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The ACS includes numbers on poverty, income and health insurance.
West Virginia’s poverty rate across all ages was 17.7 percent, up 0.7 percent in 2008. In 2009, 87,565 resident children lived in poverty, ranking the state the 11th in the nation as far as child poverty. The state’s poverty rate for African-Americans dropped from 32.9 to 31.2 percent in a year.
The state’s median household income, which measures income of the typical household, dropped from $37,989 in 2008 to $37,435.
For more information, visit the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s website at www.wvpolicy.org.