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STEWART COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

A new study by website MSN based on 2010 Census data ranks Stewart County as the poorest county in Georgia.  

Stewart County, which is about 35 miles southeast of Muscogee County, has a population of about 6,000 people and according to the study is almost among the top 10 poorest counties in the nation.  

"We try to instill upon them that they are not poor.  We just have a cash flow problem, and with that, we try to give them all the support and tools they need to do well," said Stewart County School District Superintendent Floyd Fort.  

Fort says the study is an unfair depiction of his home, but he says the county does struggle with poverty.  

The report says about 38 percent of people are living in need and about 46 percent of children under the age of 18 years-old are in poverty.    

The school system tries to combat that number by supplying free breakfast and lunch to every student.  Fort says they are also working to establish a daycare for all parents.

"People that need to go to college can't go because they have children.  People who need to go to work can't work if they've got children," said Fort about the lack of a daycare.

The mayor of the city of Lumpkin, Charles Gibson, says a major problem is the lack to jobs in the community, but he's working to change that, "[I'm trying] To let other companies know to come here.  They can come here.  They have a low overhead, and they're not far from major cities which would help benefit people, and there are people here who need jobs." 

Mayor Gibson and Superintendent Fort say the people of Stewart County are hardworking, and it is a great place to live.

"We have Florence Marina State Park.  We have Providence Canyon State Park.  We have Westville, We having Bettingfield Inn. We have beautiful countryside," said Fort.

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