• John Abell

    This article raises a number of useful points. However, one of them–the assertion that there is a “higher rate of poverty of residents in non-metropolitan counties” doesn’t square with the facts, at least in Virginia where the average poverty rate in cities is 18.1% and in counties is only 14%. (Source: US Census, Small area income and poverty estimates). John Abell, Carl Stern Professor of Economics, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA.