Carter County, KY

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Population

27,385

0.341% growth

Median Age

41.1


Median Household Income

$35,095

6.08% decline

Poverty Rate

21.5%


Median Property Value

$83,300

2.84% growth

About

In 2017, Carter County, KY had a population of 27.4k people with a median age of 41.1 and a median household income of $35,095. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Carter County, KY grew from 27,292 to 27,385, a 0.341% increase and its median household income declined from $37,367 to $35,095, a -6.08% decrease.

The population of Carter County, KY is 96.8% White Alone, 0.898% Two or More Races, and 0.851% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Carter County, KY speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Carter County, KY are Kentucky Christian University (221 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Carter County, KY is $83,300, and the homeownership rate is 77.6%. Most people in Carter County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Carter County, KY is N/A per household.

Economy

The economy of Carter County, KY employs N/A people. The largest industries in Carter County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,473 people), Retail Trade (1,390 people), and Educational Services (1,365 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($52,500), Construction ($48,854), and Wholesale Trade ($42,663).

Median household income in Carter County, KY is $35,095. Males in Carter 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 Carter County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,095

2017 value

± $2,851

-6.08%

1 Year Growth

± 11.5%

Households in Carter County, KY have a median annual income of $35,095, 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 $37,367 in 2016, which represents a -6.08% 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 Carter 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 9604

  2. Census Tract 9607

  3. Census Tract 9602

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Carter County, KY was Census Tract 9604 with a value of $44,583, followed by Census Tract 9607 and Census Tract 9602, with respective values of $41,173 and $38,009.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Carter 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

21.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Carter County, KY (5.71k out of 26.6k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Males 55 - 64.

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

    5,520 ± 492

  2. Two Or More

    78 ± 109

  3. Black

    70 ± 108

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Carter County, KY is White, followed by Two Or More 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

N/A

N/A Value

± N/A

N/A%

1 Year growth

± N/A%

From N/A to N/A, employment in Carter County, KY stayed at a rate of N/A%, from N/A employees to N/A employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Carter County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,497 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,040 people), and Production Occupations (686 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Carter County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Carter County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,497 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,040 people), and Production Occupations (686 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Carter County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.35 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.32 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.75 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Carter County, KY, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($81,250), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,469), and Management Occupations ($56,806).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

N/A

N/A Value

± N/A

N/A%

1 Year growth

± N/A%

From N/A to N/A, employment in Carter County, KY stayed at a rate of N/A%, from N/A employees to N/A employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Carter County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,473 people), Retail Trade (1,390 people), and Educational Services (1,365 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Carter County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Carter 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 Carter County, KY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,473 people), Retail Trade (1,390 people), and Educational Services (1,365 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Carter County, KY has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.72 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.54 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.39 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Carter County, KY, by median earnings, are Information ($52,500), Construction ($48,854), and Wholesale Trade ($42,663).

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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

90.1% of the population of Carter County, KY has health coverage, with 37.4% on employee plans, 28% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 10.1% on non-group plans, and 1.44% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Carter County, KY see 5432 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.239% decrease from the previous year (5445 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3381 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 660 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

5,432 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Carter County, KY see an average of 5,432 patients per year. This represents a 0.239% decrease from the previous year (5,445 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Carter 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%).

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%).

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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

9.89%

Uninsured

37.4%

Employer Coverage

28%

Medicaid

13.3%

Medicare

10.1%

Non-Group

1.44%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Carter County, KY declined by 21.8% from 12.6% to 9.89%.

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

Carter County, KY is home to a population of 27.4k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.511% of Carter County, KY residents were born outside of the country (140 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Carter County, KY is composed of 26.5k White Alone residents (96.8%), 246 Two or More Races residents (0.898%), 233 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.851%), 231 Black or African American Alone residents (0.844%), 113 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.413%), 33 Asian Alone residents (0.121%), 14 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0511%), and 3 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.011%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

28

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Carter County, KY was 41.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 28. But people in Carter County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Carter County, KY residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.511%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

140 people

0.55%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

150 people

As of 2017, 0.511% of Carter County, KY residents (140 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 Carter County, KY was 0.55%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

99.6%

2017 Citizenship

99.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.6% of Carter County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Carter County, KY was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    26.5k ± 17

  2. Two or More Races

    246 ± 147

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    233 ± 160

In 2017, there were 108 times more White Alone residents (26.5k people) in Carter County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 246 Two or More Races and 233 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 Carter 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 Carter 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 Carter County, KY was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Carter 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

    547 ± 103

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    128 ± 65

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    116 ± 66

Carter County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Carter County, KY awarded 221 degrees. The student population of Carter County, KY is skewed towards women, with 272 male students and 284 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Carter County, KY are White (162 and 73.3%), followed by Unknown (43 and 19.5%), Black or African American (8 and 3.62%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (6 and 2.71%).

The largest universities in Carter County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Kentucky Christian University (221 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Carter County, KY are Biblical Studies (100 and 45.2%), Nursing Administration (19 and 8.6%), and General Business Administration & Management (19 and 8.6%).

The median tuition costs in Carter County, KY are $18,150 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. 97 degrees awarded

  2. 19 degrees awarded

  3. 19 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Carter County, KY was Biblical Studies with 97 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

221 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$18,150

Median Private

In 2016, the Carter County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kentucky Christian University with 221 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

111

Degrees Awarded to Men

110

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 111 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Carter County, KY, which is 1.01 times more than the 110 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

    162 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    43 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    8 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Carter County, KY were to White students. These 162 degrees mean that there were 3.77 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 43 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Carter County, KY was $83,300 in 2017, which is 0.383 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $81,000 to $83,300, a 2.84% increase. The homeownership rate in Carter County, KY is 77.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Carter County, KY have an average commute time of 29.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Carter County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of N/A per household.

Income

Household Income

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$35,095

Median Household Income

± $2,851

10.5k

Number of Households

± 679

In 2017, the median household income of the 10.5k households in Carter County, KY declined from $35,095 from the previous year's value of $37,367.

The following chart displays the households in Carter 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$83,300

2017 Median

± $4,397

$81,000

2016 Median

± $4,778

In 2017, the median property value in Carter County, KY grew to to $83,300 from the previous year's value of $81,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Carter 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 Carter County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

77.6%

2017 Homeownership

77.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.6% of the housing units in Carter County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 77.1%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

N/A

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Carter County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Carter County, KY have N/A, followed by N/A.

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Commute Time

29.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Carter County, KY have a longer commute time (29.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.63% of the workforce in Carter County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.6%

  2. Carpooled

    12.6%

  3. Walked

    4.21%

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

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