"Lee County, second to Owsley in terms of the decline in life expectancy, is home to “America’s poorest white town”—Beattyville, Kentucky, the county seat. Beattyville has seen an explosion of opioid addiction since the closure of its few coalmines and decline of the oil and timber industries. The median household income in the town stands at $14,871, less than a third of the national median. Like its measure of life expectancy, Lee County’s household income is lower today than it was in 1980."
found themselves consigned to economic ghettos, living
in neighborhoods where more than 40 percent subsist
below the poverty level.
40 percent poverty, according to recently released report
by the Brookings Institution.