Poverty

The poverty rate in West Virginia continues to climb as a new report out Thursday shows slightly more West Virginians fell below the poverty line last year than the year before. The U.S. Census Bureau report shows the state's poverty rate was 18.6 percent in 2011, up from 18.1 percent the year before. West Virginia ranks as the second-poorest state in the nation, according to an assessment of the census data by 24 /7 Wall Street. The state's median household income in 2011 was $38,482 -- lower than every state except Mississippi's $36,919.