Sunday, August 16, 2009
The Little Egypt Trailer Park Study
Southern Illinois also known as "Little Egypt" is the extreme southern region of Illinois. With the area code 618, the southern part of Illinois is geographically, culturally, and economically different from the rest of the state. Settled by migrants from the Upland South, historically it was more affiliated with the southern agricultural economy and rural culture. Southern Illinois is culturally affiliated with Western Kentucky, Southwestern Indiana, and Southeast Missouri.
Southern Illinois largest culturally influential cities include, St. Louis, Missouri, Evansville, Indiana, Paducah, Kentucky, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Belleville, Illinois, and Carbondale, Illinois.
The area has a population of around 1.2 million people, living mostly in rural Bible Belt towns and cities separated by extensive farmland and the Shawnee National Forest. Another area of denser population also resides in the Metro-East, which is suburban towns and small cities east of St. Louis, Missouri.