County Rankings
Kentucky
County
Overall Prosperity
Inclusive Societies
Safety and Security
Personal Freedom
Social Capital
Open Economies
Business Environment
Infrastructure
Economic Quality
Empowered People
Living Conditions
Health
Education
Natural Environment
Oldham167772394175311117
Woodford2687822828214243650
Campbell3888823759285119268
Spencer4152521544142093457108
Boone5919211824359511285109
Scott69095266531616341893
Kenton7103104255436149720955
Fayette8119119117102283382490
Boyle982832222011196081422746
Meade104546229278458918102820101
Jessamine11981012231130276103651717
Carlisle1225322174110311442133582628
Anderson136359276406025681512302449
Shelby1486872261617311014966066
Bourbon1581852414206222039104667
Larue162226241314133524782435336
Hardin1799982637183201916342782
Hart1812162331587103279715911264
Henry1995280496861504435189370
Warren201081111134212102423121913888
Calloway21111113228232154971819360
Russell224845272243714635864627823
Washington2331392136210867152950313069
Nelson249396214283340291617175647
Green251318234557263645752798215
Adair2626212792689863768544912
Gallatin274948264259138773443781104
Marshall2876792111713302660152339113
Bullitt2910010025237512367136155144
Grant3061562103328826485437388680
Monroe315922136325734891029810213
Marion327772290474960463278423720
Montgomery3395902107191928253122614781
Mercer3462652193065323968302650111
Madison35101103236224035112345251299
Graves3610299266214515542824572297
Greenup373429275806472963520873384
Ballard3874682102598277333040451595
McCreary3926232924231411586106928833
Grayson406462253334436497170887362
Garrard415757285768976832527168443
Breckinridge4258602487069391083372404426
Rowan437071269532443874585512935
Johnson44424422567593411355801071619
Whitley457269289606656794056992134
Daviess46113112271108182743262719110
Fleming474340249784693565067764332
Owen487152161001188381426533809
Edmonson4921191137889117421054655706822
Clark50114114274182729132658113286
Morgan51332598710773786377697529
Franklin5211711729326764211721242574
Cumberland531420240735684757263861093
Rockcastle5444422567783511095654745273
Robertson5511295107112112174891414821
Jefferson56120120120621112249131231112
Pendleton57505424768105664366422961107
Allen581041021138848753765274867384
McLean59363823510110197764161396641
Lyon60384321810986109922273142372
Laurel619694296502252733843813542
Bath6216172578292681027776967765
Henderson6311011011163838493834234913106
Jackson64514928646997981019710510618
Barren659797261392555416286664159
Harrison668586250668192183928487263
Pulaski679491282431653596462714096
Casey688132389910685777479849614
Union6980762655239694278104656571
Livingston70304721104100100845353605779
Bracken7132412510393111516169359440
Lincoln7227302317580758891938011357
Webster7323212100655488401071084490105
Hopkins74112107119111513471373629642885
Simpson758989230564386166747466998
McCracken76118118254136461259253611114
Trimble771011246636341991143847116118
Crittenden7871732519267107625249726452
Logan791071092833558453169415267103
Menifee8029282589512080718166941185
Taylor81115115243581582472432683430
Metcalfe8278742735479595790908210378
Magoffin83198211971110131041121051188375
Clinton84757526061104443587839110476
Hickman855967279111695307096755845
Hancock86202424596501132894603263117
Todd8754632984611015582845611753
Wolfe88282221148598651121031011049937
Trigg89798028947110666653121101100
Caldwell90105105287694291455188501489
Muhlenberg91656424472577882100346345119
Butler925252113818676967488747811091
Boyd9310910821044512487080468342108
Nicholas94373127993969969105117898539
Perry9553502120102359810183811195461
Powell96565521098874948092100857694
Knox97666129983707010696951017977
Ohio986966210674788761106575570115
Carroll9955532117294750241209290107120
Carter100413329810552104951021111005987
Lee10117721089895811031151191129127
Knott1024229111611510597991031147438
Lawrence103465122764941211811998106120102
Martin1043334239108109741141048910311551
Wayne105605828411162117727575771116
Christian1061161162113343647368459979592
Floyd107352729411073103117981121165524
Estill10824142118115851081169511495972
Elliott10911421101191141191007687731141
Letcher110473721121129011491971101206225
Owsley111838227081119221071119911110848
Lewis11239352681171111109493107939254
Harlan1134036267114771021201091161157116
Pike11473702771132911890851131103610
Bell11510610621015748588511311511310511
Fulton116878421059710290581089410210083
Mason1179293232902311519110515387116
Breathitt11818102115118551161111181201179831
Clay1198481297106977911911610910811958
Leslie1206122201201131201101171181098956
Column Definitions
Safety and Security

