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Kentucky remains the 26th largest state by population, based on newly released census data that shows an increase in residents of 0.4 percent from last year.

The Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville said in a news release that new estimates from the Census Bureau show the state's resident population was 4,454,189 as of July 1. The number is a 2.6 percent increase from the 2010 census.


Kentucky youth advocacy group is calling for state earned income tax credits as a means to get families with children out of poverty.

Newly released U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that 25 percent of Kentucky children live below the poverty line. This is not a significant change from the 2015 estimate of 25.9 percent.

Advocacy group Kentucky Youth Advocates said, however, the percent of Kentucky children living in poverty remains higher since the Great Recession began in 2008 when it was 23.5 percent. KYA said economic well-being is the ‘most pervasive’ aspect of a child’s life.

A progressive economic group says Kentucky should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act based on recently release Census data. The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy points to data that shows the percentage of Kentuckians without insurance dropped last year based on early elements of the health care law.