North Carolina Poverty Rates Staggering

The North Carolina Justice Center has released statistics on the number of people in poverty in our state, and the results are staggering. The data show 18 counties in North Carolina have poverty levels above 20 percent. Nine of those counties are in Eastern Carolina.

Here's a list of those counties in Eastern Carolina with a poverty level above 20 percent:
Lenoir: 25.7%
Martin: 24.6%
Hertford: 24.6%
Halifax: 23.8%
Edgecombe: 22.9%
Wilson:22.7%
Northampton: 22.4%
Pitt: 22.2%
Duplin: 21.5%

The overall state poverty rate is 14.6 percent.

These statistics, for the year 2008, could be considered conservative, since unemployment rates are higher now than they were last year.

Latinos make up the largest ethnic group living in poverty at 28.2 percent, which is a rate three times as high as whites. The share of African Americans living in poverty in North Carolina is 24.3 percent.

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  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Dec 3, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    With the leadership in Raleigh, starting with the governor, what else can anyone expect. TAX, TAX, TAX.
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Dec 3, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    There is a reason people have fought against the OLF. This was NOT going to bring a large amount of jobs to NC. The planes would just touch down on the landing field and take back off. They would not be living here or even patronizing eating places. The government does not pay county taxes. The land that would be taken for this landing field is now earning tax dollars. If the govenment takes it - no tax dollars. Could somebody tell me just what benefit this would be to NC? No money - just noise & family land being taken by the govenment at below market value. That doesn't sound like a good deal to me! Do you have land you want to give to them at pennies on the dollar? I think not!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 3, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    Bouy 9, if you really believe this communistic lifestyle you proclaim, listen to what LEW posted. It has never worked, ever. It has failed everytime. I read the posts and understand wanting to help the poor, but, do you actually do that or procrastinate it or think "others" should do it. Its your job end of sentence. Posting all that feel good, this time of the year says you don't take care of those in your life who are less able, poor or dissabled. Its your job man. The government should not take that responsibility, its not their place. Some of you don't get it, you can be the president of the United States if you only try. It was just proven. Not everybody is born with a silver spoon, they take minimum wage jobs, go to school, get jobs that pay better and then "do a good job with the best of you ability". Sorry, this is what this nation was founded on and if you do not like it, move. Now Bouy 9, go beyond the waves and sink yourself.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    Lets state it another way, These are probably the percentages of the population that the state is taking of. What do you expect when you have humans giving birth to childern they cannot support much less them selves. As one of Washington county school board memeber said, teenage pregency is a wonderful thing. It is, if they can be parents and raise the kids without help from taxpayers. BUT this is not happening.
  • by bouy 9 Location: adrift on Dec 1, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    republican point of view: here take your measly morsels and don't complain, oh and free health care, you mean i have to wait in line with all these poor people who need good health so they can go to work and make the big businesses money
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 at 04:02 AM
    save invest on minimum wage? if i'm correct 150 years ago is only a mere 2 lifetimes ago, seems long but really it's not, people were forced to work with whips!!!!!!!! the wealthy need to make sure poor are paid fairly so they can get ahead just like anyone else,there is no way you can keep up on low wages and a high cost of living, wages have stopped increasing, Capitalism is a disaster with a terminal end, we live like pigs wasting and polluting it's inevitable, the bigger we are the harder we fall, our success is truthfully our failure, businesses only care about their profits and there bottom end, we can trust corporate america, they're saints dressed in white robes ensuring us a better tomorrow, we surely can trust them to lead us into a brighter better tomorrow, and banks too! stand up for your rights tall and strong because the poor and forsaken will meet their glory
  • by LEW Location: Farmville on Nov 30, 2009 at 10:14 AM
    Who determines what is excessive wealth. If a person works hard, saves, invests, and makes a good living through his own effort, should he share that with a person who lies around, doesn't work, throws away money, never saves, never invest, and doesn't try to be a good citizen?? If that is what is going to happen then why should anyone try-- it will just be taken away. This entire "redistribute the wealth that Obama and the Liberal Loons in our society will never work. It just makes lazy people lazyier, takes the drive out of hard working people, and destroys a nation-- it's failed over and over again. Look at the communist countries today--will we never learn????
  • by bouy 9 Location: adrift on Nov 29, 2009 at 03:33 AM
    a lot of people will never share their excessive wealth with the majority poor unless someone makes them
  • by Get real on Nov 27, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    To bouy 9: Slavery ended 150 years ago. There is no unfair distribution of wealth any more. Sure, some people have a lot and give a little...their due will come. Don't let this stop you from working hard and trying to better yourself. The American Dream is still alive. Your socialist views are a little misguided. Yes it would be nice if no one lived in poverty and if those that had, gave to those that didn't. But it is not the governments job to see that it happens.
  • by bouy 9 Location: adrift on Nov 27, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    i believe in the principal of hard work, but isn't nc in the south where slavery was common, if people don't stand up for there rights and get what they deserve which is a better living wage then we will never bring people up out of poverty, it's an unfair distribution of wealth when someone says they can only pay you minimum wage and drives off in a 50'000$ SUV to go home to a 5 bedroom house with flatscreen tv's etc.. americas labor force needs and deserves a better quality of life,even the JANITOR, if i remember correctly isn't greensboro the place where they shot the civil rights activists! The Greensboro massacre took place on November 3, 1979 in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. Five marchers were shot and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party while in a protest. It was the culmination of attempts by the Communist Workers Party (known as the Workers Viewpoint Organization at the time of the shooting) to organize mostly black industrial workers in the area.[1]
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