ERIC Number: ED330544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Current Status and Future Prospects of Urban Appalachians.
Obermiller, Phillip J.; Maloney, Michael E.
Urban Appalachian Advocate, n2 Dec 1990
In 1980 and 1989 the Greater Cincinnati Survey identified first- and second-generation urban Appalachians, finding that they comprised 20-25% of the population of Hamilton County (Ohio). As migration from Appalachia has slowed, this group has aged relative to the rest of the population. Compared to blacks and non-Appalachian whites, urban Appalachians were more likely to be married, to report a religious affiliation, and to be unemployed. The family continued to be a strong social unit, with the extended family and other urban Appalachian friends forming the primary social network. Most urban Appalachians lived in working-class neighborhoods, some of them in the suburbs. The high school dropout rate for urban Appalachians decreased from 27% in 1980 to 17% in 1989. The educational attainment of urban Appalachians was higher than that of blacks but lower than that of other whites. Adult education and job training will be important issues in the near future, since urban Appalachians lost socioeconomic ground and slipped into lower-status jobs during the 1980s. The assimilation of urban Appalachians into the dominant urban society is slow, limited by a sense of cultural identity that is maintained through regular visits "home," and by a perception of exclusion from the economic and social mainstream. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Appalachian Council, Cincinnati, OH.
Identifiers: Appalachian People; Ohio (Cincinnati); Ohio (Hamilton County)