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  •  There's no one reason... (5+ / 0-)
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    Debby, Minerva, bythesea, Joe Bob, mmacdDE

    ...but here are a handful of contributing factors:

    1) Small population: McCreary 18,285, Owsley 4,820, Wolfe 7,342

    2) Low education (% with HS Diploma/Bachelor's): McCreary 64%/8%, Owsley 58%/6%, Wolfe 57%/8% [Statewide: 81%/20%]

    3) High poverty (% under Federal line): McCreary 35%, Owsley 42%, Wolfe 42% [Statewide: 18%]

    4) Low median income: McCreary $22.6K, Owsley $19.3K, Wolfe $20.9K [Statewide: $41.5K]

    5) High unemployment (Oct 2012 numbers): McCreary 12.3%, Owsley 10.5%, Wolfe 12.4% [Statewide: 7.8%]

    6) Low voter turnout: McCreary 52%, Owsley 45%, Wolfe 46% [Statewide: 59%]

    So, you have a relatively small sample of poorly educated people who are struggling with both poverty and high unemployment; that leads to low turnout, and may also indicate a "base" electorate.

    PS: If you're interested in city- and county-level demographics, the Census Bureau QuickFacts data is invaluable...

    •  The folks came over the mountains, and settled (2+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, Calamity Jean

      in Appalachia.  They had small gardens, chickens, lived off game from the woods.

      That's what they still do.  They survive. There are no jobs.  Literally - there are no jobs.  There is nothing. Coal is about the only industry remotely close.

      "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

      by mumtaznepal on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:01:29 AM PST

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