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24/7 Wall St.: America's Poorest States

4. West Virginia

- Median income: $40,824
- Poverty rate: 15.7 percent (12th highest)
- Without health insurance: 13.9 percent (25th highest)
- Unemployment rate: 8.1 percent (tied for 24th lowest)

The percentage of West Virginia residents living below the poverty line has increased steadily since 2008. Worst still, approximately one in five West Virginia children now live in poverty. There has been an increase in the number of West Virginians with health insurance, however. This is likely due to government programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to the Center on Budget and Policy, as there has been a decrease in employer-based coverage.

(AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock)

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