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Poverty in Kentucky (#803)

Poverty rates in Kentucky counties range from 5 percent in Oldham County to 45.5 percent in Owsley County, according to figures from Community Action Kentucky. Jefferson County's poverty rate was 13.6 percent, and Fayette County's was 14.7 percent.

The nation's official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009. Real median income in 2010 was $49,445, according to the Census Bureau, down from 1999's $53,252 in today's dollars.

This edition of Connections is being taped at the Russell School Apartments in Lexington. The Russell School, Lexington's first school for African Americans, closed in 2003 and has been reopened as a community center and an apartment complex reserved for people 62 and older, who receive discounts from Housing and Urban Development.

Learn more: Poverty in Kentucky from Community Action Kentucky

Kentucky Demographics of Poor Children from the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University

Kentucky Youth Advocates

Air Dates

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 5:00/4:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:30/6:30 am CT on KET2