KENTUCKY POVERTY LEVEL NUMBERS 2012 PDF Print
Saturday, 21 September 2013 06:15

More than 1 in 4 children in Kentucky are now living in poverty, according to new Census Bureau data from the American Community Survey, released Thursday. Child poverty in Kentucky increased to 26.5 percent in 2012 from 25.6 percent in 2009, bringing the total number of children who live in poverty to 263,819. The poverty threshold in 2012 for a family of four with two children means making an income below $23,283.

 

These sustained levels of high poverty come after several years of continued economic hardship for families across Kentucky. Not only did child poverty remain high, but total poverty rose from 18.6 percent in 2009 to 19.4 percent in 2012, bringing the Commonwealth into 47th place compared to other states and the District of Columbia. This new evidence highlights that Kentucky families are still struggling and the upcoming General Assembly session is a key opportunity for policymakers to enact policies that will strengthen Kentucky families and the economy.

 

 

 

 

 

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