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Alabama Headlines
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War Hits Small Towns Hardest
(2007-02-20)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - A new study shows populations of small towns may be shouldering a disproportionate brunt of US military fatalities. The analysis by the Associated Press shows nearly half of the more than 31-hundred U.S. military casualties in Iraq have come from towns with fewer than 25,000 people. The study also shows that one in five are from hometowns of less than 5,000 people.
Vermont ranks as having the highest number of Iraq casualties in comparison to its population, followed by South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Delaware, Montana, Louisiana and Oregon. Alabama was ranked 30th. The anaylsis also shows that nearly three quarters of those killed in Iraq came from towns where the per capita income was below the national average. More than half came from towns where the percentage of people living in poverty topped the national average.

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