heads something to talk about.

For a full list of the statistics from around the state and to see where your hometown stands, take a look at this link. (h/t Mark Brooks at Heartland of Virginia)

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