Clay County is one of the most beautiful parts of West Virginia, especially during the fall foliage season. Clay also is one of the poorest places in the nation.
Clay County's per capita income is $12,021 a year — only $17 higher than McDowell County, whose poverty is the subject of numerous documentaries and dissertations.
Poverty hits the children of Clay hard.
From West Virginia Kids Count, the facts:
n Clay is No. 2 (after McDowell) in percent of schoolchildren receiving free or reduced lunches at 69.5 percent.
n The state average is 52.8 percent.
n Clay is No. 5 in percentage of births to unmarried teen moms at 13.3 percent.
n Clay is No. 3 in child poverty with 37.6 percent of children living in poverty.