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Study: A third of Virginia kids live in or near poverty

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A new study says about a third of Virginia children are living in or near poverty.

The study says 13 percent of children lived in poverty in 2011, the most recent year of analysis. Another 18-and-a-half percent lived in near-poverty.

According to the study, almost half of the children in or near poverty live with parents who are married.

The study was conducted by University of Virginia researchers with the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service's Demographic Research Group.

Researcher Megan Juelfs-Swanson says many anti-poverty programs target single-parent families. She says a wide range of policy and program options benefiting all children should be considered.


The article states the kids live in poverty, but it’s the parents who decide to have kids while living in poverty. So, why are 13% of VA parents in poverty?

What’s sad is I’m sure this study was paid for by VA taxes instead of going towards the people needing the money.

And the national average for children living in or near poverty is, you guessed it higher!

@Everett, Virginia is a big state, check it out!

not sure where 1/3 of these kids are ? All the little brats I see near where I live (Lansdowne) have Ipads everytime I go to Wegman’s or Harris Teeter.

these parents need to get a clue…

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