Amazing Geographic Trend in Child Well-Being

The Washington Post this morning published a new study on the well-being of children in the United States. They write:

A new report on how America’s children are faring, just released by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that Massachusetts is doing the best job and Mississippi the worst in four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family/community indicators.

The KidsCount 2014 Data Book finds that in 2012, 23 percent of U.S. children were living below the official poverty line and many others live just above it, a jump from 2005 when 19 percent were living below the poverty line.

An interesting aspect is the 37th parallel which runs from about the Va/NC border through the panhandle of Oklahoma to Monterey, CA. Below this line children rank the lowest in the USA. Why is that?

Of course most of the Confederate States are south of this line except for Virginia. Children never have fared well in that section of the United States. Why is that?

How can citizens of those states keep on returning legislators to office year after year? Maybe they don’t know how poorly their children are doing because they don’t know what is happening north of the 37th parallel.





3 thoughts on “Amazing Geographic Trend in Child Well-Being

  1. But wait, there’s more. A recent survey found that a very large percentage of Mississippians would fight for the Confederacy in another Civil War. A slightly smaller percentage wanted to secede from the United States. That state ranks No. 1 in getting back more Federal Tax Dollars than they pay in, about 4 to 1. And almost every state with that type of return ratio is in the South.

    In case you’re thinking it’s racial makeup, that doesn’t jive as states with similar racial populations in other parts of the Country that do much better.

    (Ohio is one of those states where we pay more than we get back.)

    So is it geography or culture?

  2. Exactly. And, that cuture has existed since 1750! 200+ years. A culture. A devastating civil war did not change it. How do you end a culture?

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