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State policies that promote the economic security of our nation’s families can help offset larger economic and social conditions that make it difficult for families to get by and get ahead. This four-part profile provides data on West Virginia’s low-income children and families and highlights state policy choices regarding families’ work attachment and advancement, income adequacy, and asset development.
In West Virginia, there are 203,556 families, with 374,508 children. Among these children, 47 percent live in families that are low-income, defined as income below twice the federal poverty level (nationally, 45 percent of children live in low-income families). Young children are particularly likely to live in low-income families.
Low wages and a lack of higher education contribute to families having insufficient incomes. Nationally, 48 percent of low-income children have at least one parent who works full-time, year-round; in West Virginia, the figure is 44 percent.
Parents without a college education often struggle to earn enough to support a family, but only 17 percent of adults in West Virginia have a bachelor’s degree. A substantial portion of children in West Virginia whose parents only have a high school diploma60 percentare low income.
Children of foreign-born parents are also more likely to be low income than children of native-born parents.
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Data Notes and Sources
Data were compiled from 50-state sources. Some state policy decisions may have changed since these data were collected.