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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“Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers.
Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society.
Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears.
Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi
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