(Effective October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008)
The Appalachian Regional Commission uses an index-based county economic classification system to identify and monitor the economic status of Appalachian counties. See the methodology for a description of each economic level. In Fiscal Year 2008, seventy-eight counties are classified as distressed, 78 are classified as at-risk, 226 are classified as transitional, 22 are classified as competitive, and 6 are classified as attainment. For a list of county classifications, see the downloadable Excel file.