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Ethnic Diversity and Wealth in the US

Vox_Veritas
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1/9/2015 5:06:18 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Southern states, surprisingly, have some of the most ethnically diverse areas in the U.S.
Meanwhile, wealthy places like Vermont are nearly homogeneous.
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ford_prefect
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1/9/2015 5:17:09 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 1/9/2015 5:06:18 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Southern states, surprisingly, have some of the most ethnically diverse areas in the U.S.
Meanwhile, wealthy places like Vermont are nearly homogeneous.
Thoughts?

Pretty obvious if you know US history. Rural Southern states are poor because they relied on a slave plantation economy. Now that we don't do slavery anymore and cotton is no longer a cash crop, these states don't really have anything to build an economy around. Texas is an exception, largely due to its natural resources like oil and natural gas.

Meanwhile, States like Vermont are homogenous today because they didn't have a large slave population, so most everyone there was white. Furthermore, they are wealthier today because their economy was built with free labor, and they built factories and mines to benefit from industrialization at better rates than the South. So those states never faced the challenges faced by the southern states of reorganizing their economic structure and completely switching industries. Plus they don't have large chunk of people who were historically never taught to read or write, and then went for another 100 years with segregated school systems that were a joke. Those generations of poverty and illiteracy really hurt the southern states and slowed their economic growth.
dylancatlow
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1/9/2015 7:10:41 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 1/9/2015 5:06:18 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Southern states, surprisingly, have some of the most ethnically diverse areas in the U.S.
Meanwhile, wealthy places like Vermont are nearly homogeneous.
Thoughts?

This ceases to be a meaningful statistics when you actually consider the facts. On average, whites earn about twice as much as blacks and hispanics. So areas with lots of white people and few minorities will tend to be wealthier for reasons which have nothing to do with racial homogeneity per se (Detriot, for instance, is the most homogeneous major US city (85 percent black), and yet is also the most improvised major US city). On the other hand, San Francisco is very diverse, but still has relatively few blacks and hispanics, and is one of the wealthiest major US cities.
Zarroette
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1/10/2015 6:26:23 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 1/9/2015 5:06:18 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Southern states, surprisingly, have some of the most ethnically diverse areas in the U.S.
Meanwhile, wealthy places like Vermont are nearly homogeneous.
Thoughts?

Racially homogeneous states/nations are ideal. With this in mind, your findings are not surprising.