Study: A third of Va. kids live in or near poverty

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A new study suggests about third of Virginia children are living in or near poverty.

The study was conducted by University of Virginia researchers with the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service's Demographic Research Group.

The most recent analysis says about 13 percent of children lived in poverty in 2011. Another 18 and a half percent lived in near poverty.

According to the study almost half of the children in or near poverty lived with parents who are married.

Researcher Megan Juelfs-Swanson says many anti-poverty programs target single-parent families. She says a wide range of policy and program options benefiting all children should be considered.

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