Russell County sees improvement in poverty, food insecurity rates

Russell County has seen improvement in the number of children in the county facing poverty and food insecurity, according to the latest data from the Kentucky Youth Advocates.

The Kentucky Kids Count Survey was released this week and takes a look at a variety of economic, education, health and family data.

Looking at the data, Russell County saw its number of children living in poverty, or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line, drop from 37 percent in 2016 to 31.4 percent in 2021.

That’s still higher than average in the state, ranking 89th of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

Russell County also saw its number of children in low-income families, categorized as being under 200 percent of the federal poverty line, drop from 57 percent in the years 2012-2016 to 54 percent in 2017-2021.

That percentage ranks 79th of 120 counties.

The number of Russell County children living in food-insecure households has also decreased, from 20.7 percent in 2019 to 17.2 percent in 2021.

That places Russell County 74th out of 120 counties in Kentucky.

We’ll continue our look at data from the Kentucky Kids Count Survey on local news tomorrow.


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