Barren County, KY

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2019 Population
43,884
0.467% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
40.5
0.496% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
24.2%
1.25% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$41,459
3.09% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$125,400
7.64% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
18,598
0.129% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Barren County, KY had a population of 43.9k people with a median age of 40.5 and a median household income of $41,459. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Barren County, KY grew from 43,680 to 43,884, a 0.467% increase and its median household income grew from $40,216 to $41,459, a 3.09% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Barren County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.47%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.46%), White (Hispanic) (2.39%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.438%). 0% of the households in Barren County, KY speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

98.5% of the residents in Barren County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Barren County, KY are PJ's College of Cosmetology-Glasgow (20 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Barren County, KY was $125,400, and the homeownership rate was 66.7%. Most people in Barren County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Barren County, KY was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Barren County, KY is home to a population of 43.9k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2019, 1.94% of Barren County, KY residents were born outside of the country (851 people).

In 2019, there were 26.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.7k people) in Barren County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.52k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.08k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Barren County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    39.7k ± 24
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.52k ± 161
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.08k ± 204
3.22%
Hispanic Population
1.42k people

In 2019, there were 26.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.7k people) in Barren County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.52k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.08k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.22% of the people in Barren County, KY are hispanic (1.42k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Barren County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.94%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
851 people
1.74%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
761 people

As of 2019, 1.94% of Barren County, KY residents (851 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Barren County, KY was 1.74%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

41
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
39
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 12.3

In 2019, the median age of all people in Barren County, KY was 40.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Barren County, KY are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Barren County, KY residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    31,769 ± 4,360 people
  2. India
    12,409 ± 2,731 people
  3. Cuba
    11,319 ± 2,609 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 31,769 Kentucky residents, followed by India with 12,409 and Cuba with 11,319.

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Citizenship

98.5%
2019 Citizenship
98.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.5% of Barren County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Barren County, KY was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    838 ± 121
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    378 ± 156
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    294 ± 114

Barren County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Kentucky, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Kentucky (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Kentucky. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Kentucky.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Kentucky across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Barren County, KY is $41,459. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Barren County, KY was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $54,405, followed by Census Tract 9509 and Census Tract 9507, with respective values of $53,682 and $52,115.

Males in Kentucky have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,437. The income inequality in Kentucky (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Barren County, KY employs 18.6k people. The largest industries in Barren County, KY are Manufacturing (4,430 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,305 people), and Retail Trade (2,187 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($49,682), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,977), and Information ($43,310).

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,459
2019 value
± $1,893
3.09%
1 Year Growth
± 5.73%

Households in Barren County, KY have a median annual income of $41,459, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,216 in 2018, which represents a 3.09% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,994
Average Male Salary in Kentucky
± $1,633
$44,437
Average Female Salary in Kentucky
± $1,156

In 2019, full-time male employees in Kentucky made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Kentucky by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Kentucky
  1. Asian
    $58,983 ± $10,861
  2. White
    $46,691 ± $986
  3. American Indian
    $38,377 ± $15,879

In 2019 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 in Kentucky.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Barren County, KY is from Kentucky.
0.456
2019 Wage GINI in Kentucky
0.456
2018 Wage GINI in Kentucky

In 2019, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.114% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Kentucky was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 9501
  2. Census Tract 9509
  3. Census Tract 9507

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Barren County, KY was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $54,405, followed by Census Tract 9509 and Census Tract 9507, with respective values of $53,682 and $52,115.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Barren 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

24.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Barren County, KY (10.4k out of 42.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

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
    9,416 ± 704
  2. Hispanic
    632 ± 214
  3. Black
    518 ± 199

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Barren 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

18.6k
2019 Value
± 935
−0.129%
1 Year decline
± 7.09%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Barren County, KY declined at a rate of −0.129%, from 18.6k employees to 18.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Barren County, KY, are Production Occupations (2,559 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,893 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,853 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Barren County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Barren County, KY, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,559 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,893 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,853 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Barren County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.75 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.43 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.81 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Barren County, KY, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($62,679), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($61,250), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($59,913).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.6k
2019 Value
± 935
−0.129%
1 Year decline
± 7.09%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Barren County, KY declined at a rate of −0.129%, from 18.6k employees to 18.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Barren County, KY, are Manufacturing (4,430 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,305 people), and Retail Trade (2,187 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Barren County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Barren 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 Barren County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,430 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,305 people), and Retail Trade (2,187 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Barren County, KY has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.07 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.38 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Barren County, KY, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($49,682), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,977), and Information ($43,310).

