One in four Kentucky children live in poverty, and the number is rising.
The Courier-Journal reports those statistics are included in the Kentucky Kids Count 2012 County Data Book, released on Friday.
Kids Count defines poverty as a family of two adults and two children whose annual income falls below $22,113
The report says more than 240,000 children are living in poverty across the commonwealth.
Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said poverty is an endemic problem in Kentucky, but the recession has made it worse.
Overall, Kentucky was ranked 35th in the country for child well-being.
The annual report is a joint project of Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville.