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Our Community

United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area serves the residents of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson and Louisa Counties.

A few facts:

City of Charlottesville

  • In Charlottesville, 2,069 families (29.1%/one out of every three) do not make enough money to pay for both the bare essentials and the added costs associated with working--childcare and transportation. (Orange Dot Project, 2011)
  • In Charlottesville, 21% of Children under 18 live in poverty. (United States Census Small Area Poverty Estimator)
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 16% of adults in the City of Charlottesville are uninsured.
  • The ratio of students approved for free/reduced meals has significantly increased in Charlottesville since 2000. (Stepping Stones Report)
  • Less than half of local child care centers/preschools participate in the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, the statewide standard for quality of care (Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, CYFS). 
  • In six Charlottesville neighborhoods, over 20% of adults (over age 25) have no high school diploma; in one neighborhood, 47% of adults have no diploma (Orange Dot Project).
  • Charlottesville has an extremely high infant mortality rate, at 9.4 deaths per 1,000 children under age one and has a high rate of low birth-weight babies (KidsCount Virginia).



Albemarle County

  • The ratio of students approved for free/reduced meals has significantly increased in Albemarle County since 2000. (Stepping Stones Report)
  • The percentage of pregnant females that receive prenatal care in the first trimester has significantly decreased in Albemarle County since 2000.
  • The percentage of low weight births has significantly increased in Albemarle County since 2001.
  • 10% of Albemarle County children live in poverty. (KidsCount data)
  • 25‐34 year‐olds who dropped out of high school are more than 3 times as likely to receive public assistance. (National Institute for Literacy)
  • Child care costs average $8,000-11,000 annually per child; for low-income families this can represent 40% or more of family gross income (United Way; ReadyKids; local social service departments).



Fluvanna County

  • Fluvanna had a 90.6% on-time high school graduation rate in 2010 (KidsCount Data Book)
  • Nearly 25% of children qualified for free or reduced price school lunches.
  • In 2010, 9.2% of children in Fluvanna County were living in poverty.
  • Ten percent of all children under the age of 19 did not have health insurance.
  • 23% of expectant mothers did not receive prenatal care in the first trimester.



Greene County

  • In 2010, 13.3% of Greene County children lived in poverty. (KidsCount Data Center)
  • 24.3% of expectant mothers in Greene County did not receive prenatal care in the first trimester. (KidsCount Data Center)
  • 10.5% of children under 19 lacked health insurance. (KidsCount Data Center)
  • 2,923 individuals participated in the SNAP program (food stamps) in 2010 out of a total population of 18,660. (KidsCount Data Center)



Louisa County

  • The poverty rate is 9.7% in Louisa County.
  • 44.3% of school children receive free or reduced lunches
  • The Community Cupboard provides monthly allotments of food to income-eligible residents of Louisa County. From November 2009 to November 2011 the number of families served grew from 633 per month to 875 per month, a 38% increase.
  • 78.5% of expectant mothers receive prenatal care (source: Virginia Department of Health, Division of Health Statistics)
  • 16.5% of the population of Louisa does not have health insurance. (US Census)
  • 20.5% of the population does not have a high school diploma or GED (US Census)
  • There were 2446 households in Louisa participating in SNAP (Food stamps) in 2010



Nelson County

  • Overall on-time graduation in Nelson County remains around 80%, which is lower than overall on-time graduation of Virginia students (85%)
  • The Median Household Income (MHI) in Nelson County was approximately $45,000 in 2009
  • Approximately 13% of Nelson County residents were below the 2009 poverty level. This is higher than the Virginia overall percentage (10%) and lower than the U.S. overall percentage (15%)
  • 20% of children in Nelson County were below the 2010 poverty level
  • Slightly less than 50% of Nelson students were enrolled in free or reduced lunch in 2010-2011, which was an increase from around 40% in 2005
  • The number of households receiving food stamps has increased by 141% since 2001 (from 400 families enrolled to 1,000 families)
  • There are approximately 1,958 residents in Nelson County with a disability.  This breaks down to 15.6% of residents ages 0-14 and 37% of residents ages 16-64
  • The estimated percentage of uninsured adults aged 18-64 in Nelson County was approximately 20% in 2009
  • In the 2010-2011 school year, over 45% of 5th graders and 10th graders were considered overweight or obese
  • According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, about 26.1% of adults in Nelson County are obese