Poverty in Kentucky

What is the poverty rate in Kentucky?
The poverty rate in Kentucky is 18.3%. One out of every 5.5 residents of Kentucky lives in poverty.

How many people in Kentucky live in poverty?
783,586 of 4,287,887 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Kentucky compare to the national average?
Kentucky ranks 47th in Poverty Rate at 18.3%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Kentucky is meaningfully higher than the national average of 14.6%.

Kentucky Poverty Rate County Map

Kentucky County Poverty Rate Comparison

Kentucky Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Kentucky?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Kentucky is 16.6%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Kentucky is 19.9%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Kentucky

Female residents of Kentucky are moderately(19%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

348,719 of 2,101,003 males in Kentucky live below the poverty line.

434,867 of 2,186,884 females in Kentucky live below the poverty line.

Kentucky Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Kentucky By Age?

Kentucky Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Kentucky Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 27.9%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 25.0%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 21.5%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 18.1%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 11.3%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 14.1%.

Historical Kentucky Poverty Rate

Kentucky Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

19.0% 15.3%

2011

19.1% 0.0% 15.9%

2012

19.4% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

18.8% 3.0% 15.8%

2014

19.1% 1.0% 15.5%

2015

18.5% 3.0% 14.7%

2016

18.5% 0.0% 14.0%

2017

17.2% 7.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Kentucky Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

331,658

29.2% 25.2% 7.5%

American Indian

8,797

27.7% 26.8% 0.2%

Asian

58,254

16.1% 11.9% 1.3%

Pacific Islander

2,159

21.9% 19.0% 0.0%

Other

38,918

33.1% 23.8% 0.9%

Two Or More Races

91,598

27.3% 18.4% 2.1%

White

3,661,067

16.7% 10.3% 82.7%

Hispanic

146,146

29.5% 22.2% 3.3%

What's the Poverty Rate in Kentucky By Race?

29.2% of Black residents of Kentucky live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Kentucky is the same as than the national average. 96,845 of 331,658 black Kentuckians live below the poverty line. Approximately 7.5% of the total population of Kentucky are black.

16.1% of Asian residents of Kentucky live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Kentucky is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 9,370 of 58,254 asian Kentuckians live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Kentucky is asian.

16.7% of White residents of Kentucky live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Kentucky is dramatically higher than the national average of 10.3%. 610,675 of 3,661,067 white Kentuckians live below the poverty line. Approximately 82.7% of the total population of Kentucky are white.

29.5% of Hispanic residents of Kentucky live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Kentucky is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 43,098 of 146,146 hispanic Kentuckians live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.3% of the total population of Kentucky are hispanic.

Kentucky Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Kentucky can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 23.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kentucky residents enrolled in school is moderately higher than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 242,663 of 1,014,185 Kentuckians enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 22.9% of the total population of Kentucky are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 15.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kentucky residents not enrolled in school is significantly higher than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 496,528 of 3,117,946 Kentuckians not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 70.5% of the total population of Kentucky are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Kentucky is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 23.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kentucky residents enrolled in nursery school is meaningfully higher than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 14,046 of 60,374 Kentuckians enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of Kentucky is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 25.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kentucky residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is meaningfully higher than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 56,684 of 221,593 Kentuckians enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Kentucky are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Kentucky can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 22.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kentucky residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is meaningfully higher than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 50,651 of 222,242 Kentuckians enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Kentucky are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 20.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kentucky residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is moderately higher than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 45,572 of 222,745 Kentuckians enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Kentucky are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 28.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kentucky residents enrolled in undergraduate school is meaningfully higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 52,792 of 185,915 Kentuckians enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.2% of the total population of Kentucky are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Kentucky have a Poverty Rate of 17.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Kentucky residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is the same as than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 8,251 of 47,796 Kentuckians enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.1% of the total population of Kentucky is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Kentucky Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Kentucky born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

18.1%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Kentucky who were born citizens of the United States is 18.1%.

24.1%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Kentucky who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 24.1%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Kentucky born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Kentucky have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 4,130,647 residents of Kentucky who were born citizens of the United States, 745,695 (18.1%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 37,891 (24.1%) of 157,240 residents of Kentucky who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Kentucky Poverty Rate By City

