Carter County, KY

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2019 Population
27,159
0.48% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
41.6
1.46% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
25.3%
2.3% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$34,736
5.05% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$95,000
7.47% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
8,723
0.525% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Carter County, KY had a population of 27.2k people with a median age of 41.6 and a median household income of $34,736. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Carter County, KY declined from 27,290 to 27,159, a −0.48% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,067 to $34,736, a 5.05% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Carter County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (96.6%), White (Hispanic) (1.33%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.84%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.545%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.46%). 0% of the households in Carter County, KY speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 99.5% of the residents in Carter County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Carter County, KY are Kentucky Christian University (135 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Carter County, KY was $95,000, and the homeownership rate was 77.4%. Most people in Carter County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Carter County, KY was 3 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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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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Start Year
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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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Diversity

Carter County, KY is home to a population of 27.2k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2019, 1.42% of Carter County, KY residents were born outside of the country (386 people).

In 2019, there were 72.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (26.2k people) in Carter County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 360 White (Hispanic) and 228 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Carter County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    26.2k ± 14
  2. White (Hispanic)
    360 ± 196
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    228 ± 148
1.36%
Hispanic Population
369 people

In 2019, there were 72.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (26.2k people) in Carter County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 360 White (Hispanic) and 228 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.36% of the people in Carter County, KY are hispanic (369 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.42%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
386 people
0.297%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
81 people

As of 2019, 1.42% of Carter County, KY residents (386 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Carter County, KY was 0.297%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

42
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
28
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Carter County, KY was 41.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 28. But people in Carter County, KY are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Carter County, KY residents was 41.

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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

99.5%
2019 Citizenship
99.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.5% of Carter County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Carter County, KY was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    434 ± 109
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    184 ± 118
  3. Korea
    112 ± 66

Carter County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.36 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Carter County, KY is $34,736. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Carter County, KY was Census Tract 9604 with a value of $45,156, followed by Census Tract 9606 and Census Tract 9603, with respective values of $44,524 and $44,472.

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 Carter County, KY employs 8.72k people. The largest industries in Carter County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,317 people), Educational Services (1,213 people), and Retail Trade (1,043 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($51,625), Wholesale Trade ($46,875), and Construction ($46,518).

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,736
2019 value
± $2,516
5.05%
1 Year Growth
± 9.99%

Households in Carter County, KY have a median annual income of $34,736, 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 $33,067 in 2018, which represents a 5.05% 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 Carter 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 9604
  2. Census Tract 9606
  3. Census Tract 9603

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Carter County, KY was Census Tract 9604 with a value of $45,156, followed by Census Tract 9606 and Census Tract 9603, with respective values of $44,524 and $44,472.

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

25.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Carter County, KY (6.67k out of 26.3k 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 45 - 54 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
    6,472 ± 572
  2. Two Or More
    137 ± 137
  3. Hispanic
    53 ± 123

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

8.72k
2019 Value
± 678
−0.525%
1 Year decline
± 10.8%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Carter County, KY declined at a rate of −0.525%, from 8.77k employees to 8.72k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Carter County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,199 people), Sales & Related Occupations (802 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (621 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 (1,199 people), Sales & Related Occupations (802 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (621 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 (5.01 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.28 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (2.09 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Carter County, KY, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($62,750), Management Occupations ($57,724), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($55,046).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.72k
2019 Value
± 678
−0.525%
1 Year decline
± 10.8%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Carter County, KY declined at a rate of −0.525%, from 8.77k employees to 8.72k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Carter County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,317 people), Educational Services (1,213 people), and Retail Trade (1,043 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 (1,317 people), Educational Services (1,213 people), and Retail Trade (1,043 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Carter County, KY has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.78 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.61 times), and Educational Services (1.5 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Carter County, KY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($51,625), Wholesale Trade ($46,875), and Construction ($46,518).

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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 Carter County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 73.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (22.1%), followed by Other (4.04%). 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 Carter County, KY
73.8% 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 Carter County, KY awarded 135 degrees. The student population of Carter County, KY is skewed towards men, with 395 male students and 330 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Carter County, KY are White (106 and 82.2%), followed by Unknown (14 and 10.9%), Black or African American (5 and 3.88%), and Two or More Races (2 and 1.55%).

The largest universities in Carter County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Kentucky Christian University (135 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Carter County, KY are Nursing Administration (38 and 28.1%), Biblical Studies (21 and 15.6%), and General Business Administration & Management (14 and 10.4%).

The median tuition costs in Carter County, KY are $19,996 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. 21 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 18 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 14 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Carter County, KY was Biblical Studies with 21 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
135 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$19,996
Median Private

In 2019, the Carter County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kentucky Christian University with 135 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

49
Degrees Awarded to Men
86
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 49 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Carter County, KY, which is 0.57 times less than the 86 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Carter County, KY by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    106 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    14 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    5 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Carter County, KY was White students. These 106 degrees mean that there were 7.57 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 14 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Carter County, KY was $95,000 in 2019, which is 0.395 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $88,400 to $95,000, a 7.47% increase. The homeownership rate in Carter County, KY is 77.4%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Carter County, KY have an average commute time of 30.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Carter County, KY is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$95,000
2019 Median
± $6,748
$88,400
2018 Median
± $6,188

In 2019, the median property value in Carter County, KY grew to to $95,000 from the previous year's value of $88,400.

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 $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$34,736
Median Household Income
± $2,516
9.61k
Number of Households
± 613

In 2019, the median household income of the 9.61k households in Carter County, KY grew to $34,736 from the previous year's value of $33,067.

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 < $10k 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

77.4%
2019 Homeownership
76.9%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 77.4% of the housing units in Carter County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.9%.

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

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Commute Time

30.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Carter County, KY have a longer commute time (30.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 5.33% of the workforce in Carter County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (80.8%)
  2. Carpooled (12.4%)
  3. Walked (3.15%)

In 2019, 80.8% of workers in Carter County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.4%) and those who walked to work (3.15%).

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

3 cars
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 3 cars, followed by 2 cars.

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Health

92% of the population of Carter County, KY has health coverage, with 35.7% on employee plans, 30.5% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 10.4% on non-group plans, and 1.57% 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 Carter County, KY see 4501 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.508% decrease from the previous year (4524 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3828 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 525 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

4,501 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Carter County, KY

Primary care physicians in Carter County, KY see an average of 4,501 patients per year. This represents a 0.508% decrease from the previous year (4,524 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 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

8.04%
Uninsured
35.7%
Employer Coverage
30.5%
Medicaid
13.8%
Medicare
10.4%
Non-Group
1.57%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Carter County, KY grew by 1.21% from 7.94% to 8.04%.

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. 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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