Breathitt County, KY

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Population

13,276

1.48% decline

Median Age

41.2


Median Household Income

$25,861

1.48% growth

Poverty Rate

36%


Number of Employees

4,012

2.6% decline

Median Property Value

$50,000

0.806% growth

About

In 2017, Breathitt County, KY had a population of 13.3k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $25,861. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Breathitt County, KY declined from 13,476 to 13,276, a -1.48% decrease and its median household income grew from $25,484 to $25,861, a 1.48% increase.

The population of Breathitt County, KY is 97% White Alone, 1% Black or African American Alone, and 0.926% Hispanic or Latino. 1.22% of the people in Breathitt County, KY speak a non-English language, and 99.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Breathitt County, KY are Kentucky Mountain Bible College (14 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Breathitt County, KY is $50,000, and the homeownership rate is 73.1%. Most people in Breathitt County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Breathitt County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Breathitt County, KY employs 4.01k people. The largest industries in Breathitt County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (851 people), Retail Trade (473 people), and Educational Services (439 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($53,929), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($41,548), and Construction ($36,474).

Median household income in Breathitt County, KY is $25,861. Males in Breathitt 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 Breathitt County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$25,861

2017 value

± $2,129

1.48%

1 Year Growth

± 11.4%

Households in Breathitt County, KY have a median annual income of $25,861, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $25,484 in 2016, which represents a 1.48% 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 Breathitt County, KY 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 Breathitt County, KY 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 Breathitt 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 9201

  2. Census Tract 9206

  3. Census Tract 9207

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Breathitt County, KY was Census Tract 9201 with a value of $33,295, followed by Census Tract 9206 and Census Tract 9207, with respective values of $30,119 and $27,029.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

36% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Breathitt County, KY (4.68k out of 13k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Males 25 - 34 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

    4,508 ± 291

  2. Black

    93 ± 102

  3. Hispanic

    88 ± 116

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

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

4.01k

2017 Value

± 311

-2.6%

1 Year decline

± 11.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Breathitt County, KY declined at a rate of -2.6%, from 4.12k employees to 4.01k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Breathitt County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (509 people), Sales & Related Occupations (419 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (284 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Breathitt County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Breathitt County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (509 people), Sales & Related Occupations (419 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (284 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Breathitt County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (2.92 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.32 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.58 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Breathitt County, KY, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($61,458), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,063), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($50,481).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.01k

2017 Value

± 311

-2.6%

1 Year decline

± 11.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Breathitt County, KY declined at a rate of -2.6%, from 4.12k employees to 4.01k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Breathitt County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (851 people), Retail Trade (473 people), and Educational Services (439 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Breathitt County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Breathitt 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 Breathitt County, KY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (851 people), Retail Trade (473 people), and Educational Services (439 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Breathitt County, KY has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (6.55 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.26 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Breathitt County, KY, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($53,929), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($41,548), and Construction ($36,474).

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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 with $17.1B and Gasoline and $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

93.1% of the population of Breathitt County, KY has health coverage, with 25.8% on employee plans, 46% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 7.45% on non-group plans, and 1.44% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Breathitt County, KY see 1498 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.6% decrease from the previous year (1676 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4428 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 633 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

1498 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Breathitt County, KY see an average of 1498 patients per year. This represents a 10.6% decrease from the previous year (1676 patients).

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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

6.86%

Uninsured

25.8%

Employer Coverage

46%

Medicaid

12.5%

Medicare

7.45%

Non-Group

1.44%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Breathitt County, KY declined by 34.5% from 10.5% to 6.86%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Breathitt 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

Breathitt County, KY is home to a population of 13.3k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.384% of Breathitt County, KY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Breathitt County, KY is composed of 12.9k White Alone residents (97%), 133 Black or African American Alone residents (1%), 123 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.926%), 83 Two or More Races residents (0.625%), 30 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.226%), 29 Asian Alone residents (0.218%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Breathitt County, KY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (99 speakers), German (14 speakers), and Hindi (12 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 36.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Breathitt County, KY was 41.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Breathitt County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Breathitt County, KY residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.384%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.445%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.384% of Breathitt County, KY residents 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 Breathitt County, KY was 0.445%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Breathitt County, KY was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Breathitt County, KY residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

99.8%

2017 Citizenship

99.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.8% of Breathitt County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Breathitt County, KY was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    12.9k ± 18

  2. Black or African American Alone

    133 ± 56

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    123 ± 94.1

In 2017, there were 96.8 times more White Alone residents (12.9k people) in Breathitt County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 133 Black or African American Alone and 123 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    99 speakers (0.772%)

  2. German

    14 speakers (0.109%)

  3. Hindi

    12 speakers (0.0935%)

1.22% of Breathitt County, KY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Breathitt County, KY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.772% of the overall population of Breathitt County, KY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.109% speak German and 0.0935% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    206 ± 53

  2. Korea

    82 ± 42

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    55 ± 42

Breathitt County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Breathitt County, KY awarded 14 degrees. The student population of Breathitt County, KY is skewed towards men, with 53 male students and 32 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Breathitt County, KY are White (12 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 Breathitt County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Kentucky Mountain Bible College (14 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Breathitt County, KY are Biblical Studies (8 and 57.1%), Elementary Education & Teaching (5 and 35.7%), and Divinity & Ministry (1 and 7.14%).

The median tuition costs in Breathitt County, KY are $6,900 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. 8 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Breathitt County, KY was Biblical Studies with 8 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Breathitt County, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

14 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$6,900

Median Private

In 2016, the Breathitt County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kentucky Mountain Bible College with 14 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5

Degrees Awarded to Men

9

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 5 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Breathitt County, KY, which is 0.556 times less than the 9 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

    12 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    0 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Breathitt County, KY were to White students. These 12 degrees mean that there were N/A times more 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 Breathitt County, KY was $50,000 in 2017, which is 0.23 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $49,600 to $50,000, a 0.806% increase. The homeownership rate in Breathitt County, KY is 73.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Breathitt County, KY have an average commute time of 27.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Breathitt 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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$25,861

Median Household Income

± $2,129

5.34k

Number of Households

± 342

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.34k households in Breathitt County, KY grew to $25,861 from the previous year's value of $25,484.

The following chart displays the households in Breathitt 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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Housing

Property Value

$50,000

2017 Median

± $5,420

$49,600

2016 Median

± $4,101

In 2017, the median property value in Breathitt County, KY grew to to $50,000 from the previous year's value of $49,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Breathitt 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 Breathitt County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.1%

2017 Homeownership

75%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.1% of the housing units in Breathitt County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 75%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Breathitt 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 Breathitt County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Breathitt County, KY have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

27.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Breathitt County, KY have a longer commute time (27.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 6.81% of the workforce in Breathitt County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.3%

  2. Carpooled

    11.3%

  3. Other

    4.71%

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

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