In 2005, 18.8% of Black Virginians lived below the federal poverty level, compared to 11.8% of Latinos, 9.9% of American Indians, and 7.6% of Whites. Poverty rates increase from 7.8% in the largest metropolitan counties to 17.6% in the smallest, most rural counties in Virginia.
In 2005, of the 10 counties with the highest hospital discharge rates for ambulatory sensitive conditions, 9 were rural.
In 2005, the infant mortality rate for Black Virginians was 2.4 times greater than for White Virginians.
In 2004, the life expectancy for White Virginians was 78.6 years, compared to 73.4 years for African Americans (Virginia Center for Health Statistics, 2006).
11% of Virginia residents over age 5 speak a primary language other than English.
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In 2005, African-Americans accounted for 20% of the state’s population, but 60% of the cases of HIV. In the same year, Latinos accounted for 6% of the population, but 9 % of the cases of HIV. In comparison, Whites accounted for 74% of the population, but 30% of the cases (VDH Division of Disease Prevention, HIV/STD Annual Statistics, 2005).