These are only a few images that come to mind when most when we hear about Appalachia. Though these may be the stereotypes, they are not the only stories. The Appalachian region has long been a back bone of North American industry and continues to play a vital role as it has throughout our history.
Coal mine closures and other shifts in industry have drastically affected the economies of these regions and has thrust some into extreme poverty. This poverty not only strikes financially, but spiritually.
The Appalachian region encompasses 205,000 square miles along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains, including portions of 12 states.
1 in 6
About one in six Appalachian residents lived below the poverty level during 2006 to 2010
live below the poverty line in the combined Appalachian regions of Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia