Poverty is a death sentence. Women will live 12 years longer in Marin County, California than in Perry County, Kentucky. The reason? One county is wealthy, the other is poor. People should not die young because they are poor. Income inequality kills. That must end.
“All Americans are entitled to live healthy and decent lives”.
Senator Bernie Sanders
Marin County, California
The median income for a household in the county was $71,306 and the median income for a family was $88,934. As of 2007, these figures had risen to $83,732 and $104,750. In May 2010, the county had the lowest unemployment rate in California.
Perry County, Kentucky
The median income for a household in the county was $22,089, and the median income for a family was $26,718. Males had a median income of $31,702 versus $20,502 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,224. In May 2010 the county unemployment rate at 7.80%.