Gas prices are high everywhere, but their impact is being felt much harder by low-income Americans who live in rural areas. “Nationwide, Americans are now spending about 4 percent of their take-home income on gasoline. By contrast, in some counties in the Mississippi Delta, that figure has surpassed 13 percent,” the New York Times reported. Reasons for this disparity include lower incomes, lack of public transportation, fewer available jobs (which means longer commutes), and older vehicles that get lower gas mileage.
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