Raw Data: Where the Poor Are

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Earlier today Matt Yglesias put up a map from the Census Bureau showing median incomes by county. He used it to make the point that the Midwest “Rust Belt” isn’t actually all that poor. I don’t have any complementary point to make, but I thought the map was interesting to look at. I’ve recolored it so that the poorest counties are shown in hot pink, which makes them easier to see.

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