Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 14,843
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 422,000
EITC recipients: 158,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,700
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 30,171
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 81,968
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 223,131
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 40,391
Participants in all Head Start programs: 9,009
Asset poverty rate: 20.7%
Average college graduate debt: $27,402
Unbanked households: 8.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 24.6%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: N/A
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 45%
Senior poverty rate: 9.5%
Women in poverty: 19.4%
Children in foster care: 4,956
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 28,760
Percent of children in immigrant families: 2%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 37%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 32
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 13.0%
Food insecurity: 14.4%
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: 5.3%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 33.6%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 32.8%
Poverty rate: 17.9%
Unemployment rate: 6.1%
High school graduation rate: 84.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 83.2%
Percent of college students with debt: 68%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 19.6%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.09%
Homeless people: 1,387
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 49,000
Percent renters: 27%
Total households: 722,125
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 565
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 11,145

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.