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Demographics of Young, Poor Children

For 2013, the federal poverty threshold is $23,624 for a family of four with two children. Children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold are referred to as poor. But research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty threshold to meet their basic needs. The United States measures poverty by an outdated standard developed in the 1960s.

Young Children in West Virginia,
by Income Level, 2013

Young Children in West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

In West Virginia, there are 85,757 families with 121,983 young children.

Young Poor Children: 27% (32,679) of young children live in poor families (National: 24%)

Parental Employment

Parents' Employment Status in
West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Parents' Employment Status in West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Parental Education

Young Children in Poor Families in
West Virginia, by Parents' Education, 2013

Young Children in Poor Families in West Virginia, by Parents' Education, 2013

Parental Marital Status

Young Children in Unmarried-Parent Families in
West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Young Children in Unmarried-Parent Families in West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Child’s Race/Ethnicity

Young Children in Poor Families in
West Virginia, by Race, 2013

Young Children in Poor Families in West Virginia, by Race, 2013

Child’s Age

Young Children in Poor Families in
West Virginia, by Age, 2013

Young Children in Poor Families in West Virginia, by Age, 2013

Residential Move

Young Children Who Have Recently Moved in
West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Young Children Who Have Recently Moved in West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Home Ownership

Young Children in Owner-Occupied Housing in
West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Young Children in Owner-Occupied Housing in West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Parental Presence

Young Children Living in Families with No Parent Present,
in West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Young Children Living in Families with No Parent Present, in West Virginia, by Income Level, 2013

Data Notes and Sources

Last Updated: May 13, 2015

* This estimate should be used with caution. It may be unreliable due to a small sample size.

** This estimate should be used with caution. It may be unreliable due to an extremely small sample size.

Some graphs may not be shown because of extremely small sample sizes.

Because of rounding, not all figures will add up to 100%.

National data were calculated from the 2013 American Community Survey, representing information from 2013. State data were calculated from the 2011-2013 American Community Survey, representing information from the years 2011 to 2013.

Definitions

The demographic findings on this page were calculated using federal poverty thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more information about federal poverty thresholds, see the US Census website.

Low Income
Families and children are defined as low-income if the family income is less than twice the federal poverty threshold (see Poor).
Parent
A parent is defined as an individual over the age of 17 who lives with a dependent child. Among children who do not live with at least one parent, parental characteristics are those of the householder and/or the householder's spouse.
Poor
Families and children are defined as poor if family income is below the federal poverty threshold. The federal poverty threshold for a family of four with two children was $23,624 in 2013, $23,283 in 2012, and $22,811 in 2011.
Young Child
A young child is defined as an individual under the age of 6. Children living in group quarters and children living with only unrelated adults are excluded from these data.

For definitions of other terms, please refer to Explanations of Terms and Data Sources.