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Ky outpaces border states in child poverty, recession toll

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- More than one in four children in Kentucky are now living in poverty,  new Census Bureau data shows.

“This report again makes me wonder when the core needs of children will become a priority for our leaders in Frankfort.," said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.  "When will kids compete with business and coal and horses?"

The data compiled in the American Community Survey, shows child poverty in Kentucky increased to 27.4 percent in 2011 from 23.5 percent in 2008 just when the recession started, bringing the total number of children who live in families with incomes below $22,350 a year for a family of four to 275,394.


Source: US Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey

In addition to the increase in poverty, the median household income for Kentuckians has decreased since 2008, according to a news release.  Median household income has fallen to $41,141 from $43,232 in 2008. 

“Kentucky advocates and policymakers have serious issues to face in the next year, including how to help low-income, working families make ends meet,” Brooks said.

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