The Safety & Security pillar measures the degree to which mass killings and injuries, violent crime, and property crime destabilize the security of individuals, both immediately and through longer lasting effects.

Personal Freedom

The Personal Freedom pillar measures progress towards basic legal rights, individual liberties, and social tolerance.

Governance

The Governance pillar measures the extent to which there are checks and restraints on power and whether government operates effectively and without corruption.

Social Capital

The Social Capital pillar measures the strength of personal and social relationships, institutional trust, social networks, and civic participation.

Business Environment

The Business Environment pillar measures the entrepreneurial environment, business infrastructure, access to credit, labor market flexibility, and price distortions for goods and services.

Infrastructure

The Infrastructure pillar measures the quality of the infrastructure that facilities trade – from telecommunications and transport to the availability and reliability of resources.

Economic Quality

The Economic Quality pillar measures how well the economy is equipped to generate wealth sustainably and with the full engagement of its workforce.

Living Conditions

The Living Conditions pillar measures the degree to which a reasonable quality of life is experienced by all, including material resources, shelter, basic services, and connectivity.

Health

The Health pillar measures the health of the population, their illness and risk factors, and access to the services to maintain good health, including health systems, as well as health outcomes including mortality rates.

Education

The Education pillar measures the access to, and quality of, the four stages of education (pre-primary, primary, secondary, and tertiary), as well as the education level of the adult population.

Natural Environment

The Natural Environment pillar measures the aspects of the physical environment that have an immediate impact on people in their daily lives and also those that impact the prosperity of future generations.

How to use this table

The rankings tables show how 50 states and Washington D.C. plus 1,196 counties in 12 selected states compare across the different domains, pillars, elements, and indicators of the American Dream Prosperity Index. (Please note, element and indicator rankings are only displayed for the state level Index but are available for counties in the county profile datasheets available to download.)

We endeavor to create an Index that is methodologically sound, so have consulted a working group of academics and experts with knowledge spanning all of the metrics in the Index to determine the best way to measure prosperity across the U.S.

Our methodology is based on the concept of three domains, capturing institutional, economic, and social wellbeing, that are equally essential to prosperity. These domains are measured through 11 pillars, built upon 48 actionable policy areas (elements), and underpinned by over 200 indicators. For details of how each pillar, element, and indicator is currently weighted in the Index, you can download a copy of our full methodology report in the Downloads section of the site, along with the full 2021 dataset.

However, we know that different people may have different views on how important each metric is to a state or county's prosperity. So, we have created a Weightings tool that allows you to assign different weights - that is, different levels of importance - to the pillars, elements, and indicators.

If you click on the 'Adjust Weightings' button, you can choose to assign each metric in the current ranking table a value from x0 to x2 of the default ADPI weighting. The tool will then re-calculate the rankings based on your preferences. [Please note that the weighting function is intended to provide only an indicative understanding of how changing the weights can affect the rankings. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.]

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Weighting

This tool allows you to up- or down-weight individual metrics depending on what is important to you. Once you have made your selection, click the X in the top right corner or back onto the main page, and the table will update to provide an indication of the impact that change would have on a state or county's rank. The default ADPI setting weights all metrics as per our Index methodology (available to read in full in the Downloads section). Please note the resultant rankings are indicative only. For more details, please click on the 'How to use this table' button.

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The Governance pillar is not included in the table above as there is no county variation in Governance, all counties have been given the state score value.

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