Sep 9, 2014

Poverty in Athens County: OU students greatly impact percentage

A recent study that showed Athens County having the highest percentage of low-to-moderate income residents in the entire state is deeply affected by the city of Athens being the home of Ohio University. Data shows that off-campus students indeed skew the numbers, showing a major increase in poverty levels throughout the area.

This article in The Athens Messenger is the first of a two-part series to further examine the data and its impact on Athens County.

1 comment:

Gerald Vonberger said...

That's very interesting. There's a huge link to societal and family problems and poverty. The rates are higher than I had imagined though. There are a bunch of family services that can help with this sort of thing. If we can get them involved, it will turn out much better.