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15 percent of North Carolinians in poverty PDF Print
Thursday, 10 January 2008 19:00

Data released Wednesday shows almost 15 percent of North Carolinians live in poverty.

The numbers, assembled by the U.S. Census Bureau, are three years old, but still provide the best portrayal available of poverty in the state. North Carolina’s most prosperous regions are urban areas, counties along the coast, and mountain areas popular with tourists like Watauga County. The eastern part of the state is the most impoverished, the report suggests. The state’s median income was less than $41,000. The state also earned an F for spending on tobacco control programs. According to the Associated Press, the almost $19 million the state has allocated for this fiscal year is less than half of what’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The state earned another F for its smoke-free-air legislation. While smoking is banned in state government buildings thanks to a new law, there is no ban on private work places. The report also penalized the state for not allowing cities, towns and counties to pass smoke-free ordinances stricter than state law. The state did, however, score a C for its laws restricting youth access to tobacco.
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