Counties in the African American South stretch in a belt that runs from Virginia down through Texas.
Counties in the African American South are home to 16.4 million people. With a median household income of just $37,500, the African American South is the least wealthy of the 15 county types in the American Communities Project (ACP). The percentage of people with a college degree, 20.5%, is 10% lower than the national average. At 7%, unemployment is roughly 2% higher in these communities than in the rest of the nation. The African American South also experiences elevated rates of children in poverty, 34% compared to the national average of 20%.