A new study released this week found Kentucky is the No. 2 best state for journalists to live and work.
Despite being the only industry outside of government mentioned in the Bill of Rights, the free press has been under fire in recent years including loss of jobs, decreasing print circulation and increasing anti-media sentiment.
SafeHome.org has released a study on The Best Places for Journalists to Live and Work using the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Zillow and U.S. Free Press Tracker.
The rankings were determined by factoring in the latest statistics and trends in employment opportunities, median salary, cost of a living and safety concerns including attacks on media members.
Click on the link to The Best Places for Journalists to Live and Work shown above to get the entire survey.
Below are Kentucky findings from the study:
- Journalist Employment per 1,000 Jobs: .39%
- Projected Change in Employment by 2026: -6.3%
- Percentage of Journalist Attacks in Last Three Years: 0%
- Annual Median Wage: $36,410
- Median Monthly Rent: $900
Below are national findings from the study:
- 26 journalists have been physically attacked in 2019
- 5 best states for journalists are Oklahoma, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Delaware
- 5 worst states for journalists are Oregon, Maryland, Tennessee, Alabama, and Iowa
- 5 best cities for journalists are D.C., New York, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Louisville.
- 5 worst cities for journalists are: San Jose, Nashville, Riverside, Baltimore and Buffalo.