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April 21, 2022

How West Virginia’s History Affects its Residents

McDaniel Free Press – Because of the limits social media has, people seem to overlook the reality we live in today. Most U.S. citizens are interested in scrolling through social media apps for news, but that does not mean they are gaining important information every time they turn their phone on. Here is how social media works: people will talk about topics that are considered popular and focus their attention on that topic until it is not interesting anymore. In that case, It makes people who are struggling feel like they are not a priority.  Although reality is hard to face, we must stay in the loop. There are serious problems in this world that are not being brought up to the surface and these are the facts: U.S. citizens are living in immense poverty. Read the full article.

West Virginia was declared the second poorest state in 2022. According to the World Population Review, “…with a $48,850 median household income and a poverty rate of 17.54%. West Virginia‘s educational attainment levels are on the low side, with the lowest percentage of adults with a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and has the second-lowest life expectancy of 74.8.” Poverty is affecting the rates of people’s life expectancy due to the fact a chunk of West Virginians can not provide for their kids let alone themselves. 

West Virginia’s main priority is mining. “In West Virginia, mining is the largest industry, accounting for 5.4% of the state’s total GDP of $78.9 billion. The industry’s annual economic output totals $4.3 billion, a 6.2% increase over the last five years. Overall employment in the industry totals about 14,300, or 1.9% of all jobs in West Virginia,” according to the World Population Review.

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