Asset poverty rate: 24.5%
Average college graduate debt: $27,216
Unbanked households: 7.2%
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 11%
Food insecurity: 14.4%
Minimum wage: $7.25
Number of Black or African American children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: N/A
Number of Hispanic or Latino children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 18,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 6.4%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 24.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 34.7%
Poverty rate: 16.3%
Unemployment rate: 4.3%
High school graduation rate: 90.3%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 85.5%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 55%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 24.8%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
Children in foster care: 9,148
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 103,441
Percent of children in immigrant families: 10%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 36%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 25%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.12%
People experiencing homelessness: 4,011
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 133,500
Percent renters: 33%
Total housing units: 1,994,323
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents: 516
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 588
Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 30,387
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 239,000
EITC recipients: 384,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 11,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 85,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 111,151
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 611,807
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 98,091
Participants in all Head Start programs: 15,167
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 22%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Black or African American children below 200% poverty: N/A
Number of Hispanic or Latino children below 200% poverty: 36,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
Senior poverty rate: 11.6%
Women in poverty: 17.8%

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key Kentucky policies and a link to an  organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Work Supports