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Beyond ‘poor and uneducated’ — demographics show WNC’s complexity

 When it comes to wealth and education levels in Western North Carolina, the region is sharply divided in ways that could have substantial political implications.

Carolina Public Press has analyzed new estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released last month to get a sense of how the region looks by measures of educational attainment and the percentage of people living below the poverty line.

The Great Recession was in full swing during the last official census count in 2010. Job markets were in turmoil, with many workers displaced. They faced tough choices – settle for more secure but lower-paying jobs, live with less, change fields, go back to school for training or relocate to another area of the state or the country.   Continue reading
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