Virginia Social Indicator Dashboard
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Data Last Updated: 08/01/2021          

Benefits (DSS)

The indicators visualized on this dashboard are courtesy of the Virginia Department of Social Services. Data about the following benefits are included:

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal nutrition assistance program. SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. This card can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
  • The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides eligible families with a monthly cash payment to meet their basic needs.
  • Medicaid is the state and Federal partnership that provides medical coverage to eligible needy persons. The purpose of Virginia Medicaid is to improve the health of people in Virginia who might otherwise go without medical care for themselves and their children.
  • The Child Care Subsidy Program assists families in paying child care costs for children under age 13 who are not eligible to attend public school during the part of the day when public education is available, or children with special needs under age 18 who reside with the applicant.
  • All Benefits refers to the unduplicated number of individuals who received Medicaid, TANF, and/or SNAP in a specific geographic region. It is not the sum of individuals who received TANF, SNAP and Medicaid as some individuals may have received more than one benefit.

Please note that the map shows county and city boundaries and unshaded areas in the map indicate data are not available at the FIPS level. Cases for the unshaded areas are included in counts and percentage rates for neighboring counties -- for example, data for Staunton and Waynesboro are merged with Augusta County.

To access the data through the Virginia Department of Social Services, please visit this website and download the “Local Agency Caseload & Expenditure” files:

Source: VDSS, "Client Cross-Program Locality (Statewide) Yearly Analysis". Reporting unduplicated counts of clients within each locality (clients may be counted more than once if they moved to a different locality). Unduplicated numbers of clients statewide are also provided. Medicaid counts include individuals enrolled through state facilities managed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).  The report uses client data from ADAPT for SFY 2012-2016 counts and VaCMS for counts in SFY 2017 and later. Clients refer only to eligible (i.e., "participating, not excluded") household members.

For questions, contact the Virginia Department of Social Services, Office of Research and Planning. Email:

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Ranking by Geographic Region

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Petersburg City55.04%
Danville City51.04%
Hopewell City49.93%
Franklin City47.92%
Galax City46.95%
Bristol City44.00%
Norton City40.72%
Note that variations in color may exaggerate differences between areas in the map when, in reality, very little variability exists across the state. Hover over the map to see the specific regional/locality data.
8.03%All Benefits Percentage55.04%

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