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    Rednecks Aren’t Stupid Afterall, Rural America Surprisingly Prosperous, Study Finds

    What, the mainstream media lied? We thought rednecks were dumb and poor…

    For many people “rural” is synonymous with low incomes, limited economic opportunity, and poor schools. However, a recent study found that much of rural America is actually prosperous, particularly in the Midwest and Plains.

    Researchers just had to look at things differently to see the prosperity.

    The study — announced today and based on date from the year 2000 — analyzed unemployment rates, poverty rates, high school drop-out rates, and housing conditions to identify prospering communities. The result: One in five rural counties in the United States is prosperous, doing better than the nation as a whole on all these measures.



    The study did not define community success in terms of the traditional measures of growth in population, employment and income, according to Andrew Isserman, an economist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of the paper. Instead, it focused on outcomes: Do communities keep their kids in school? Are their unemployment and poverty rates low? Are housing conditions good and the folks healthy?

    “When we started our research, people wondered whether we would find any prosperous rural communities at all using those criteria. But more than 300 of the nation’s rural counties did better than the nation,” Isserman said.

    Counties in America’s Heartland — Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa and parts of six adjacent states — came out on top with half the rural counties prospering. In the Southeast and Southwest, fewer than one in twenty rural counties prosper. (You can see all counties on this map.)

    Prosperous rural counties have more off-farm jobs, more educated populations, and less income inequality than other rural counties.

    The prosperous rural counties in 2000 averaged 2 percent population growth over the previous decade. The worst-off counties, which met no prosperity criteria, averaged five times the growth at 11 percent, yet had much lower incomes.

    “This finding supports our view that growth and prosperity are different dimensions, and much can be learned from studying rural prosperity,” Isserman said.

    Having analyzed the data on 1,300 rural counties, the research team is studying communities up close to learn the story behind the statistical results. “We want to figure out how and why these places prosper in order to help other rural places do well, too,” Isserman said.

    Since the study used data from the year 2000, the findings do not reflect the country’s recent months of financial turmoil.

    The study was published in the July issue of the journal International Regional Science Review.
    http://www.eutimes.net/2009/12/redne...s-study-finds/

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    Looks very similar to the ethnic maps of the country. The light colored areas in the southeast are the 'black belt' with large populations of rural blacks, in the southwest heavily hispanic areas, and in the interior and Alaska indian reservations.
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    The media has defamed 'rednecks' for decades as poor, stupid and ugly. The reason is they are more likely to be patriotic, and the media is a weapon of propaganda for an enemy country and stamps on pockets of patriotism.

    The term redneck itself is a physiological racial slur the same as hooknose or slanty eyes. "Redneck" is widely used by and encouraged by people in the mainstream media, the same as white trash. We all know why this is and who's doing it.

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    This is not news to me I have known Rural America is strong, armed, and prosperous for a long time. It sounds so hickish but "a country boy can survive".

    What scares me is that all the liberal leftist will move into the rural areas and bring their sickness of multiculturalism with them. Lowering economic levels to that of the cities.

    Give president spear chuck-er and his crew more time and they will make sure they reverse this trend.


    It is very much like the ethnic maps of the US also take at look at the voting maps by county and you will see the same thing. Also look at the maps of agricultural productivity the are similar as well. The real freedom loving people will rise again and chase out the bleeding heart leftist and their masters.

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    Most rednecks are middle class. In more urban areas you see a greater gap- you have super rich and super poor. Even though rural rednecks all pretty much have high school diplomas and such how many have college educations? Some yes. Though there isn't as much opportunity out in the middle of nowhere- not as much to enrich oneself with either. Yet on the good side you are also protected from bad influences. Anyway that's why many rednecks go into the military- to be exposed to more things, educate themselves, see the world, get a good job etc. What kind of work is out there? Truck driver or military that acounts for like 75% of the work. There isn't much farm work anymore it's all done by machines. Maybe a little seasonal work that's all. Small farms- they are trampled by zillion acre industrial farms.

    Though it's kind of weird. In the old days all the smart and wealthy lived in the city but now our cities are cestpools. We live in a messed up age. But anyway I wouldn't believe that rural areas are a lot wealthier and better off. No they just lack all the bums and minorities who can't get passed 8th grade. The East Coast and California and such still have far more white millionaires and such than you would see in Nebraska or some place. As I said the redneck areas are just more middle class and with less diversity.Which isn't a bad thing.

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    Is not 'redneck' in usually in reference to the Southern States? The rural Northern ones seem to be the prosperous ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Baughman View Post
    What scares me is that all the liberal leftist will move into the rural areas and bring their sickness of multiculturalism with them. Lowering economic levels to that of the cities
    That's exactly what has happened to New Hampshire over the past decade, being transformed from "live free or die" to a borderline liberal state. Supposedly the same thing has happened out west to Oregon and Colorado, with people moving in from California.
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