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Here Are The 10 Poorest Cities and Counties In Virginia

Recently we took a look at some of the wealthiest counties in Virginia. As many of you pointed out, and quite accurately I might add, these areas were all near Washington, DC. It might seem rather obvious that where we have a high concentration of government jobs and urban centers, we also see the highest concentration of wealth.

When looking at the poorest areas, it’s also no surprise that the highest levels of poverty occur in more remote areas. However, this list also has a few surprises. Despite lower median household income, some of the cities on this list also include some of the most beautiful parts of the state and some of our most charming small cities and towns. These areas also have a much lower cost of living. So, I guess the moral of the story is that money doesn’t always buy the highest quality of life.

The U.S. Census Bureau looks at both poverty rates and median household incomes. For this list, we are once again looking at median household income for ranking, but mention poverty rates, as well. Please note that cities have county equivalency when it comes to determining averages, so the number you see here are a combination of independent cities and counties, as determined by the U.S. Census.

The data used is from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey: 5-Year Estimates.

Although Virginia’s overall median household income is $63, 907 and the statewide poverty rate is only 11.3%, it’s clear to see that there are large disparities of wealth across the state. So what do YOU think of the numbers? Are there any surprises – either cities you didn’t expect or ones you thought would be included? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.