8:05pm

Fri November 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Child Poverty Stats Show Strain

In Kentucky, more than 25 percent of children are considered to be living in poverty, according to data released this month from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Living in poverty is among the biggest barriers to academic achievement. Kentucky is one of 10 states, including Tennessee, with 25 percent or more of its children from birth to age 17 living in poverty. It’s estimated that a total of 262,000 Kentucky children were in poverty in 2010, an estimated 26.3 percent, up from 25.6 percent the previous year