No. 3097, Burke County, GA

Photos of Burke County, GA, which is ranked by the New York Times among the fifty hardest places to live in America.

Burke County feels idyllic in a bustling, small-town kind of way. Cafes and gift shops line the streets, and residents and visitors busily move down the sidewalks, jogging or shopping or running errands. The instant you leave downtown, however, you run straight into a harsh industrial complex. The contrast between the sweetness of the places people live, and the roughness of the places people work is breath-taking.

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