A few notes:
- Southern metro areas of more than 500,000 comprise sixteen of the worst twenty-five American cities for absolute social mobility.
- North Carolina has four out of the top eight.
- The sum population of these areas is 21,165,304, or 27% of the overall Southern population in 2000 (incl. Jacksonville as a FL enclave).
- Mississippi and West Virginia aren't represented on this list because neither state had a metro area large enough to qualify in 2000.
It's shocking just how much wealth is being accumulated in the so-called "New South" while so many residents of its increasingly shiny cities are totally incapable of enjoying its new-found privileges.