Boone County, KY

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Population

127,682

1.61% growth

Median Age

37.1


Median Household Income

$72,731

5.16% growth

Poverty Rate

7.57%


Number of Employees

64,527

1.21% growth

Median Property Value

$183,700

3.03% growth

About

In 2017, Boone County, KY had a population of 128k people with a median age of 37.1 and a median household income of $72,731. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Boone County, KY grew from 125,656 to 127,682, a 1.61% increase and its median household income grew from $69,165 to $72,731, a 5.16% increase.

The population of Boone County, KY is 88.4% White Alone, 4.07% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.99% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Boone County, KY speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Boone County, KY are Gateway Community and Technical College (1,943 degrees awarded in 2016), Beckfield College-Florence (217 degrees), and Empire Beauty School-Florence (52 degrees).

The median property value in Boone County, KY is $183,700, and the homeownership rate is 73.5%. Most people in Boone County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Boone County, KY is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Boone County, KY employs 64.5k people. The largest industries in Boone County, KY are Manufacturing (8,862 people), Retail Trade (8,321 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (7,925 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($102,109), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,506).

Median household income in Boone County, KY is $72,731. Males in Boone County, KY have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,451. The income inequality in Boone County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$72,731

2017 value

± $2,787

5.16%

1 Year Growth

± 5.49%

Households in Boone County, KY have a median annual income of $72,731, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $69,165 in 2016, which represents a 5.16% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,557

Average Male Salary

± $1,518

$41,451

Average Female Salary

± $1,092

In 2017, full-time male employees in Kentucky made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $55,164 ± $10,370

  2. White

    $43,856 ± $923

  3. American Indian

    $34,557 ± $13,648

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kentucky workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.26 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Boone County, KY is from Kentucky.

0.457

2017 Wage GINI

0.455

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.329% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Kentucky was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kentucky in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Kentucky across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 704.01

  2. Census Tract 703.09

  3. Census Tract 706.05

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Boone County, KY was Census Tract 704.01 with a value of $102,719, followed by Census Tract 703.09 and Census Tract 706.05, with respective values of $101,204 and $97,330.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Boone County, KY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.57% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Boone County, KY (9.57k out of 126k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    7,722 ± 695

  2. Hispanic

    1,149 ± 299

  3. Black

    936 ± 297

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Boone County, KY is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

64.5k

2017 Value

± 1,925

1.21%

1 Year growth

± 4.06%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boone County, KY grew at a rate of 1.21%, from 63.8k employees to 64.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boone County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,658 people), Management Occupations (8,029 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,291 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Boone County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Boone County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,658 people), Management Occupations (8,029 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,291 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Boone County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.3 times higher than expected), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1.27 times), and Management Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Boone County, KY, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($84,196), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($82,969), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($81,105).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

64.5k

2017 Value

± 1,925

1.21%

1 Year growth

± 4.06%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boone County, KY grew at a rate of 1.21%, from 63.8k employees to 64.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boone County, KY, are Manufacturing (8,862 people), Retail Trade (8,321 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (7,925 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Boone County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Boone County, KY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Boone County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (8,862 people), Retail Trade (8,321 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (7,925 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Boone County, KY has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.75 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.53 times), and Manufacturing (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Boone County, KY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($102,109), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,506).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $71.4B

  2. $17.1B

  3. $17.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $71.4B, followed by Base metals ($17.1B) and Gasoline ($17.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Kentucky products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$282B

2015 Value

$398B

Projected 2045 Value

41.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kentucky trade was $282B. This is expected to increase 41.4% to $398B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Kentucky trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.9B

  2. $19.1B

  3. $16.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $22.9B, followed by Indiana with $19.1B and Tennessee and $16.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Kentucky shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.1% of the population of Boone County, KY has health coverage, with 63.5% on employee plans, 10.1% on Medicaid, 9.2% on Medicare, 9.54% on non-group plans, and 1.8% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Boone County, KY was $8,004 in 2014. This is a 6.11% increase from the previous year ($7,543).

