The focus of the present study is to determine the extent to which the socio-demographic variables of education, occupation, number of children, race, sex, age, and willingness to travel for employment and predictors of a rural family's level of poverty. Discriminant analysis is employed to assess the accuracy of these variables in - discriminating between poor and nonpoor families randomly selected from thirty low income, rural counties in ten contiguous southeastern states. The results are supportive of previous studies as these variables are found to be statistically significant discriminants between the poor and the nonpoor. The profile of a rural poor head of household is a poorly educated, semi-skilled, female, black, farm resident who tends to be old, have a large number of children, and be less willing to travel for employment outside of one's immediate area.

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