Fayette County ranks 26th in the state for child well-being, according to a Kentucky Youth Advocates report released Tuesday.
The 2014 Kentucky Kids Count County Data Book provides a picture of the status of children in Kentucky counties based on 16 indicators of child well-being.
The report, which includes data from 2008 to 2013, says that 23 percent of kids in Fayette are living in poverty, 47 percent aren't ready for kindergarten, and 13 percent of mothers smoke during pregnancy.
The counties with the highest overall child well-being rankings include (in order) Oldham, Boone, Spencer, Woodford and Calloway counties. Martin, Owsley, Wolfe, Clay, and Elliott counties have the most room for improvement, scoring at the bottom on overall child well-being, the report said.