Poverty and postsecondary students in college towns

Luke Juday | March 7, 2016

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This report explains why formal techniques may be insufficient for understanding poverty in Virginia college towns and offers an alternative method for measuring the level of need among the non-student population in these localities. View How to modify poverty calculations for college towns, for detailed instructions on how to compare official poverty rates with non-student poverty rates using publicly-available Census Bureau data.


Projecting cancer incidence in Virginia

Shonel Sen | April 21, 2015

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While steady and significant progress has been made in cancer diagnostic techniques, treatment, and survival, the impact of cancer on the lives of individuals and their families—and on the Commonwealth—is notable. View our data, methodology and interactive maps.


The changing shape of American Cities

Luke Juday | February 25, 2015

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This report describes demographic changes that have taken place in U.S. metropolitan areas since 1990 by looking at the spatial distribution of residents by income, education, age, etc. relative to the center of the city.

Public school enrollment trends

Hamilton Lombard | November 4, 2014

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Over the past 20 years, total enrollment in Virginia public schools has grown steadily—but highly unevenly—across the state. While the overall population grew in 71 percent of Virginia localities between 2008 and 2013, public school enrollment increased in only 31 percent, and a majority of school divisions reported enrollment declines. Learn more about school enrollment projections.

Low-wage employment

Demographics Group intern | July 21, 2014

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This report provides a national snapshot of the numbers and characteristics of low-wage workers—those making less than $10.10/hour—and their families.

Virginia’s regions

Shonel Sen & Hamilton Lombard | June 23, 2014

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The regional profiles presented here incorporate the most recent available data necessary for this report, including information on population size and trends, age distribution, racial and ethnic composition, educational attainment, employment, income and poverty status, and health insurance coverage.

Immigrants in Virginia

Shonel Sen | March 3, 2014

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Virginia’s population grows through both births and migration. Migration may involve people moving across states as well as people moving from other countries. Until 1970, only 1 in 100 Virginians was born outside of the United States; by 2012, 1 in every 9 Virginians is foreign-born.

New insights on childhood poverty

Annie Rorem | May 21, 2014

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Today’s poor children are likely to have lower educational attainment, lower projected lifetimes earnings, and generally poorer health outcomes as adults. This report provides a fresh perspective on childhood poverty and family structure in the Commonwealth.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Annie Rorem | January 20, 2014

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly subsidies specifically for the purchase of food. In this report, we summarize facts about this program, provide a quick look at 2012 SNAP participation in Virginia, and review ways in which the program is changing.

Migration patterns and aging among Virginia’s regions

Hamilton Lombard | November 21, 2013

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In this data brief, we provide a quick look at age-specific migration between 2000 and 2010 for Virginia and its diverse regions to address the question: how do migration patterns affect population aging, especially in rural communities?

The Virginia Poverty Measure

Dustin Cable | May 21, 2013

FINDINGS OVERVIEW
FULL REPORT

The Virginia Poverty Measure (VPM) was developed to give policy makers, program providers, and the public a more contemporary and accurate picture of the Virginia population in economic distress.
View the history of the social safety net timeline.

Working-age Virginians with disabilities

Rebecca Tippett | December 18, 2012

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This report finds that working-age Virginians with any disability are significantly older, and more likely to be black, have low levels of education, be out of the labor force, and rely on public assistance programs for economic support – disproportionately distributed throughout the state.

Growing through migration – the story in Virginia

Susan Clapp | September 4, 2012

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Using county-to-county migration date from the American Community Survey, this report presents annual average migration for Virginia from 2005-2009.

Red state, blue state

Dustin Cable | July 23, 2012

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This report briefly reviews Virginia’s political history, analyzes trends within key demographic groups over the past twenty years, and simulates the 2012 presidential election based on patterns seen in the last two presidential contests.

Virginia’s health rankings

Susan Clapp | June 26, 2012

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This report presents findings about the health of the Commonwealth based on data from the County Health Rankings project produced by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Blacks in Virginia

Michele Claibourn | April 29, 2012

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This report traces the geographic distribution of blacks across Virginia over time and compares improvements in educational attainment to changes in the economic outcomes experienced by Virginia’s black population.

Poverty and the social safety net

Dustin Cable & Rebecca Tippett | February 27, 2012

SOCIAL SAFETY NET PART I
SOCIAL SAFETY NET PART II

This two-part series examines poverty in Virginia and the group of programs broadly called the “social safety net.” Part I analyzes the current state of poverty in Virginia. Part II illuminates the role of public programs developed to alleviate poverty and support secure financial futures for individuals across the economic spectrum. View the history of the social safety net timeline.

Charlottesville City: Census 2010

Dustin Cable | July 24, 2011

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This issue of Stat Chat focuses on the demographic changes that have occurred in and around Charlottesville over the past decade, with a particular focus on the city’s neighborhoods.

Undermining economic security

Rebecca Tippett | June 13, 2011

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This study describes the types of alternative financial services available in Virginia and uses data from multiple sources to examine the characteristics of households using these services, the reasons for their use, and the geographic distribution of financial services throughout the state.

Asians in Virginia

Susan Clapp | May 22, 2011

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In Virginia, Asians are an increasingly important part of the population. As of the last census on April 1, 2010, over 400,000 Asians were living in Virginia, representing 5.5 percent of the population. This report identifies where Asians live, who is Asian and other characteristics, such as age, education and income.

Hispanics in Virginia

Susan Clapp | May 8, 2011

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This report on Virginia’s Hispanic residents explores demographic characteristics; citizenship and immigration; family and personal life; education and language; employment and economic well-being; and geographic location.

Building economic security for Virginia families

Rebecca Tippett | February 13, 2011

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This report looks at the income and asset adequacy of Virginia households and finds that more than a quarter of Virginia’s households are at risk of being economically insecure.

Redistricting Virginia

Dustin Cable | December 5, 2010

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This report discusses how redistricting works in Virginia, with an emphasis on the process of, and motivations behind, redrawing district lines.

Critical workplace skills for Virginia’s economic vitality

Meredith Gunter & Achsah Carrier | October 28, 2010

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The Demographics Research Group asked Virginia employers what skills they seek in entry-level workers and compared their findings to national studies and initiatives in other states to gain a comprehensive understanding of workplace skills needed by employers in every sector of the economy.

New decade, new estimates

Mike Spar | September 27, 2010

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This article discusses Weldon Cooper Center’s history of producing the population estimates for Virginia, including how the estimates are calculated and used in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Medicaid now and under health reform

Mike Spar | September 19, 2010

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The passage of the health care reform law, which is to be fully implemented in 2014, will provide health insurance to a large percentage of Virginia’s currently uninsured population. This report estimates the populations eligible for and enrolled in Medicaid under the current laws and after health reform.