Families, Housing, and Challenges

Analysis of Household Composition and Location in West Virginia

In West Virginia, almost half a million children receive food stamps, almost a quarter of a million are enrolled in Medicaid, and almost 100,000 households receive some form of assistance.

Out of approximately 722,000 households, almost 50,000 of them pay more than 50% of their income on housing which can place an extreme burden on single-parent or single-income households.

In order to better understand where in West Virginia these issues are of greatest concern, we will first map the spatial distribution of households across five categories based on gender and parent structure.

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Household by Gender and Marital Status of Parent

County Level Analysis of West Virginia - 2010

In the map to the left, we can see areas of higher density for married couples in darker blue while areas of lower density are in yellow or green (see the legend in the upper left). We can then select from the drop down in the upper right male and female householders sans spouse. Notice the percentage differences between the groups.

This map is based on 2010 US Census data on household statistics for the state of West Virginia (2010 county data). This map is projected in WGS-84.
Additional sources: Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity