The latest report from Kentucky Youth Advocates (PDF) shows that child poverty has increased, and, according to 2009 numbers, Kentucky leads neighboring states in the percentage of children who are poor.

  • Kentucky – 25.2%
  • Indiana – 19.%
  • Tennessee – 23.5%
  • Ohio – 21.5 %
  • West Virginia – 23.4%
  • Virginia – 13.6%
  • Illinois – 18.6%
  • Missouri – 20.3%

Child poverty in Kentucky increased to 25.2 percent in the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS) from 23.4 percent in the 2007 ACS. In Kentucky, over 250,000 children are poor, up from 228,000 in 2007, according to Census Bureau data released today. Poverty also rose sharply for the total population in Kentucky in 2009, highlighting the widespread impact of the recession. Total state-level poverty rose to 18.6 percent in 2009 from 17.3 percent in 2007. Over 770,000 Kentuckians lived in poverty in 2009.

(via Page One)

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