What’s most troubling about the report is that virtually every county in Georgia is found to be a hard place to live.
[B]y looking at six data points for each county in the United States: education (percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree), median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity. We then averaged each county’s relative rank in these categories to create an overall ranking.
(We tried to include other factors, including income mobility and measures of environmental quality, but we were not able to find data sets covering all counties in the United States.)
In other words: these are all poor and rural counties.
Our bright spots are all what you would expect: Cobb, Cherokee, Columbia, Fayette, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall and Oconee counties.
While Georgia undoubtedly has some tough places to live, I wonder if having so many counties drags the numbers down for us.