Rankings 2014

kentucky

Education:

29th

Economy:

36th

Safety:

23rd

Environment:

41st

Health:

39th

Infrastructure:

29th

Government:

48th

Results Champion?: NO

The state performance measures have little positive to say about Kentucky. The state has low rates of violent crimes and ranks 3rd in the US in terms of government use of technology.

The goal areas that have the lowest overall rankings are in environment and in government. Kentucky is in the middle of tough fiscal times, with high rates of debt, poor credit rating, and an unstable pension system. Kentucky, like many of its more southern neighbors, has obesity and smoking rates that negatively affect public health. The state also has high rates of traffic fatalities and child maltreatment. Kentucky ranks 49th in the US for 4-year degrees, and below average in other college measures. Poverty, both adult and childhood poverty, are the poorest economic measures for the state.

Recommendations
Stabilizing the state’s finances, addressing the poor state of colleges in Kentucky, reducing poverty, and increasing education about the risks of smoking and obesity are just a few issues the state has to address. Any one of these can be tackled first, as it will make improvements in other areas. Anything that is politically expedient can be tried in these outcomes areas to improve Kentucky.