Anyone ever been to Hale County Alabama? It's part of Alabama's Black Belt region. From an economic standpoint, the Black Belt would roughly be the equivalent to some of the poorer African countries.
Think of it in the same context of white flight as seen in urban areas. Now expand that to an entire county and that's what you have. There are literally no jobs to be had in the area. The people there are poor with little to no education. Hell, the church we attend does a mission trip to Sawyerville, Al every year to teach young children.
I assume most, if not all of the locals are on gov't assistance. All of the ones I've spoken with are. It's sad. Anyone Guess Where the Black Belt Is?
Or guess the demographics?