23 - The Effects of Poverty and Lack of Resources on Educational Attainment

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The Effects of Poverty and Lack of Resources on Educational Attainment

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This research will explore the correlations among poverty and low educational attainment for all counties in Georgia. It will also demonstrate a more in-depth look of five census tracts located in Lowndes County analyzing the lack of transportation, lack of public resources (specifically, public libraries) and poverty as key factors in lower education attainment.

First, an examination of all fifty-nine counties in Georgia will be used to obtain data through the census bureau to determine if a correlation between poverty and low educational attainment exists. This information will then be compared to show the correlation between the two factors, poverty and low educational attainment. Next, five census tracts showing the highest percentage of poverty will be evaluated in Lowndes County. These areas will be used to produce a map indicating the placement of resources that show the accessibility of resources to the evaluated areas. This data will also be used to determine if the lack of transportation and resources coupled with poverty can hinder the ability to obtain higher education for the impoverished areas.

Research conducted on the Georgia counties showed a significant correlation between poverty rates and that of low educational attainment. Research also indicated, through the mapping of resources within the five census tracts in Lowndes County, those living in these areas showed low educational attainment with little to no private transportation, no access to public transportation, and little to no access to public resources, such as libraries. This supports the idea that these factors; poverty, lack of transportation, and inaccessible resources can and do influence one’s ability to obtain higher education.

 
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23 - The Effects of Poverty and Lack of Resources on Educational Attainment

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The Effects of Poverty and Lack of Resources on Educational Attainment

Abstract

This research will explore the correlations among poverty and low educational attainment for all counties in Georgia. It will also demonstrate a more in-depth look of five census tracts located in Lowndes County analyzing the lack of transportation, lack of public resources (specifically, public libraries) and poverty as key factors in lower education attainment.

First, an examination of all fifty-nine counties in Georgia will be used to obtain data through the census bureau to determine if a correlation between poverty and low educational attainment exists. This information will then be compared to show the correlation between the two factors, poverty and low educational attainment. Next, five census tracts showing the highest percentage of poverty will be evaluated in Lowndes County. These areas will be used to produce a map indicating the placement of resources that show the accessibility of resources to the evaluated areas. This data will also be used to determine if the lack of transportation and resources coupled with poverty can hinder the ability to obtain higher education for the impoverished areas.

Research conducted on the Georgia counties showed a significant correlation between poverty rates and that of low educational attainment. Research also indicated, through the mapping of resources within the five census tracts in Lowndes County, those living in these areas showed low educational attainment with little to no private transportation, no access to public transportation, and little to no access to public resources, such as libraries. This supports the idea that these factors; poverty, lack of transportation, and inaccessible resources can and do influence one’s ability to obtain higher education.