Good News/Bad News! Cabell County's poverty numbers are improving. According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau,
they've dropped almost four percentage points; now, roughly 16.7 percent of residents live at or below the poverty level. While that's an improvement, it's still higher than the state average of more than 15 percent.
"I would like to see the people to designed the poverty level, live 100 above the poverty level and see how rich they think they are" says Sidney Polan with Information and Referral Services, Inc. "The poverty line maybe we have more people above it, but the cost of groceries has been hugely affected by the drought, we don't have a lot of affordable housing in Huntington. Even if you're a little bit above the level, you are very, very poor."
The income cut off to determine poverty at the federal level is:
is a yearly income of $10,210 for a household of one, and $34,570 for a household of eight.
West Virginia's poverty rate is more than 15 percent, Ohio's is little more than 13 percent and Kentucky's is almost 18 percent.
The national average is 12.3 percent.