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24/7 Wall St.: America's Poorest States

8. Kentucky

- Median income: $42,091
- Poverty rate:17.3 percent (6th highest)
- Without health insurance: 15.5 percent (18th highest)
- Unemployment rate: 9.5 percent (13th highest)

Residents of Kentucky are among the poorest in the nation, and have the 6th highest rate of poverty. One way the state works to lessen the impact of poverty is through Community Action Kentucky, an organization that provides “direct social services to Kentuckians with low and moderate incomes in all 120 Kentucky counties.” The group provides services ranging from housing to employment training to Meals on Wheels. To raise awareness of community-based agencies, Governor Steve Beshear declared May “Community Action Month” this year.

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