According to a new WalletHub study, Kentucky is one of the worst states in America. With a high percentage of people living in poverty, unhealthy adults, and being overworked, many Kentuckians are struggling.

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If I can say one thing about Kentucky, it's a beautiful state, with friendly people. I moved here in 1994 from Michigan. Everyone was so welcoming, and the pace of life was slower. It didn't take long to feel like I was at home. I also learned pretty quickly Kentucky is a culture made up of bluegrass, bourbon, BBQ, and basketball. It's a place where neighbors help neighbors. There are also challenges facing many Kentuckians. There's a high rate of poverty and food insecurity throughout the state. People are hurting and need help.


How's life in Kentucky? When it comes to poverty, home ownership, income, health, and job growth, a new report from WalletHub shows there's work to be done. The Commonwealth has many families with not enough money to meet basic needs.

The personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2023’s Best States to Live in, and Kentucky didn't perform well. Where Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, and Wyoming are the five best states to live in, Kentucky landed as the 9th worst. New Mexico is the worst city to live in based on the study. WalletHub broke down Kentucky's quality of life and where the most work needs to be done.


• 20th – Homeownership Rate
• 46th – % of the Population in Poverty
• 18th – Income Growth
• 50th – % of Adults in Fair or Poor Health
• 30th – Avg. Weekly Work Hours
• 30th – Restaurants per Capita

The percentage of the population in poverty and adults in fair or poor health is alarming. We have a long way to go to combat the war on poverty in Kentucky. It's heartbreaking to see that so many of our neighbors are hurting.


To determine the best and worst states to live in, WalletHub compared the 50 states across five key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economy, 3) Education & Health, 4) Quality of Life, and 5) Safety.

Source: WalletHub

I still say Kentucky has the most genuine, and nicest people in the country! We need to come together and help those in need. Especially, in poor rural areas where the poverty rate increases every year. Whether you volunteer your time, donate money, have a fundraiser, or hold a food/clothing drive, there are many ways we can make Kentucky a better place. Giving back brings joy and a sense of well-being. #KentuckyProud

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