Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 14,378
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 137,000
EITC recipients: 152,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,700
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 35,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 81,968
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 219,470
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 38,315
Participants in all Head Start programs: 7,947
Asset poverty rate: 20.7%
Average college graduate debt: $27,872
Unbanked households: 8.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 23.6%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 42%
Senior poverty rate: 10.2%
Women in poverty: 20.9%
Children in foster care: 5,973
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 14,230
Percent of children in immigrant families: 3%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 38%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 29
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 11.0%
Food insecurity: 14.6%
Minimum Wage: $8.75
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 6.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 33.1%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 35.3%
Poverty rate: 19.1%
Unemployment rate: 5.3%
High school graduation rate: 86.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 82.2%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 70%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 20.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 10%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.04%
Homeless people: 1,309
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 47,000
Percent renters: 28%
Total households: 715,308
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 372
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 567

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key West Virginia policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.