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Public News Service - KY: Census

An estimated 4,079 Kentuckians experience homelessness on any given day, according to federal data from 2019. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Homeless families and transient youths typically are undercounted in the census, and the COVID-19 pandemic could make efforts to include them even more challenging. The Kentucky Department of Education estimates that each year, more than 24,000 children are either homeless or don'

Researchers estimate that more than 1 million children were missed in the U.S. population count for the 2010 census. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky households now can complete the 2020 census form online or by phone. That's the message children's advocacy groups want residents to know as the national survey begins. Kevin Middleton, president of United Way of Kentucky, said counting kids is even more urgent as public

Federal funding for local school districts is determined in part by the U.S. Census count every 10 years. More than 300 federal programs also use census-derived data. (Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Fewer children in the Commonwealth are living in poverty compared with 2012, according to new county-level data. Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, the organization that analyzed the data, said more children are in families that have enough food, are

As of 2018, a total of 40,000 children in Kentucky are growing up without health insurance coverage, according to the Georgetown Center for Children and Families. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Five thousand Kentucky children lost their health coverage between 2016 and 2018, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. While Kentucky's uninsured numbers aren't as high as those in neighboring states that didn't expand Medicaid, E

A preschool classroom in Kentucky learns about Constitution Day. (Kentucky Youth Advocates)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky school districts want to make sure their students are counted when the 2020 census begins in April. Educators are gearing up to spread the word to parents and communities about the counting of every resident in the nation. Michelle Elison, a Louisville-based part

At least 10 Kentucky school districts will receive federal grant money to help kids graduate from high school on time. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – New money soon will be flowing into the Commonwealth to help close the achievement gap. State leaders announced Tuesday that Kentucky is one of six states to win a $24.5 million GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Aaron Thompson, executive vice president of t

New census figures say Kentucky's median income is up as more people are working, but the state still has one of the nation's highest poverty rates. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky continues to have one of the highest poverty rates in the nation, showing only slight improvement in 2015. New Census Bureau figures show 18.5 percent of Kentuckians lived in poverty last year, down six-tenths of a percent from 2014, but still higher than just before the re

The loss of coal-industry jobs is a big part of widening prosperity gap between eastern Kentucky and rest of state. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

BEREA, Ky. - While the U.S. Census Bureau's new numbers show Kentucky's poverty rate remains basically unchanged, one economic policy analyst says mining deeper into the numbers uncovers a much bigger problem facing the state's Appalachian coal region. Ashley Spalding, research and policy associa

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