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The Changing Location and Characteristics of America’s Poorest and Most Affluent Counties, 1980 to 2010

Authors: Wendy Shaw*, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Topics: Social Geography
Keywords: US, Poverty, Affluence, Inequality
Session Type: Paper
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Poverty and inequality in the United States are a chronic and seemingly intractable problems despite efforts since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an ‘unconditional war on poverty’ in 1964. This study explores the changing spatial distribution of America's poorest and most affluent counties over the 30 years from 1980 to 2010. In addition the changing gap between rich and poor counties over three decades is also discussed.

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