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Jacobtm
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« on: August 17, 2009, 12:27:08 am »

Is there any county-level data around that would show if there is any trend between the % of people surviving on welfare and an area's population density. My initial guess would be that very rural areas are highly dependent on gov't handouts, while suburbs the least and cities in the middle.

However, I just don't know...
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009, 02:48:57 pm »

The Census reports disability status.  I've never dug deep enough to see if there's any other governmental aid information (I'll check) but I don't think so offhand.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2009, 02:51:17 pm »

Your question presupposes that people can 'depend on welfare' - rather dubious.
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2009, 02:56:37 pm »

Your question presupposes that people can 'depend on welfare' - rather dubious.

No it doesn't. depending on something does not mean it is dependable.  Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2009, 02:57:54 pm »

Depends how you define welfare. Farm subsidies? Social Security? Stimulus jobs?
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2009, 02:59:45 pm »

Your question presupposes that people can 'depend on welfare' - rather dubious.

No it doesn't. depending on something does not mean it is dependable.  Tongue

No I meant 'depend' in the sense the original poster appeared to be using it - 'to live upon'.
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2009, 06:32:05 am »

Again all these starving people in America that opebo knows about but nobody else does.

Now comes the spiel about how "surviving" doesn't equal "living" or some other nonsense.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2009, 10:11:30 am »

Again all these starving people in America that opebo knows about but nobody else does.

Now comes the spiel about how "surviving" doesn't equal "living" or some other nonsense.

No, I'm not necessarily saying they're dead, I'm just saying that welfare doesn't keep them alive.   
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