Too Many Kentucky Kids Live in Poverty

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A report released Tuesday says Kentucky needs to do a better job to ensure its kids get the best start in life. 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Kentucky 34th nationally for overall child well-being.

Kentucky placed 39th in economic well-being, according to the report.Kentucky now has nearly 26% of children living in poverty.

Nine% of teens age 16 to 19 in Kentucky were not attending school nor employed.

On the bright side, 96-percent of Kentucky kids are now covered by health insurance.

New Hampshire and Massachusetts were the top two, while Mississippi was last just ahead of New Mexico.

To see the full report, visit

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