Echoing similar sentiments of Ohio residents, over half the people who left Kentucky last year did so for a new job in another state. While it’s true the Kentucky job market has seen an incline in the last decade, it’s been making slow progress and, most recently, has flatlined. Additionally, Kentucky’s economy has still not fully recovered from the Great Recession of 2007 – 2009. Two other major factors for resident exodus were retirement and wanting to be closer to family. The biggest age group leaving the state were those 65 and older. Before you get the wrong idea about Kentucky, remember things are not as dismal as they appear. This state is still home to one of the most famous horse racing tracks in the nation, the best bourbon in the country, and some of the friendliest residents in the U.S.