The old Confederate states often have a bad rep. It's deserved. The generalization holds for all Republican states.
Trumpish states are generally poor, take more from federal taxes than
they pay in, skimp on education, and provide inferior health
care. Put another way: if you're in a Democratic state,
there's a good chance that you are living better, supporting the
Trumpish states, spending more on education, and getting better health
care, including for Covid.
States that voted for Trump in 2016 tend to get more from federal taxes than they pay into federal taxes. Of the 25 states relying most on fed $, 21 voted for Trump (including 8 of the 11 Confederate states); of the 25 states relying least on fed $, 16 voted for Clinton. See
States where people didn't make much money tended to vote for Trump. Of the 30 states under the income average, 26 voted for Trump (including 10 of the 11 Confederate states); of the 20 states over the average, 17 voted for Clinton. See
States that voted for Trump don't spend much on educating their
children. Of the 31 states that spend little on educating their
children, 24 voted for Trump (including 10 of the 11 Confederate states); of the 19 states that spend more than
average, 14 voted for Clinton. See http://littlebigdog.net/StatesSchoolSpending.html
States that voted for Trump have poor Covid care. For instance, in Covid, for the first
half of August: "Calculated as deaths per million population, the red
states so far in August have recorded 63.6. The blue states just
26.4.... Americans in the red states have the risk of death from
Covid-19 in August 2.4 times higher than those in the blue states."
It sort of makes you wish the Trumpish states would try to learn from people who handle things better in general.