CNN 2016 Politics Center
Source: U.S. Census QuickFacts
Kentucky County That Gave War On Poverty A Face Still Struggles. (4/28/2014)
Today, the roads here are well-paved. People say the schools and hospitals are much better than they used to be. Still, Martin County remains one of the poorest counties in the country. Its poverty rate is 35 percent, more than twice the national average. Unemployment remains high. Only 9 percent of the adults have a college degree.
Food Stamp Cut Backed by Republicans With Voters on Rolls. (Bloomberg Business, 8/13/2013)
Among the 254 counties where food stamp recipients doubled between 2007 and 2011, Republican Mitt Romney won 213 of them in last year’s presidential election, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data compiled by Bloomberg. Kentucky’s Owsley County, which backed Romney with 81 percent of its vote, has the largest proportion of food stamp recipients among those that he carried.