Jefferson County is a Hard Place to Live

In fact, it is the ninth-hardest county to live in, according to The New York Times.

What’s most troubling about the report is that virtually every county in Georgia is found to be a hard place to live.

Here’s how the Gray Lady reached that conclusion:

[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.


  1. Jon Richards says:

    “Virtually every county?” Yet I can pretty much move from Rabun County in northeast Georgia to Macon and still be within top top 60% of counties nationwide. And that’s not including many counties along the Atlantic coast.

  2. greencracker says:

    The pencil-neck geeks have an answer for Ed:

    They used counties bc counties are the easiest … even though some have 10m residents and some have < 1000.

    And no, they didn't adjust for cost of living.

    You know that old phrase about lies, damned lies and statistics? Data journalism is the statistics of the journalism world: it shows the truth …. but you have to put a big ole asterisk beside it.

    • saltycracker says:

      Mountain epiphany: The bears did not starve when the trash pits were removed, they thrived. (And we got a bit more concerned for a good habitat)

      Loosely passing out food stamps and disability as a substitute for healthy food distribution and mobile health clinics/wellness education ?
      We don’t need to cut govt money to poor areas but help them make better use of it.

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