|The nine-county area of West Virginia that was cut|
from the test. (Census Bureau map; click to enlarge)
"That could have broad implications for the South," writes Kromm. "While about 19 percent of the country's population is rural, the figure for Southern states is over 33 percent. At the same time, rural areas tend to be more economically depressed and dependent on federal aid. In fact, West Virginia receives the highest level of per capita federal funding at $2,755 per person — some of which is determined by census data."