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Louisville Residents More Obese Than the Average American

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Louisville/Jefferson County metro area, 31.3% of adults […]

Kentucky is the 6th Least Healthy State

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Life Expectancy in Louisville Below National Average

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN metro area, life expectancy is 76.8 years at birth, lower than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Kentucky, life […]

Kentucky is America’s 6th Worst Run State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is More Common in Louisville

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Louisville/Jefferson County metro area, 66.4% of residents own their homes, higher than the national homeownership rate and the second highest of any metro area in Kentucky. Young Americans […]

Poverty Rate in Louisville Below National Level

An estimated 13.4% of residents in the Louisville/Jefferson County metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than both the national poverty rate of 14.7% and the state’s poverty rate of 18.5%. Louisville/Jefferson County has the lowest poverty rate of any Kentucky metro area. A high school education can mean the difference between […]

Why Students in Kentucky Graduate College With Less Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Why Louisville Residents Spend Less Time Commuting

The average resident of the Louisville/Jefferson County metro area spends 24.1 minutes commuting to work, shorter than the national average of 26.4 minutes and longer than the statewide average of 23.3 minutes. Louisville/Jefferson County residents have the third shortest commute of any metro area in Kentucky. Two of the main factors that determine commute time […]

Louisville Residents More Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 21.1% of adults in the Louisville/Jefferson County metro area smoke, higher than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 26.2% statewide smoking rate. The Louisville/Jefferson County smoking rate is the second lowest in Kentucky. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in […]

Why Louisville Has One of the Highest Robbery Rates

The FBI defines robbery as the taking, or the attempted taking, of anything of value from someone by force, threat of violence, or fear. Most robberies involve the use of a firearm and yield $1,190 worth of goods on average. There were 327,374 robberies reported nationwide in 2015 — 102 per 100,000 Americans. Crime and […]

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