Editor-in-Chief: F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, University of Kentucky
Senior Associate Editor: Erin Haynes, DrPH, MS, University of Kentucky
Associate Editor: Erin Bouldin, MPH, PhD, Appalachian State University
Associate Editor: Tim Marema, MA, The Daily Yonder
Director of Knowledge Management: Robert M. Shapiro, MALS, PhD, South East Area Health Education Center Medical Library
Editor of Media Reviews and Reports: Jennifer Mallow, RN, FNP-BC, PhD, West Virginia University School of Nursing
Managing Editor: Charlotte S. Seidman, FNP, MHS, MPH, ELS

The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey

June 2020

This study examines state- and county-level data for the 13 Appalachian states from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS) and from U.S. Census Bureau population estimates on topics including population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy and tenure, education, labor force, employment and unemployment, income and poverty, health insurance coverage, disability status, migration patterns, and veteran status. Additionally, data are provided on types of housing units, homeownership, types of living arrangements, travel time to work and location of work, and income-to-poverty ratio. New to the study this year are trends in the bachelor’s degree field of study and an appendix comparing rural Appalachia to rural areas outside the Appalachian Region.

Information is summarized for five Appalachian subregions and five metro designations. The report also compares data from two recent non-overlapping time periods, allowing the study of trends.

Full Report in PDF (52 MB)

Supplementary Files
  • Full Report in PDF (52 MB)
  • All Report Maps (Zip file: 21 MB; includes 96 PNG files, approximately 250 KB each, and 1 TXT file)
  • All Report Data (Excel file: 13 MB): This file contains the data presented in the report's tables and maps. It includes data for all U.S. counties and states, the Appalachian Region, and the five Appalachian subregions.

The overall objective of the Journal of Appalachian Health (JAH) is to improve the health status of the population of Appalachia through the rapid dissemination of knowledge of their health problems and evidence-based solutions to them. JAH will provide actionable knowledge through an online, open access, easily accessible peer-reviewed process focused specifically on Appalachia. JAH is available without charge to authors or readers, including those in the region who can and will use it in their work, whether in a healthcare or a non-healthcare field that has the potential for modification of factors that contribute to poor health.

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Current Issue: Volume 2, Issue 3 (2020)


Research Articles


Geographic Variation in the Structure of Kentucky’s Population Health Systems: An Urban, Rural, and Appalachian Comparison
Rachel Hogg-Graham, Angela Carman, Glen P. Mays, and Pierre Martin Dominique Zephyr


Parental Impact on Child Physical Activity and Sedentary Time in Appalachian North Carolina
Allison V. Farrell, Richard W. Christiana, Rebecca A. Battista, and J. Joy James


Consumption of Added Sugars by Rural Residents of Southwest Virginia
Maryam Yuhas, Valisa Hedrick, and Jamie Zoellner

Review and Special Articles


Preface: Experiencing Cancer in Appalachian Kentucky
Michele Ellison and Robin C. Vanderpool


Experiencing Cancer in Appalachian Kentucky
Melanie McComsey, David Ahern, Robin C. Vanderpool, Timothy W. Mullett, Ming-Yuan Chih, Meghan Johnson, Michele Ellison, Karen Onyeije, Bradford W. Hesse, and Eliah Aronoff-Spencer

Voices from the Hollow


The Health Wagon Partners with the Virginia Department of Health to Provide COVID-19 Testing in Rural Southwest Virginia
Tauna Gulley, Teresa Tyson, Ethan Collins, Rachel Helton, Paula Hill-Collins, Nicole France, and Sarah Hubbard