We all know that the central and southern states are where the real, god-fearing ‘Merkins live, those who uphold the good old-fashioned virtues of independence and hard work, unlike the heathens in the rest of the country with their lazy and hedonistic values.
But Emily Cohn has put together nine maps of the US that show various indicators of income and quality of life. It turns out that the southern states are paying a high price for being able to think of themselves as living the way that god intended.
The southern states are those in which:
- poverty rates are a lot higher
- minimum wages are much lower
- people are a lot less likely to move up the economic ladder
- there are higher rates of obesity and cigarette smokers and teen births
- people are being denied access to affordable health care by rejecting Medicaid expansion which in turn is costing them a lot of money.
But the real clincher is the graph that shows that the southern states are also the least happy.