|Linked to the high number of West Virginians receiving disability payments is that the state is among the most unhealthy.|
CHARLESTON (AP) - West Virginia leads the nation in the percentage of adults receiving government income assistance who have disabilities, according to U.S. Census figures.
The Census Bureau report showed that 30.4 percent of the 46 million adults nationwide who received income-based government assistance in 2011 had a disability. In West Virginia, the rate is 41.7 percent.
States along and immediately west of the Appalachians tended to have higher rates of disability among the adults receiving income-based assistance. The Southwest and states along the Eastern Seaboard tended to have lower rates of disability.
Two dozen states had disability rates well above the national average of 30.4 percent and 15 were well below that. Arizona had the lowest rate at 25.1 percent.
The Census Bureau report defined disabilities as people having vision, hearing, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care or independent living difficulties ...
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