Suffering by the numbers in Southwest Virginia

by mattva13

I have done some research on the Southwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and what I’ve found is heartbreaking. For those that live here, many consider this area the counties/cities west of Roanoke which includes 18 counties and 4 cities. I have compiled statistics on the amount of people that receive SNAP benefits (food stamps), poverty rates, the number of citizens in each county that are incarcerated in a local, state, or federal correctional facility, the percentage of grandparents that are responsible for raising their grandchildren, and the amount of children under 19 that are without health insurance (total and low-income). Lastly, I also looked up the top ten employers in each county for two periods: the 4th quarter of 2008, which is the last quarter before President Obama took office, and the last quarter available which is the 2nd quarter of 2014. I wanted to see if the coal employers in the coal fields had been wiped out by this mythical War on Coal. As it turns out, there was hardly any movement in most areas besides a Wal-mart moving up or county jobs in the schools moved down likely due to large Republican budget cuts to education under former, now convicted felon, Governor Bob McDonnell. Coal is still thriving and as you can see, so is the poverty rates in these counties as well. Overall, the entire area is in bad shape. You’ll have to click on the images to enlarge them.

I was also interested in the SNAP benefits statistics, along with the grandparents/grandchildren, for the fact that the congressman for this area, Morgan Griffith, voted to cut these benefits. As we can see, those cuts hit children and the elderly hard, especially when it’s the grandparents taking care of children.

This area is in economic shambles and we keep electing representatives that couldn’t care less.

 

SNAP Benefits Statistics

County: Percentage of population on food-stamps: Percentage of children on food-stamps: Percentage of whites on food stamps: Percentage of blacks on food stamps: Population:
Bland 7% 16% 7% 4% 6,735
City of Bristol 25% 48% 24% 49% 17,341
Buchanan 19% 36% 20% 2% 23,597
Carroll 16% 32% 16% 24% 29,883
Dickenson 18% 32% 18% 10% 15,486
Floyd 10% 20% 10% 19% 15,528
City of Galax 25% 42% 22% 46% 7,035
Giles 12% 22% 12% 15% 16,925
Grayson 15% 30% 15% 33% 15,161
Lee 23% 39% 23% 21% 25,185
Montgomery 7% 19% 7% 18% 96,207
City of Norton 26% 48% 25% 37% 3,958
Patrick 17% 35% 17% 30% 18,368
Pulaski 15% 29% 14% 28% 34,507
City of Radford 10% 31% 9% 25% 17,184
Russell 19% 34% 19% 12% 28,264
Scott 14% 28% 14% 11% 22,640
Smythe 18% 35% 18% 22% 31,652
Tazewell 15% 29% 14% 18% 44,103
Washington 12% 24% 12% 18% 54,907
Wise 19% 35% 19% 9% 40,589
Wythe 14% 26% 13% 29% 29,344

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Poverty Rates

County: Poverty rate: Poor Population: Total Population:
Bland 15% 1,037 6,735
City of Bristol 21% 3,659 17,341
Buchanan 23% 5,427 23,597
Carroll 20% 5,857 29,883
Dickenson 21% 3,299 15,486
Floyd 14% 2,190 15,528
City of Galax 23% 1,604 7,035
Giles 13% 2,150 16,925
Grayson 19% 2,941 15,161
Lee 28% 7,153 25,185
Montgomery 23% 22,416 96,207
City of Norton 18% 716 3,958
Patrick 18% 3,325 18,368
Pulaski 17% 5,728 34,507
City of Radford 34% 5,877 17,184
Russell 18% 5,172 28,264
Scott 21% 4,822 22,640
Smythe 19% 6,014 31,652
Tazewell 21% 9,438 44,103
Washington 14% 7,632 54,907
Wise 26% 10,391 40,589
Wythe 17% 4,959 29,344

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Correctional Facility Population by County

County: # of Immates in local, state, and Federal Correctional Facilities % of Population in local, state, and Federal Correctional Facilities Total Population: Poverty rate:
Bland 637 9.5% 6,735 15%
City of Bristol N/A N/A 17,341 21%
Buchanan 839 3.6% 23,597 23%
Carroll 0 0% 29,883 20%
Dickenson 256 1.7% 15,486 21%
Floyd 0 0% 15,528 14%
City of Galax N/A N/A 7,035 23%
Giles 0 0% 16,925 13%
Grayson 0 0% 15,161 19%
Lee 1486 5.9% 25,185 28%
Montgomery 84 0.9% 96,207 23%
City of Norton N/A N/A 3,958 18%
Patrick 31 0.17% 18,368 18%
Pulaski 691 34,507 17%
City of Radford N/A N/A 17,184 34%
Russell 160 0.6% 28,264 18%
Scott 450 2% 22,640 21%
Smythe 199 0.6% 31,652 19%
Tazewell 1023 2.3% 44,103 21%
Washington 617 1.1% 54,907 14%
Wise 2017 5% 40,589 26%
Wythe 0 0% 29,344 17%

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Percentage Of Grandparents Living With Grandchildren Who Are Responsible For Their Grandchildren

County: % Of Grandparents Living With Grandchildren Who Are Responsible For Their Grandchildren
Bland  7.2%
City of Bristol 74.5%
Buchanan 73.6%
Carroll 75.2%
Dickenson 70.8%
Floyd 59.7%
City of Galax 26.3%
Giles 56.8%
Grayson 62.5%
Lee 69.3%
Montgomery 46.3%
City of Norton 66.7%
Patrick 67.3%
Pulaski 69.5%
City of Radford 25.7%
Russell 72.9%
Scott 78.2%
Smyth 38.2%
Tazewell 62.6%
Washington 49%
Wise 50.7%
Wythe 55.4%

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Children Without Health Coverage

County: Number of Children Under 19 Without Health Insurance % of Children Under 19 Without Health Insurance Number of Low-Income Children Under 19 Without Health Insurance % of Low-Income Children Under 19 Without Health Insurance
Bland 84 6.9% 62 11.5%
City of Bristol 164 4.5% 103 4.5%
Buchanan 303 7% 163 7.1%
Carroll 529 8.6% 345 9.6%
Dickenson 249 7.4% 138 7.7%
Floyd 308 9.1% 172 10.6%
City of Galax 112 6.8% 87 7.7%
Giles 223 6.3% 129 7.7%
Grayson 223 7.7% 137 8.1%
Lee 351 6.7% 219 6.8%
Montgomery 985 6.3% 662 11.3%
City of Norton 34 3.7% 22 4.1%
Patrick 281 7.9% 177 8.6%
Pulaski 399 5.8% 236 7%
City of Radford 159 6.2% 119 9.2%
Russell 412 7% 227 7.5%
Scott 289 6.4% 167 7.2%
Smyth 409 6.1% 261 6.5%
Tazewell 583 6.4% 304 6.7%
Washington 684 6.2% 389 7.7%
Wise 562 6.3% 314 6.4%
Wythe 403 6.5% 226 7.1%

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Top 10 Employers in 4th Quarter of 2008

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Top 10 Employers in 2nd Quarter of 2014

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