Southern Rankings








Here are the current Southern (as defined by the Southern Governors Association) rankings for population, unemployment, percent of population in prison, median income, population receiving welfare or foodstamps and percentage of population without healthcare insurance.

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States Population Unemployed Prison
Population
Median
Income
Receiving
Welfare
Receiving
Food
Stamps
Uninsured
AL 23 34 06 47 31 12 29
AK 32 16 22 49 39 10 41
DC 50 44 51 20 01 05 16
FL 04 41 07 36 45 28 49
GA 09 40 02 22 49 16 42
KY 26 39 17 48 19 07 27
LA 25 10 01 50 48 06 47
MD 19 18 26 02 29 40 24
MS 31 37 04 51 37 01 46
MO 18 33 18 37 12 02 22
NC 10 48 28 43 41 20 37
OK 28 09 05 44 42 15 44
SC 24 50 08 42 32 08 36
TN 17 37 15 45 04 03 28
TX 02 14 03 38 46 21 51
VA 12 16 13 08 34 38 25
WV 37 12 41 46 22 04 32

The chart is based on the most current figures available from the following sources:

Here are the raw numbers:

Population:
AL: 4,661,900
AK: 2,855,390
DC: 5,918,333
FL: 18,328,340
GA: 9,685,744
KY: 4,269,245
LA: 4,410,796
MD: 5,633,597
MS: 2,938,618
MO: 5,911,605
NC: 9,222,414
OK: 3,642,361
SC: 4,479,800
TN: 6,214,888
TX: 24,326,974
VA: 7,769,089
WV: 1,814,468

Unemployment Rate:
AL: 8.4%
AK: 6.6%
DC: 9.9%
FL: 9.4%
GA: 9.3%
KY: 9.3%
LA: 5.7%
MD: 6.7%
MS: 9.1%
MO: 8.3%
NC: 10.7%
OK: 5.5%
SC: 11.0%
TN: 9.1%
TX: 6.5%
VA: 6.6%
WV: 6.0%

Prison Population:
AL: 40,561 (0.87%)
AK: 47,974 (1.68%)
DC: 3,552 (0.06%)
FL: 148,521 (0.81%)
GA: 92,647 (0.96%)
KY: 30,034 (0.70%)
LA: 51,458 (1.17%)
MD: 35,601 (0.63%)
MS: 27,902 (0.95%)
MO: 41,461 (0.70%)
NC: 53,854 (0.58%)
OK: 32,593 (0.89%)
SC: 35,298 (0.79%)
TN: 43,678 (0.70%)
TX: 223,195 (0.92%)
VA: 57,444 (0.74%)
WV: 8,043 (0.44%)

Median Income:
AL: $49,901
AK: $39,452
DC: $50,318
FL: $46,383
GA: $49,692
KY: $40,029
LA: $39,418
MD: $63,552
MS: $36,499
MO: $45,924
NC: $42,219
OK: $41,578
SC: $42,477
TN: $41,521
TX: $58,950
VA: $57,178
WV: $40,800

Receiving State Welfare:
AL: 41,849
AK: 19,689
DC: 39,267
FL: 87,632
GA: 37,983
KY: 58,124
LA: 19,545
MD: 57,601
MS: 23,714
MO: 101,916
NC: 49,653
OK: 19,170
SC: 38,050
TN: 144,705
TX: 115,690
VA: 65,546
WV: 22,927

Receiving Federal Food Stamps:
AL: 61,377
AK: 387,956
DC: 92,288
FL: 1,694,649
GA: 1,139,309
KY: 663,591
LA: 687,571
MD: 402,892
MS: 472,537
MO: 949,404
NC: 1,012,481
OK: 432,642
SC: 636,698
TN: 977,109
TX: 2,651,370
VA: 582,494
WV: 285,242

People Without Health Insurance:
AL: 632,000
AK: 485,000
DC: 64,000
FL: 3,698,000
GA: 1,658,000
KY: 569,000
LA: 807,000
MD: 761,000
MS: 543,000
MO: 723,000
NC: 1,469,000
OK: 640,000
SC: 705,000
TN: 830,000
TX: 5,687,000
VA: 1,031,000
WV: 268,000

4 thoughts on “Southern Rankings

  1. Lee Leslie Post author

    Lowlights:
    Unemployment: Nationally, only Michigan is in worse shape the SC, but NC and most of the South is right behind.
    Prison Population: Texas is approaching a quarter of million in jail -- they must be proud. Louisiana and Arkansas have the distinction of more than 1% of the population in prison. Perhaps it is their answer to unemployment.
    Median Income: Capturing 9 of the bottom 10 places, the South needs a bailout much worse than Wall Street ever has.
    Welfare and Food Stamps: These are included to show how Southern states treat their most needy citizens. Someone please explain how Texas has 2.6 million who need food stamps, but only 115 thousand who qualify for welfare. Similar miserly, heartbreaking cruelty are demonstrated in every other Southern state with notable exceptions: AL, DC.
    Health Insurance: No Southern state is even in the top 20 for the percentage of population with health insurance (DC is not technically a state, though arguably Southern) and no state bottoms Texas.

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  2. Martha Fagan

    What is it about the South that numbers one through eight in the rankings of the most incarcerated are: Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.

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  3. Keith Graham

    Yes, these rankings are very telling. And the rankings on schools and education would mirror these numbers.

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