Laurel County, KY

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Population

59,901

0.0817% decline

Median Age

39.6


Median Household Income

$37,235

3.03% growth

Poverty Rate

24.6%


Number of Employees

22,550

0.362% decline

Median Property Value

$102,000

2.1% growth

About

In 2017, Laurel County, KY had a population of 59.9k people with a median age of 39.6 and a median household income of $37,235. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Laurel County, KY declined from 59,950 to 59,901, a -0.0817% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,139 to $37,235, a 3.03% increase.

The population of Laurel County, KY is 95.9% White Alone, 1.51% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.798% Two or More Races. 1.64% of the people in Laurel County, KY speak a non-English language, and 99.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Laurel County, KY are Tri-State Institute of Hair Design (25 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Laurel County, KY is $102,000, and the homeownership rate is 69.1%. Most people in Laurel County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Laurel County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Laurel County, KY employs 22.6k people. The largest industries in Laurel County, KY are Retail Trade (3,468 people), Manufacturing (3,126 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,906 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,679), Utilities ($48,636), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,705).

Median household income in Laurel County, KY is $37,235. Males in Laurel 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 Laurel County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,235

2017 value

± $1,596

3.03%

1 Year Growth

± 5.47%

Households in Laurel County, KY have a median annual income of $37,235, 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 $36,139 in 2016, which represents a 3.03% 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 Laurel 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 Laurel 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 Laurel 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 9711.01

  2. Census Tract 9704

  3. Census Tract 9701

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Laurel County, KY was Census Tract 9711.01 with a value of $50,671, followed by Census Tract 9704 and Census Tract 9701, with respective values of $48,188 and $45,865.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Laurel 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

24.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Laurel County, KY (14.5k out of 58.9k 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 Females 6 - 11 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

    13,862 ± 823

  2. Native American

    274 ± 187

  3. Black

    207 ± 142

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Laurel County, KY is White, followed by Native American 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

22.6k

2017 Value

± 1,125

-0.362%

1 Year decline

± 6.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Laurel County, KY declined at a rate of -0.362%, from 22.6k employees to 22.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Laurel County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,248 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,192 people), and Production Occupations (2,188 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Laurel County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Laurel County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,248 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,192 people), and Production Occupations (2,188 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Laurel County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Transportation Occupations (2.18 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.67 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.46 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Laurel County, KY, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($61,577), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($59,722), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($56,667).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22.6k

2017 Value

± 1,125

-0.362%

1 Year decline

± 6.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Laurel County, KY declined at a rate of -0.362%, from 22.6k employees to 22.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Laurel County, KY, are Retail Trade (3,468 people), Manufacturing (3,126 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,906 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Laurel County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Laurel 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 Laurel County, KY, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (3,468 people), Manufacturing (3,126 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,906 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Laurel County, KY has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.53 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.52 times), and Manufacturing (1.37 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Laurel County, KY, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,679), Utilities ($48,636), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,705).

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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

91.7% of the population of Laurel County, KY has health coverage, with 35.5% on employee plans, 29.6% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 1.92% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Laurel County, KY see 2226 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.135% increase from the previous year (2223 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2510 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2410 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

2226 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Laurel County, KY see an average of 2226 patients per year. This represents a 0.135% increase from the previous year (2223 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

8.31%

Uninsured

35.5%

Employer Coverage

29.6%

Medicaid

12.6%

Medicare

12%

Non-Group

1.92%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Laurel County, KY declined by 25.5% from 11.2% to 8.31%.

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

Laurel County, KY is home to a population of 59.9k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.881% of Laurel County, KY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Laurel County, KY is composed of 57.5k White Alone residents (95.9%), 907 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.51%), 478 Two or More Races residents (0.798%), 423 Black or African American Alone residents (0.706%), 326 Asian Alone residents (0.544%), 305 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.509%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Laurel County, KY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (420 speakers), Vietnamese (149 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (97 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

54

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 28

In 2017, the median age of all people in Laurel County, KY was 39.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 54. But people in Laurel County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Laurel County, KY residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.881%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.949%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.881% of Laurel 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 Laurel County, KY was 0.949%, 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 Laurel County, KY was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Laurel County, KY residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

99.8%

2017 Citizenship

99.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.8% of Laurel County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Laurel County, KY was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    57.5k ± 27

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    907 ± 181

  3. Two or More Races

    478 ± 157

In 2017, there were 63.4 times more White Alone residents (57.5k people) in Laurel County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 907 Hispanic or Latino and 478 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    420 speakers (0.751%)

  2. Vietnamese

    149 speakers (0.266%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    97 speakers (0.173%)

1.64% of Laurel 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 Laurel County, KY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.751% of the overall population of Laurel County, KY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.266% speak Vietnamese and 0.173% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,463 ± 222

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    430 ± 142

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    426 ± 169

Laurel County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.4 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Laurel County, KY awarded 25 degrees. The student population of Laurel County, KY is skewed towards women, with 20 male students and 21 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Laurel County, KY are White (24 and 96%), followed by Black or African American (1 and 4%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Laurel County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Tri-State Institute of Hair Design (25 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Laurel County, KY are Barbering (25 and 100%).

The median tuition costs in Laurel 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.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 25 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Laurel County, KY was Barbering with 25 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

25 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Laurel County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tri-State Institute of Hair Design with 25 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

14

Degrees Awarded to Men

11

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 14 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Laurel County, KY, which is 1.27 times more than the 11 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

    24 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Laurel County, KY were to White students. These 24 degrees mean that there were 24 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Laurel County, KY was $102,000 in 2017, which is 0.469 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $99,900 to $102,000, a 2.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Laurel County, KY is 69.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Laurel County, KY have an average commute time of 19.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Laurel 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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$37,235

Median Household Income

± $1,596

23k

Number of Households

± 1,057

In 2017, the median household income of the 23k households in Laurel County, KY grew to $37,235 from the previous year's value of $36,139.

The following chart displays the households in Laurel 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

$102,000

2017 Median

± $4,539

$99,900

2016 Median

± $4,755

In 2017, the median property value in Laurel County, KY grew to to $102,000 from the previous year's value of $99,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Laurel 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 Laurel 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 Laurel County, KY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Laurel County, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.1%

2017 Homeownership

69.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.1% of the housing units in Laurel County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.2%.

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

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Commute Time

19.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Laurel County, KY have a shorter commute time (19.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.27% of the workforce in Laurel County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.2%

  2. Carpooled

    8.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.79%

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

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