The American South often comes out at the bottom of economic indicators and many people think poor areas, such as those in the south, suffer more deaths during times of conflict than rich areas. But in spite of their higher levels of poverty, southern states did not suffer an extraordinary amount of casulties in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, according to data from iCasualties. About a third of the country lives in a southern state, according to the US Census, and southerners made up about a third of the military casualties.
This proved to be true in each state as well. Even though states like Mississippi and Arkansas lag far behind states such as Florida and Texas, in terms of their wealth, they suffered about the same ratio of casualties to their population size as any of their wealthier neighbors.
It still may be true that certain poorer cities or even neighborhoods suffered more deaths in the middle east than others–but it isn’t true that the southern region as a whole or any one southern state suffered much more than any other region.