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Calloway Ranks in the Top 5 Kentucky Counties for Child Well-Being

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A new Kentucky Youth Advocates study shows Calloway to be the 5th best county in the Commonwealth for Overall Child Well-Being, its second year in the top 5. 

See where other counties in our listening area ranked for child well-being. 

The study released Tuesday is part of the Kentucky Kids Count Project aiming to provide a detailed picture of child well-being in order to promote public action on their behalf in all 120 counties.

The study uses poverty rates, youth incarceration and school performance to measure child well-being in areas of education, health, economic security and family environment. 

Calloway scored among the top coming only behind Oldham, Boone, Spencer and Woodford counties.

Last year, Calloway was 3rd overall. The only other Western Kentucky county to come close last year was Marshall County, but this year, both Ballard and Marshall made it into the top 10 at 6th and 9th respectively. 


The lowest ranked counties in our region are Fulton and Christian. 

Calloway arrived in the 4th spot for education, 5th in health and 8th in family/community happiness. However, it scored 36th in economic security noting a 16% child poverty rate. 

See the full report here

See how other counties in our listening area placed on the list. Click on the county name to see a full breakdown of percentile statistics. 

Calloway County 5th - scored among the top arriving in the 4th spot for education, 5th in health and 8th in family/community happiness. However, it scored 36th  in economic security noting 16% child poverty rate. 

Ballard County 6th - scored near the top in family/community happiness and child education, 27th in economic security and 42nd in health. 

Marshall County 9th - ranked in the top 10 scoring 9th in economic security, 7th in education and 19th in health.

Carlisle County 14th ranked 3rd in family/community happiness.

Lyon County 17th - ranked 2nd in education, but is below the 45 mark in all other areas.

Hickman County 30th

McCracken County 41th - in the 20s for economic security and education readiness, but is 98th for family/community happiness.

Graves County 47th - ranked in the 30s for health and education, but fell under the halfway mark for economic security and family/community happiness.

Livingston County 50th 

Todd County 56th 

Hopkins County 64th 

Christian County 94th 

Fulton County 107th 

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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