Thank goodness for Mississippi.
And South Carolina.
And most of the rest of the Southern states.
Thanks to them, Georgia doesn’t come off looking all that bad in a new report from the Pew Center on the States.
In its Economic Mobility Project, Pew says our Southern neighbors are the worst places in the country for upward mobility — that is, where it’s hardest to climb the old economic ladder. They’re pretty good for downward mobility, though.
To the point: Georgia actually scores OK in this one. The study rates us “not statistically different,” from the rest of the country, which means we’re around the national average in terms of upward and downward economic mobility.
The study took into account three metrics: absolute income gains, relative upward mobility and relative downward mobility. States were found either to outperform or underperform the nation as a whole in each category.
Only Tennessee and Georgia among Southern states were average.
While Georgia and Tennessee were at par, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma had the most downward mobility and least upward mobility in the U.S. Next worst were Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas and Kentucky.
Galling, perhaps, to some here, is the list of states that fared best when it comes to having greater upward mobility and lower downward mobility. They were Yankee top-heavy, with states including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Utah and Connecticut nailing it.
For a fuller look, see the Pew report.