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A Concise History of Kentucky$
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James C. Klotter and Freda C. Klotter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124988

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.001.0001

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Today and Tomorrow in Kentucky

Today and Tomorrow in Kentucky

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(p.197) Chapter Twelve Today and Tomorrow in Kentucky
Source:
A Concise History of Kentucky
Author(s):

James C. Klotter

Freda C. Klotter

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124988.003.0012

This chapter give an image of a typical Kentuckian at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Here it is one of a thirty-six-year-old white woman who was likely to have been born within the state. Although people in Kentucky do not earn as much as those in other parts of America, the state facilitates lower costs of living, and Kentuckians are more likely to own their own homes because they have smaller mortgages compared to elsewhere. In 2000, Kentucky was still considered poor as it ranked forty-fifth in terms of number of people in poverty. Also, Kentuckians are often characterized to be overweight with high blood pressure. Understanding the past may aid in how people understand the path that they may be taking in the future as examining histories allows societies to plan for the years ahead. To do this, particularly in Kentucky's case, it is important to assess both the state's strengths and weaknesses.

Keywords:   Kentucky, mortgages, poverty, overweight

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