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Updated January 2012. Includes data and information on income, unemployment, housing, medical and food assistance, child support and a recent report from the Virginia Poverty Task Force. See also the 2010 Virginia Poverty Task Force Report.
From the Weldon Cooper Center. ... this work follows many of the recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences seminal 1995 report Measuring Poverty: A New Approach, which outlines improvements to be made in the United States official poverty measure. Specifically, in contrast to the official national poverty measure, the Virginia Poverty Measure includes (1) regional differences in the cost of living; (2) updated thresholds that account for a broader array of goods, and reflect the consumption patterns of contemporary American families; and (3) a broader definition of income and resources that better captures the true financial circumstances of Virginians.
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