A poverty map where the South looks the best


The South looks in rough shape on national maps of many kinds — maps of life expectancy, single-parent families and households without bank accounts . The South is where poor children have the worst economic mobility and where, as teenagers, they’re least likely to graduate from high school on time .

These maps are all snapshots of life today, enabling us to compare one corner of the country to another at the same time. Compare these same places to how they looked decades ago, however, and here is one case where the South emerges as a national leader: Poverty rates […]