Georgia brings to mind images of the beautiful landscapes and some of the best people in the country.
However, like all states, Georgia has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.
With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sights on bringing attention to the places in Georgia that could use a helping hand.
After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 280 places in Georgia with more than 2,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten poorest places in the Peach State:
- Fort Valley
To be clear, this isn’t a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it’s just a look at the facts and status of the economy.
For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the richest place in Georgia? That would be Skidaway Island.
How We Determined The Poorest Places In Georgia
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the poorest places is simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of certain size.
However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “poorest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:
- Poverty Level
- Median Household Income (Lower is poorer)
- Unemployment Rate (Higher is poorer)
Median household income is more a digestible way to understand how poor a place really is. While the unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.
After we collected the data for all 280 places with more than 2,000 people in Georgia, we ranked each place from 1 to 280 for each of the criteria with 1 being the most poor.
We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “poor score” with the place having the lowest overall poor score, Quitman, being named the “Poorest Place In Georgia”.
You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 280 places.
Population: 3,808Poverty Level: 39.2%
Unemployment Rate: 31.2%
2. Fort Valley
Population: 9,448Poverty Level: 42.9%
Unemployment Rate: 21.4%
Population: 2,089Poverty Level: 37.4%
Unemployment Rate: 21.8%
Population: 4,447Poverty Level: 41.7%
Unemployment Rate: 25.7%
Population: 3,964Poverty Level: 39.1%
Unemployment Rate: 26.2%
Population: 11,177Poverty Level: 41.6%
Unemployment Rate: 20.3%
Population: 3,731Poverty Level: 35.0%
Unemployment Rate: 22.7%
Population: 4,066Poverty Level: 41.7%
Unemployment Rate: 24.0%
Population: 4,917Poverty Level: 43.9%
Unemployment Rate: 15.5%
Population: 3,887Poverty Level: 34.6%
Unemployment Rate: 18.4%
There You Have It – The Poorest Places In Georgia
Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest places in Georgia we weren’t trying to comment on the quality of the people in the area, only the statistics. But when you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being on he bottom of the income ladder.
If you’re curious enough, here are the richest cities in GA, according to data:
Richest: Skidaway Island
2nd Richest: Isle Of Hope
3rd Richest: Grayson
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Detailed List Of Poorest Places In Georgia