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Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.
Population loss by degrees: 80-90%, 70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts
- 6.8% - Taliaferro County
- 29.9% - Georgia
- 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
- 26.3% - Taliaferro County
- 13.9% - Georgia
- 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
- 26.5% - Taliaferro County
- 14.3% - Georgia
- 11.8% - U.S.
The last time Taliaferro County voted for a GOP presidential candidate was in 1972. Clinton won 60.8% of the vote in 2016. George Wallace finished behind Humphrey with 35.8% of the vote in 1968.
Tired of waiting, Taliaferro County starts its own health care system. (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 9/28/2018)
Taliaferro (pronounced ‘Toliver’) County is a poster child for the problems of rural Georgia. Poverty is rampant. The median income is $12,000 less than the state average. Every student under Fort’s care qualifies for free or reduced lunches.
Distance is the biggest enemy. Jobs and health care are at least 20 miles away in every direction: Greensboro, Washington, Thomson and Sparta. A sick student means a parent must leave what is likely a time-clock job — in which lost minutes mean lost money — to drive to the school, drive back to the doctor, then to a pharmacy, and finally back home.
Wilkes County/Washington. (10/21/2019)
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