Scholars Say Some of Country's Poorest Won't Use Welfare

Some of the country's poorest people -- those living in sparsely populated rural areas -- are among the least likely to use welfare, say scholars who conducted what is believed to be the first study of rates of welfare participation in all counties in the United States.

Thomas Hirschl, an assistant professor of rural sociology at Cornell University, and Mark Rank, an assistant professor of social work at Washington University, say that although rural areas have deeper pockets of