I’m catching Hell, and so is Clay County, Ky

“Life is not just about the good things or not just about the bad things. It is both. It all depends where you focus your attention.”  Ann Marie Aguilar’s quote applies to the Black American community. From President Obama to Donald Trump, Black people have seen the good times and are bracing for the bad times to come.

I’m catching Hell, and so is Clay County, Ky

The high schooler graduation rate of Clay County is 63.7% vs. 83.8% for Black Americans.

Americans are constantly told by President Donald Trump that African-Americans and Hispanics in the United States are “living in hell” because inner cities are so dangerous1 . Are Black and Hispanic Americans the only Americans living a tragedy?

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on January 14, 2017. “All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!” This excerpt came from a New York Times article2 on January 15, 2017.

The hardest County to live in America?

Poverty is found in many parts of the United States. Jay Harold will highlight some non-urban areas with a low Black American population that may meet Donald S. Trump’s definition of “living in hell.” Jay Harold previously has highlighted Jackson County, KYMcDowell County, WVOwsley County, KyBrooks County, TX, and Hancock County, TN.  Jay Harold will spotlight another county in the state of Kentucky. The county is home to part of the Daniel Boone National Forest, historic hamlets, and the land of the swinging bridges.The county is Clay County.

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Peter Hasson of the Daily Caller states that four of the five poorest counties3 in America are in Kentucky. Generally speaking, the rural parts of Kentucky tend to be both white and very poor. In 2014, The New York Times named the ten hardest counties to live in America. The county Jay Harold will highlight was chosen as the hardest place to live in America4 !

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation5  stated the following facts about Clay County:

  1. In 2013, female life expectancy was in the worst 10% of all counties at 73.6 years, while male life expectancy was in the worst 10% of all counties at 68.6 years. This compares to the national average of 81.2 years for females and 76.5 years for males.
  2. In 2011, the percentage of obese females was in the worst 10% of all counties at 47.9%, while the proportion of obese males was in the worst 10% of all counties at 43%. The national average in 2011 was 36.1% for females and 33.8% for males.
  3. The prevalence of recommended physical activity in 2011 was in the worst 10% of all counties for females and in the worst 10% of all counties for males, with 34.9% of females and 35.8% of males getting recommended physical activity. To compare, the national average in 2011 was 52.6% for females and 56.3% for males.

Clay County6 , Kentucky is located in southeastern Kentucky. This area is known for being the Gateway to the Elk & Redbud Capitals of Kentucky and the Land of Swinging Bridges!

The 2015 U.S. American Factfinder Census6 states that 880 African-Americans lived among 20,766 people in Clay County. That’s 4.2% of the total population. The table below from the U.S. Census shows the demographics of the county

Clay County Demographics

I’m catching Hell, and so is Clay County, Ky

Clay County has a 46.8% poverty rate.

Population estimates, July 1, 2015, (V2015)


Race and Hispanic Origin

White alone, percent, July 1, 2015
Black or African American alone, percent, July 1, 2015
The median household income in Clay County was $21,549 according to the 2015 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census. Here’s some more data below is from the U.S. Census.

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