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.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

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!