Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Population loss in rural Arkansas: Lee County

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.  

Source:  Wikipedia (Lee County, Marianna)

Marianna is the county seat of Lee County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-89%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  •   8.4% - Lee County
  • 22.0% - Arkansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 19.2% - Lee County
  • 16.6% - Arkansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

Lee County has voted for a Republican candidate for president just once -- in 1972, Richard Nixon.

Related reading:
Widespread Racial Violence Persists in Eastern Arkansas Farming Area.  (The New York Times, 10/10/1971)
MARIANNA, Ark.—A notion is going around, mostly in the North, that the race issue is fading away in the South. The people of eastern Arkansas know better. 
During the last year, a 50‐mile stretch of Arkansas's richest cotton and soybean country across the Mississippi River from Memphis has seen one black man shot to death by white policeman, 10 blacks and whites injured by gunfire in three towns, numerous others beaten with clubs, tire tools and fists, and several buildings damaged by arson.

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