Kentucky Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Alexandria

44th

8.9% 9,022

Ashland

141st

24.1% 21,035

Bardstown

83rd

16.4% 13,034

Bellevue

47th

10.2% 5,838

Benton

88th

16.9% 4,464

Berea

144th

24.2% 14,927

Bowling Green

164th

26.4% 64,302

Buckner

69th

14.0% 5,648

Burlington

48th

10.4% 16,776

Campbellsville

185th

29.8% 11,364

Central City

197th

31.6% 5,841

Cold Spring

10th

2.7% 6,283

Columbia

93rd

18.5% 4,852

Corbin

161st

26.1% 7,315

Covington

150th

24.7% 40,578

Crestwood

23rd

4.8% 4,840

Cynthiana

148th

24.6% 6,328

Danville

100th

19.2% 16,657

Dayton

128th

22.5% 5,378

Douglass Hills

8th

2.4% 5,677

Edgewood

18th

4.1% 8,688

Elizabethtown

79th

15.4% 29,794

Elsmere

98th

19.1% 8,555

Erlanger

57th

11.5% 18,674

Farley

65th

13.9% 4,432

Flatwoods

73rd

14.4% 7,274

Florence

41st

8.2% 31,603

Fort Campbell North

63rd

13.6% 13,600

Fort Knox

68th

14.0% 9,092

Fort Mitchell

43rd

8.5% 8,239

Fort Thomas

29th

6.2% 16,254

Fort Wright

34th

7.2% 5,718

Francisville

1st

1.1% 9,458

Frankfort

87th

16.8% 27,453

Franklin

134th

23.3% 8,675

Georgetown

61st

12.9% 32,142

Glasgow

178th

29.0% 14,318

Greenville

142nd

24.1% 4,340

Harrodsburg

156th

25.5% 8,351

Hazard

159th

25.8% 5,250

Hebron

16th

3.8% 6,095

Henderson

136th

23.4% 28,859

Hendron

91st

17.8% 4,847

Highland Heights

82nd

16.3% 7,128

Hillview

30th

6.3% 8,913

Hopkinsville

130th

22.7% 31,741

Hurstbourne

3rd

1.4% 4,365

Independence

28th

6.2% 26,772

Jeffersontown

25th

5.4% 27,406

La Grange

71st

14.2% 8,620

Lawrenceburg

72nd

14.4% 11,087

Lebanon

177th

28.8% 5,584

Leitchfield

182nd

29.3% 6,826

Lexington-Fayette

94th

18.6% 315,109

London

176th

28.4% 8,000

Louisville/Jefferson County metro government (balance)

85th

16.7% 615,478

Ludlow

113th

21.4% 4,523

Lyndon

31st

6.8% 11,394

Madisonville

103rd

19.6% 19,303

Massac

49th

10.4% 4,652

Mayfield

189th

30.2% 9,936

Maysville

114th

21.6% 8,804

Middlesborough

229th

41.7% 9,709

Middletown

59th

12.2% 7,817

Monticello

143rd

24.1% 6,120

Morehead

211th

34.3% 7,663

Mount Sterling

140th

24.1% 7,139

Mount Washington

38th

8.0% 14,285

Murray

213th

35.1% 18,900

Newport

205th

33.3% 15,219

Nicholasville

126th

22.4% 29,547

Oak Grove

131st

22.9% 7,426

Oakbrook

21st

4.7% 9,025

Owensboro

106th

20.0% 58,791

Paducah

149th

24.7% 24,879

Paintsville

146th

24.4% 4,181

Paris

129th

22.7% 9,807

Pikeville

190th

30.6% 7,065

Princeton

108th

20.2% 6,173

Prospect

4th

1.7% 4,851

Radcliff

104th

19.6% 22,718

Reidland

67th

14.0% 4,304

Richmond

195th

31.1% 33,993

Russellville

180th

29.1% 7,015

Scottsville

203rd

32.2% 4,383

Shelbyville

78th

15.1% 15,318

Shepherdsville

64th

13.7% 12,006

Shively

123rd

22.1% 15,701

Somerset

214th

35.7% 11,334

St. Matthews

46th

9.9% 17,993

Taylor Mill

51st

10.7% 6,739

Union

2nd

1.2% 5,751

Versailles

152nd

25.0% 9,132

Villa Hills

33rd

7.1% 7,397

Vine Grove

15th

3.7% 5,793

Walton

58th

12.0% 4,189

Westwood

139th

24.0% 5,088

Williamsburg

122nd

22.0% 5,261

Wilmore

165th

26.7% 6,226

Winchester

95th

18.9% 18,364

Research & Reports

USA National Poverty Rate by County

Poverty Rate

USA Poverty Rate Statistics

View Poverty Report

National Poverty Statistics

Where are the most poverty-stricken areas in your state? We breakdown over 3,000 counties nationwide and show the rank the best and worst communities by poverty rate in your area.

See Poverty Statistics
Kentucky Social Security Statistics

Kentucky Social Security

Kentucky Social Security Statistics

Kentucky Social Security

Social Security Payments in Kentucky

How are the Social Security Payments distributed throughout Kentucky? We breakdown social security benefits by city and county statewide and rank communities with the most and least social security income per capita.

Kentucky Social Security
Kentucky Food Stamp Statistics

Food Stamps

Kentucky Food Stamp Statistics.

Kentucky Food Stamps

Food Stamp Recipients in Kentucky

Which areas receive the most food stamp public assistance in Kentucky? We breakdown food stamps by city and county statewide and rank communities with the most and least food and nutrional supplements given to residents.

Kentucky Food Stamps

Welfare Info