Kentucky: By The Numbers


Total Poverty Rates




Kentucky: By The Numbers

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Since 2007, the number of people below poverty in Kentucky increased from 706,947 (+/- 14,225) to 821,067 (+/-15,075). Even though the recession has officially ended, in Kentucky and nationally, poverty and poverty rates have not declined to pre-recession levels.


While the American Community Survey (ACS) contains estimates with detailed characteristics of those below poverty, county and other local level estimates from the ACS often refer to multiple years. 


The official poverty rates are available through the U. S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program (




Data from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program include a range for each estimate. This tells us the range within which the estimate most likely falls.

For ease of use, these confidence interval ranges have been converted to a margin of error and rounded to the nearest dollar. If you have seen poll results on the news, when they say “plus or minus 5 points” (+/- 5) they are telling you the margin of error.

Since the margin of error tells us how reliable the estimate is, it is important to

always report the margin of error

For help in understanding margins of error, see : "And Now for the Grain of Salt: Margins of Error and the American Community Survey"

Other "Kentucky: By the Numbers" webpages:

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        Kentucky: By the Numbers Homepage


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County Data Sheets


PDF Files:

~ ~ Each Data Sheet is 1 Page Long ~ ~



To find your county, click on the file that contains your county name. 

All counties are listed alphabetically.


To print your county, scroll down to it and print the current page(s) only.

To print the entire series, print all pages in each file.




Adair County through Carlisle County



Knox County through Martin County



Carroll County through Garrard County



Mason County through Pulaski County



Grant County through Knott County



Robertson County through Woodford County





Data Sources Used



These data are from the

Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) at the Census Bureau


and were downloaded from




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