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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. $85.2B
  2. $36.6B
  3. $29.3B

In 2018, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $85.2B, followed by Electronics ($36.6B) and Machinery ($29.3B).

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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$373B
2018 Value in Kentucky
$703B
Projected 2045 Value in Kentucky
88.6% growth

In 2018, total outbound Kentucky trade was $373B. This is expected to increase 88.6% to $703B 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. $27.8B
  2. $22.6B
  3. $21.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $27.8B, followed by Indiana with $22.6B and California and $21.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Barren County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 72.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (23.1%), followed by Other (3.95%). The most partisan county was Leslie County, KY with 89.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing the state of Kentucky. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Barren County, KY
72.9% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Kentucky
  1. 89.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 88.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Kentucky was Leslie County, KY with 89.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Kentucky colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Kentucky

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Mitch McConnell
Senator from Kentucky2
Assumed office on January 3, 1985
Rand Paul
Senator from Kentucky3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing Kentucky.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Kentucky over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Kentucky

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Kentucky have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Barren County, KY awarded 20 degrees. The student population of Barren County, KY is skewed towards women, with 5 male students and 51 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Barren County, KY are White (20 and 100%), followed by Asian (0 and 0%), Black or African American (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Barren County, KY by number of degrees awarded are PJ's College of Cosmetology-Glasgow (20 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Barren County, KY are General Cosmetology (16 and 80%), Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (2 and 10%), and Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (1 and 5%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 16 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 2 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Barren County, KY was Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist with 1 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Barren County, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
20 degrees awarded

In 2019, the Barren County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was PJ's College of Cosmetology-Glasgow with 20 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

0
Degrees Awarded to Men
20
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Barren County, KY, which is 0 times less than the 20 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
    20 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    0 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    0 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Barren County, KY was White students. These 20 degrees mean that there were Infinityk times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 0 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Barren County, KY was $125,400 in 2019, which is 0.521 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $116,500 to $125,400, a 7.64% increase. The homeownership rate in Barren County, KY is 66.7%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Barren County, KY have an average commute time of 20.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Barren County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$125,400
2019 Median
± $5,755
$116,500
2018 Median
± $5,828

In 2019, the median property value in Barren County, KY grew to to $125,400 from the previous year's value of $116,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Barren 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 Barren County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$41,459
Median Household Income
± $1,893
16.9k
Number of Households
± 860

In 2019, the median household income of the 16.9k households in Barren County, KY grew to $41,459 from the previous year's value of $40,216.

The following chart displays the households in Barren 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

66.7%
2019 Homeownership
66.8%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 66.7% of the housing units in Barren County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Barren County, KY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Barren County, KY have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.06% of the workforce in Barren County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (82.3%)
  2. Carpooled (10.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.51%)

In 2019, 82.3% of workers in Barren County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.4%) and those who worked at home (4.51%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

93.3% of the population of Barren County, KY has health coverage, with 38.9% on employee plans, 29% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 11.4% on non-group plans, and 1% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Barren County, KY see 1299 patients per year on average, which represents a 12.7% increase from the previous year (1153 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2766 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 641 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Knott County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21%). Additionally, Owsley County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,299 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Barren County, KY

Primary care physicians in Barren County, KY see an average of 1,299 patients per year. This represents a 12.7% increase from the previous year (1,153 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,004
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Kentucky
$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

6.71%
Uninsured
38.9%
Employer Coverage
29%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
11.4%
Non-Group
1%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Barren County, KY declined by 15.2% from 7.91% to 6.71%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Barren 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. 21% prevalence
  2. 20.3% prevalence
  3. 20.2% prevalence

Knott County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky, at 21%.

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

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