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September 23, 2023

West Virginia has Highest Rate of Child Poverty in the US

WOWK – West Virginia has the highest rate of child poverty of any state in the nation, and the problem is getting worse before it gets better.

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In West Virginia, 25% of children live in poverty, this is a 21% jump from 2022. This means that 86,000 children in West Virginia live in poverty. In neighboring states, Ohio is at 17% and Kentucky is at 21%.

As with many things these days, the aftermath of COVID-19 is largely to blame. During COVID-19, nearly every American family received stimulus checks to pay for necessities, and SNAP benefits were increased to help feed people. As COVID-19 started to become a smaller concern, those programs ended.

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