A yearlong study completed by researchers at Alabama State University reveal which Alabama counties are in crisis.
The study was conducted under ASU’s Center for Leadership and Public Policy.
A more than 8-person team compiled data from state, local and federal sources that focus on four key areas - the economy, health-care, public safety and education.
All of Alabama’s 67 counties were then ranked, highest to lowest, based on the four areas.
Researchers say the purpose of this study was to help public officials better understand the areas they represent.
They also caution people about the title.
Although the study is called “Counties in Crisis,” its goal is not to scare, but to encourage.
“The information that's in here is also going to help these people at local levels and at county and city levels go for alternative sources of funding, such as grants. For the first time they have information at their fingertips that are useful in applying for grants, so hopefully they can see new data in here to open doors as sources of revenue for these areas,” explained Myles Mayberry, Head Demographer at ASU.
ASU mailed out 1,500 copies of their study to local leaders, and state legislators.
The "Counties in Crisis" report is available here.