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BBB Trends: As if a pandemic isn’t enough to worry about, beware of the scammers exploiting the Census

The 2020 U.S. Census is happening at the same time as a global pandemic, shelter-in-place orders and government stimulus payments. Scammers are exploiting these confusing circumstances. How the Scam Works: You receive an unsolicited message via text, email or social media messenger. The message says that to qualify for your stimulus payment, you need to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. Whether or not...

Eastern Kentucky lags significantly behind rest of Kentucky and nation in census response

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Eastern Kentucky is significantly lagging the state and other parts of the nation in responding to the U.S. Census which will determine future federal funding as well as representation in federal and state legislative seats. According to data filed by the U.S. Census on April 7 the 5th Congressional District representing eastern Kentucky response rate as only 34.9%...

U.S. Census forms coming to mailbox; fill it out — every person counts, our state needs accurate count

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to participate in the U.S. Census, which takes place every 10 years, with everyone getting a notification to participate coming in the mail over the next week or so. 
Beshear told reporters why it’s so important to get counted. 


“The U.S. government distributes more than $675 billion in federal funding, based on...

CivicLex announces On the Table 2020 for March 25; group to test ‘relationship-based approach to change’

CivicLex, the new leadership behind On the Table, has announced March 25 as the official date for On the Table 2020. The event’s website, onthetablelex.org, is now live and anyone interested in participating is encouraged to explore the site to learn more and to register as individuals attending a table or as table hosts. The site will provide attendee and host guides to make the process as simple...

New data shows rise in number of Kentuckians with health insurance coverage thanks to ACA

Newly-released U.S. Census data shows Kentucky continued its historic progress in reducing the share of residents without health insurance coverage in 2016, down to only 5.1 percent compared to 6.0 percent in 2015 – a statistically significant drop over the past year. The new American Community Survey data (ACS) shows Kentucky has also experienced a statistically significant 9.2 percentage point...

Data shows income rises for Kentucky households in 2015 but progress needed to reduce poverty

New Census data released Thursday shows median household incomes in Kentucky rose by over $2,000 in Kentucky last year, evidence of an improving economy with rising wages for workers. However, the number of Kentuckians in poverty continues to be too high and some rural parts of the state are showing little progress. Median household income in Kentucky rose from $43,014 in 2014 to $45,215 in 2015,...

Daily Yonder: Rural, exurban counties lag
in income; Kentucky’s Owsley among lowest

By Bill Bishop Special to KyForward   Only 376 rural or exurban counties had median family incomes that were equal to or greater than the national median of $50,502 in 2011, according to the U.S. Census.   Remember, “median” means the middle. Half the households in the U.S. had income greater than $50,502 in 2011 and half made less. The map below shows the median household income in each...