Economically Disadvantaged

While Northern Virginia is known for having communities with some of the highest median incomes in the United States, we must recognize that there are segments of the community in need of assistance that live in one of the most prosperous regions in the country. 

The county and city information follows.  Town data is available by going to the Economically Disadvantaged by Towns page.  

Poverty

 

2014 to 2018 Five-Year Estimates

All jurisdictions in the United States are included in the five-year American Community Survey estimates. The poverty rate of all jurisdictions in Northern Virginia are shown in this graph.  Poverty rate is the ratio of the number of person in poverty divided by the total population.  The poverty rate of each Northern Virginia jurisdiction is lower than the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States. Out of all 3,141 jurisdictions in the USA, one of the ten lowest poverty rates is located in Northern Virginia, and that is Loudoun County (8th), which is also the number one ranked for median household income.  However, there are persons in poverty in Loudoun and the rest of the region, and there needs must be recognized.

2018 One-Year Estimates

Those jurisdictions with a population of 65,000 or more are included in the one-year American Community Survey estimates, of which there are 838 jurisdictions. The poverty rate, for those jurisdictions in Northern Virginia with a population of 65,000 or more, is shown in this graph.  All of these jurisdictions have poverty rates lower than the United States.  All of these jurisdiction, except for the City of Alexandria, have poverty rates lower than the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Out of the 838 jurisdictions with a population of 65,000 or more in the USA, one of the ten lowest poverty rates is located in Northern Virginia, and that is Loudoun County (8th), which is also the number one ranked for median household income.  However, there are persons in poverty in Loudoun and the rest of the region and there needs must be recognized.

Free and Reduced-Price School Meal Students

The number of students on free and reduced-price meals on October 31st of a school year are shown in the tables.  In the 2018-2019 school year, 32% of students in Northern Virginia received free or reduced-priced meals.

Supplemental Nutrtion Assistance Program Expenditures

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  expenditures are shown in this graph.  Between 2006 and 2019 the peak amount of expenditures was reached in 2013, which is when many were still recovering from the affects of the recession.  The year 2019 had the lowest amount since 2010.

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