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Harlan County, KY&

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1.3% decline
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1.8% decline
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2.55% decline
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1.35% growth


The economy of Harlan County, KY employs 7,980 people. The economy of Harlan County, KY is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Utilities; and Educational Services, which employ respectively 17.91; 2.72; and 1.51 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Harlan County, KY are Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,586), Educational Services (1,118), and Retail trade (1,064), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($60,030), Utilities ($33,512), and Transportation & Warehousing ($32,888).

Median household income in Harlan County, KY is $25,350. Males in Harlan County, KY have an average income that is 1.21 times higher than the average income of females, which is $32,149. The income inequality of Harlan County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.445 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Harlan County, KY. In Harlan County, KY the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 50 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $10,833. Perry County, KY has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Kentucky.


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Harlan County, KY is home to a population of 28,031 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Harlan County, KY is composed of 26,717 White residents (95.3%), 667 Black residents (2.38%), 229 Hispanic residents (0.82%), 228 Two+ residents (0.81%), and 115 Asian residents (0.41%). The most common foreign languages in Harlan County, KY are Spanish (212 speakers), Chinese (65 speakers), and German (58 speakers), but compared to other places, Harlan County, KY has a relative high number of Other West Germanic (26 speakers), German (58 speakers), and Thai (9 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Harlan County, KY awarded 1,024 degrees. The student population of Harlan County, KY is skewed towards females, with 511 male students and 513 female students. Most students in Harlan County, KY are White (974 and 95.1%), followed by Black or African American (18 and 1.76%), Two or more races (10 and 0.98%), and Hispanic or Latino (8 and 0.78%). The largest universities in Harlan County, KY by number of graduates are Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (1,024 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Harlan County, KY are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (153 and 14.9%), Clinical Laboratory Technician (53 and 5.18%), and HVAC Maintenance (48 and 4.69%). The median tuition costs in Harlan County, KY are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Harlan County, KY is $52,700, which is 0.26 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $52,000 to $52,700, a 1.35% increase. The homeownership rate of Harlan County, KY is 69.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Harlan County, KY have an average commute time of 20.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Harlan County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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