Virginia Scorecard

Virginia Scorecard

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Metric Description Source Data Published
Virginia Income & Poverty National Ranking The rank is calculated by sorting the percent of population living in poverty for all of the United States (including the District of Columbia) from least to greatest. The closer to 1, the better Virginia is doing as compared to the other states. See Data Notes below for the definition of poverty. US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey December 2020
Virginia Educational Attainment National Ranking The rank is calculated by sorting the percent of population 18 years and older that earned a high school diploma for all of the United States (including the District of Columbia) from least to greatest. The closer to 1, the better Virginia is doing as compared to the other states. US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey December 2020
Virginia Food Access National Ranking The rank is calculated by sorting the percent of population with low access to food for all of the United States (including the District of Columbia) from least to greatest. The closer to 1, the better Virginia is doing as compared to the other states. See Data Notes below for the definition of low access to food. USDA Food Atlas May 2017
Virginia Unemployment National Ranking The rank is calculated by sorting the unadjusted unemployment rate for all of the United States (including the District of Columbia) from least to greatest. The closer to 1, the better Virginia is doing as compared to the other states. See Data Notes below for more on the unadjusted unemployment rate. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) April 2021
Virginia Broadband Access National Ranking The rank is calculated by sorting the percent of households with any type of broadband internet subscription for all of the United States (including the District of Columbia) from least to greatest. The closer to 1, the better Virginia is doing as compared to the other states. US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey December 2020
Virginia Housing Insecurity National Ranking The rank is calculated by sorting the percent of households with severe cost burden for all of the United States (including the District of Columbia) from least to greatest. The closer to 1, the better Virginia is doing as compared to the other states. See Data Notes below for the definition of severe cost burden. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) August 2020
Notes Description
Poverty Following the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Statistical Policy Directive 14, the Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. If a family’s total income is less than the family’s threshold, then that family and every individual in it is considered in poverty. The official poverty thresholds do not vary geographically, but they are updated for inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). The official poverty description uses money income before taxes and does not include capital gains or noncash benefits (such as public housing, Medicaid, and food stamps).
Low Access to Food The population with low access to food is based on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) low access to store description: People in a county living more than 1 mile from a supermarket or large grocery store if in an urban area, or more than 10 miles from a supermarket or large grocery store if in a rural area. Percent of population with low access represents the proportion of the 2010 Census Virginia population with low access to store.
Unadjusted Unemployment Rate All unemployment rate data is not seasonally adjusted. Without seasonal adjustment, the unemployment rate does not remove the effects of recurring seasonal influences from economic series. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) only reports the unadjusted unemployment rate at the locality level; in order to stay consistent across all unemployment measures, the unadjusted rate is used for state and national level unemployment as well. See BLS website for more details.
Severe Cost Burden Severe cost burden is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as monthly housing costs (including utilities) exceeding 50% of monthly income. Percent of households with severe cost burden represents the proportion of total renters and owners in Virginia that spend over 50% of monthly income on housing costs.