Primary care physicians in Boone County, KY see 1502 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.199% decrease from the previous year (1505 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1512 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1108 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Harlan County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18%). Additionally, Leslie County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,502 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Boone County, KY see an average of 1,502 patients per year. This represents a 0.199% decrease from the previous year (1,505 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Boone County, KY in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,004

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,551

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,016

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,368

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kentucky (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.11%, from $7,543 to $8,004.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.88%

Uninsured

63.5%

Employer Coverage

10.1%

Medicaid

9.2%

Medicare

9.54%

Non-Group

1.8%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Boone County, KY declined by 12% from 6.68% to 5.88%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Boone County, KY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18% prevalence

  2. 17.9% prevalence

  3. 17.8% prevalence

Harlan County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky, at 18%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Boone County, KY is home to a population of 128k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.97% of Boone County, KY residents were born outside of the country (6.35k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Boone County, KY is composed of 113k White Alone residents (88.4%), 5.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.07%), 3.82k Black or African American Alone residents (2.99%), 2.95k Asian Alone residents (2.31%), 2.64k Two or More Races residents (2.07%), 124 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0971%), 25 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0196%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Boone County, KY are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Boone County, KY was 37.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Boone County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Boone County, KY residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.97%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.35k people

4.38%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.5k people

As of 2017, 4.97% of Boone County, KY residents (6.35k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Boone County, KY was 4.38%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    32,622 ± 4,418 people

  2. India

    10,932 ± 2,564 people

  3. Cuba

    8,780 ± 2,298 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Kentucky residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

97%

2017 Citizenship

97.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97% of Boone County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Boone County, KY was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    113k ± 27

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5.2k ± 535

  3. Black or African American Alone

    3.82k ± 383

In 2017, there were 21.7 times more White Alone residents (113k people) in Boone County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.2k Hispanic or Latino and 3.82k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Boone County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Boone County, KY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Boone County, KY was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Boone County, KY are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,067 ± 362

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,468 ± 322

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,182 ± 246

Boone County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Boone County, KY awarded 2,212 degrees. The student population of Boone County, KY is skewed towards women, with 2,273 male students and 2,848 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Boone County, KY are White (1,914 and 86.6%), followed by Black or African American (137 and 6.2%), Two or More Races (55 and 2.49%), and Hispanic or Latino (47 and 2.13%).

The largest universities in Boone County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Gateway Community and Technical College (1,943 and 87.8%), Beckfield College-Florence (217 and 9.81%), and Empire Beauty School-Florence (52 and 2.35%).

The most popular majors in Boone County, KY are General Business Administration & Management (206 and 9.31%), Automobile Mechanics Technology (205 and 9.27%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (202 and 9.13%).

The median tuition costs in Boone County, KY are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 160 degrees awarded

  2. 204 degrees awarded

  3. 186 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Boone County, KY was Electrician with 160 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Boone County, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,943 degrees awarded

  2. 217 degrees awarded

  3. 52 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Boone County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Gateway Community and Technical College with 1,943 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,240

Degrees Awarded to Men

972

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,240 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Boone County, KY, which is 1.28 times more than the 972 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,914 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    137 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    55 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Boone County, KY were to White students. These 1,914 degrees mean that there were 14 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 137 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Boone County, KY was $183,700 in 2017, which is 0.844 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $178,300 to $183,700, a 3.03% increase. The homeownership rate in Boone County, KY is 73.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Boone County, KY have an average commute time of 22.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Boone County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$72,731

Median Household Income

± $2,787

46.1k

Number of Households

± 1,526

In 2017, the median household income of the 46.1k households in Boone County, KY grew to $72,731 from the previous year's value of $69,165.

The following chart displays the households in Boone County, KY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$183,700

2017 Median

± $3,085

$178,300

2016 Median

± $3,105

In 2017, the median property value in Boone County, KY grew to to $183,700 from the previous year's value of $178,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Boone County, KY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Boone County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Boone County, KY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Boone County, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.5%

2017 Homeownership

72%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.5% of the housing units in Boone County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Boone County, KY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Boone County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Boone County, KY have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

22.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boone County, KY have a shorter commute time (22.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.64% of the workforce in Boone County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.8%

  2. Carpooled

    8.12%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.36%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Boone County, KY was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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