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Yazoo County makes 10 top worst counties list

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YAZOO COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Yazoo County is in the spotlight and for all the wrong reasons. A survey released Tuesday said it's not a place you want to live. RoadSnacks ranked it one of the worst counties to live in in America, number nine of of 10 be exact.

“That is ridiculous,” said business owner Jeff Griffin.

“I can think of nine other worsts counties than Yazoo County," said resident Christopher Bass.

“I don't think there are worse places like Jackson with more killing other than Yazoo County,”  said  resident Dionne Johnson.

RoadSnacks reportedly looked at several factors for the study, including the local economy, crime in the county and schools. 

For example, the poverty rate in the county is more than 20 percent.  Economic development director Whitney Hurt said while that may be correct, some of the other statistics presented were not updated.  Hurt said the unemployment rate is only at nine percent not  21 as the survey shows.  She also points out that a new Walmart is coming to the county that will bring hundreds of jobs in 2017.

“Our port is expanding," said Hurt. "Every day, I am also the port director and every day I get a phone call of someone who wants to locate in our port." 

Hurt said also keep in mind the county has been an agricultural county. That's not a big money maker all the time.

"We are working to develop that workforce development," added Hurt. "We have home center here, we have an ACT workforce and we are really trying to fill the gap.” 

Residents were also upset about this worst crown. They said the county is safe, friendly and a great place to live work and play.

“I raised five children here and I have a family business here," said resident Beverly King. "I think it has just been a wonderful place.” 

 " I think there are worse places like Jackson with more killing other than Yazoo County,” said resident Dionne Johnson.

The report looked at 3,100 counties in America.  Humphreys, Quitman and Holmes Counties also made the "worst" list

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