Poverty in the Appalachian Mountains isn't anything new. It has been going on for decades. It was noticed widely for the first time in 1960 when President John F. Kennedy addressed it, and again in 1964, when Lyndon B Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in the Appalachians. Appalachia's money issues affect not only working-class adults in the mountains, but it affects the helpless children, the teenagers, babies, and everyone else living there.
    Many people don't help the people in the Appalachians because the poverty often goes unnoticed. More people tend to donate money to charities to help people in other countries than they do to help people in their own countries.
    Appalachia has been hit with unemployment, death, and health issues. There are more people that are without health coverage than there are people with it. Living in the conditions they live in, they're more prone to prescription drug addiction, toothlessness, and depression. It is clear that the Appalachian residents need help, but there's more to their lives than just poverty. They struggle with a number of things every day to just try and make ends meet....well, barely meet, that is.

Shocking? It shouldn't be.
  • More than 40% of Appalachia residents are living in poverty, and of the 60% who are not, a large number are living on the border line of poverty.
  • Appalachian residents are more prone to chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. 
  • The poverty rate in the Appalachian Mountains is about three times the poverty rate for all of America.
  • Over 50% of the children living in Appalachia are living in poverty. The highest poverty rate for children is in Owsely, KY, with 65%. 
  • People in Appalachia have also been proven to live some of the shortest lives on average in America.