Madison Parish Rated Least Livable Among Louisiana Parishes

Madison Parish was ranked Louisiana’s worst county to live in, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of regions with the poorest quality of life within all 50 states.

Madison Parish recorded a five-year population change of negative 4.1 percent. Its poverty rate was estimated at 36.4 percent, while the share of adults with bachelor’s degrees was 13.4 percent, 24/7 Wall St. reported.

Average life expectancy at birth in Madison Parish is 71.6 years.

The analysis used U.S. Census Bureau numbers, as well as data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, to examine these counties’ poverty rates, average life expectancy and the share of the population with four-year college degrees. Counties with populations under 10,000 were excluded from the analysis.

The counties identified in the study were largely left out of the general prosperity the United States as a whole experienced in recent years, 24/7 Wall St. said.

Worst Counties to Live in by State

Rank County State 5-year Population Change Poverty Rate Adult Bachelor’s Degree Attainment Life Expectancy (Years)
1 Wilcox Alabama -6.7% 31.9% 12.0% 72.2
2 Bethel Census Area Alaska 4.5% 27.0% 12.6% 74.3
3 Apache Arizona 0.0% 35.9% 11.5% 74.3
4 Phillips Arkansas -9.8% 33.0% 11.3% 71.3
5 Lake California -0.4% 22.8% 15.3% 75.8
6 Otero Colorado -2.5% 22.9% 17.7% 76.4
7 Windham Connecticut -1.2% 11.1% 24.4% 79.0
8 Kent Delaware 6.4% 13.0% 23.5% 77.5
9 Union Florida -0.6% 21.4% 8.3% 67.6
10 Ben Hill Georgia -1.9% 30.4% 10.2% 73.6
11 Hawaii Hawaii 5.9% 17.4% 28.6% 80.2
12 Owyhee Idaho -0.8% 23.3% 9.7% 78.7
13 Saline Illinois -2.2% 20.6% 16.4% 74.9
14 Switzerland Indiana 1.0% 19.7% 8.7% 76.5
15 Lee Iowa -2.7% 16.3% 15.7% 77.5
16 Wyandotte Kansas 3.8% 21.4% 16.7% 75.4
17 McCreary Kentucky -2.5% 41.0% 7.6% 76.3
18 Madison Parish Louisiana -4.1% 36.4% 13.4% 71.6
19 Piscataquis Maine -2.7% 18.7% 17.8% 78.0
20 Baltimore Maryland -0.1% 22.4% 30.4% 72.1
21 Hampden Massachusetts 1.1% 17.2% 26.5% 78.9
22 Lake Michigan 1.1% 25.0% 11.4% 76.8
23 Wadena Minnesota -1.3% 15.0% 12.9% 78.8
24 Holmes Mississippi -4.9% 46.5% 10.7% 71.0
25 Pemiscot Missouri -5.2% 28.5% 12.0% 72.0
26 Roosevelt Montana 7.1% 29.1% 15.5% 71.2
27 Dakota Nebraska -1.6% 16.8% 12.6% 78.4
28 Nye Nevada -1.2% 17.3% 11.5% 74.1
29 Coos New Hampshire -2.3% 13.3% 18.3% 78.2
30 Cumberland New Jersey -1.2% 18.8% 14.4% 76.6
31 McKinley New Mexico 1.3% 37.5% 10.8% 78.4
32 Bronx New York 5.0% 29.7% 19.4% 78.7
33 Robeson North Carolina 0.2% 29.2% 12.8% 73.7
34 Rolette North Dakota 4.6% 32.4% 20.7% 73.0
35 Adams Ohio -2.1% 23.8% 12.1% 75.2
36 Choctaw Oklahoma -1.3% 31.0% 12.5% 73.3
37 Malheur Oregon -2.0% 25.2% 13.2% 78.4
38 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2.9% 25.8% 27.1% 75.5
39 Providence Rhode Island 1.0% 16.7% 27.8% 79.3
40 Marlboro South Carolina -4.3% 26.6% 8.9% 72.0
41 Oglala Lakota South Dakota 0.0% 51.9% 12.4% 66.8
42 Grundy Tennessee -2.9% 28.5% 11.0% 72.5
43 Zavala Texas 3.4% 36.2% 7.6% 77.9
44 San Juan Utah 3.3% 28.4% 17.3% 79.0
45 Orleans Vermont -0.9% 14.2% 22.0% 79.4
46 Petersburg Virginia -0.6% 27.6% 17.5% 72.2
47 Adams Washington 3.7% 23.1% 13.6% 79.2
48 McDowell West Virginia -10.3% 34.9% 4.9% 70.3
49 Adams Wisconsin -3.8% 13.0% 12.5% 77.8
50 Uinta Wyoming -0.9% 14.9% 17.4% 77.4

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

This article was first published by The Center Square.

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