LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – At the precipice of the holiday weekend, it is a season of giving and reflection.

Hunger, homelessness, and poverty are just a number of maladies that affect every nation. The U.S. is certainly not immune to these hardships.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the economies of Kentucky and the U.S., some state and city economies have been hit harder than others.

According to Wallet Hub’s assessment of the neediest cities in 2021, 11.4% of the U.S. population found themselves living in poverty in 2020. 38 million people also found themselves experiencing a shortage of food.

Kentucky, primarily the cities of Lexington and Louisville, have fared in the middle of the pack.

Lexington ranks as the 144th overall neediest city of the 182 ranked. Overall, Lexington ranked 130th in economic well-being and 149th in health and safety. Meanwhile, Louisville finds itself ranked as the 114th overall neediest city with corresponding ranks of 110th in economic well-being and 90th in health and safety.

As a whole, neither of the cities found themselves ranked on the highest or lowest poverty rates (adults and children), homelessness rates, uninsured rates, or food insecurity rates; as well as the highest/lowest percentages of inadequate kitchens and plumbing.

Source: WalletHub

Wallet Hub ran this report with the hope to inspire more goodwill toward the less fortunate. Wallet Hub has done an analysis on the best charities to donate to as charitable giving is expected to increase in both 2021 and 2022.