Letcher County, KY

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2020 Population
21,936
1.61% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
42.6
0.472% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
29.7%
11.8% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$33,181
11% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$54,700
6.66% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Letcher County, KY had a population of 21.9k people with a median age of 42.6 and a median household income of $33,181. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Letcher County, KY declined from 22,295 to 21,936, a −1.61% decrease and its median household income grew from $29,886 to $33,181, a 11% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Letcher County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (97.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.944%), White (Hispanic) (0.392%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.378%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.36%).

None of the households in Letcher County, KY reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.8% of the residents in Letcher County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Letcher County, KY are Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology (12 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Letcher County, KY was $54,700, and the homeownership rate was 73.9%.

Most people in Letcher County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Letcher County, KY was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Letcher County, KY is home to a population of 21.9k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 0.584% of Letcher County, KY residents were born outside of the country (128 people).

In 2020, there were 103 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.3k people) in Letcher County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 207 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 86 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.8%
2020 Citizenship
99.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.8% of Letcher County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Letcher County, KY was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Letcher County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    21.3k ± 82
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    207 ± 64
  3. White (Hispanic)
    86 ± 50
0.862%
Hispanic Population
189 people

In 2020, there were 103 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.3k people) in Letcher County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 207 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 86 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

0.862% of the people in Letcher County, KY are hispanic (189 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

0.584%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
128 people
0.435%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
97 people

As of 2020, 0.584% of Letcher County, KY residents (128 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Letcher County, KY was 0.435%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    359 ± 136
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    142 ± 83
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    71 ± 56

Letcher County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Letcher County, KY employs 7.3k people. The largest industries in Letcher County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,648 people), Educational Services (1,029 people), and Retail Trade (1,017 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,361), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,222), and Utilities ($45,298).

Occupations

7.3k
2020 Value
± 673
3.59%
1 Year growth
± 12.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Letcher County, KY grew at a rate of 3.59%, from 7.05k employees to 7.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Letcher County, KY, are Sales & Related Occupations (916 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (816 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (583 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Letcher County, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

7.3k
2020 Value
± 673
3.59%
1 Year growth
± 12.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Letcher County, KY grew at a rate of 3.59%, from 7.05k employees to 7.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Letcher County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,648 people), Educational Services (1,029 people), and Retail Trade (1,017 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Letcher County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Letcher County, KY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,397
Median earning men ± $5,461
$22,646
Median earning women ± $4,985

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,361), Information ($56,250), and Other Services Except Public Administration ($47,212).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($35,156), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($30,000), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($28,622).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 188
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 97
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 74
    Retail Trade

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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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. $57B
  2. $34.7B
  3. $31.1B

In 2020, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $57B, followed by Electronics ($34.7B) and Machinery ($31.1B).

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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$326B
2020 Value in Kentucky
$644B
Projected 2050 Value in Kentucky
97.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Kentucky trade was $326B. This is expected to increase 97.4% to $644B by 2050.

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. $24.4B
  2. $18.8B
  3. $17.9B

In 2020, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Tennessee with $24.4B, followed by Ohio with $18.8B and California and $17.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Kentucky shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Letcher County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 79.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (19.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.755%).

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.

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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In 2020, universities in Letcher County, KY awarded 12 degrees. The student population of Letcher County, KY in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 0 male students and 31 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Letcher 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 Letcher County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology (12 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Letcher County, KY are General Cosmetology (11 and 91.7%) and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (1 and 8.33%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.764% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.662% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.15M), Some college (792k), and Secondary Education (572k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Letcher County, KY was $54,700 in 2020, which is 0.238 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $58,600 to $54,700, a 6.66% decrease. The homeownership rate in Letcher County, KY is 73.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Letcher County, KY have an average commute time of 26.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Letcher County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Letcher County, KY is $33,181. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Letcher County, KY was Census Tract 9504.01 with a value of $36,527, followed by Census Tract 9503 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $35,774 and $28,466.

Property

$54,700
Median Property Value 2020
±$5,080
$7,096
Median Property Taxes
±$658

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Letcher County, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.9%
Homeownership
2020
67.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 73.9% of the housing units in Letcher County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9504.01
  2. Census Tract 9503
  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Letcher County, KY was Census Tract 9504.01 with a value of $36,527, followed by Census Tract 9503 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $35,774 and $28,466.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Letcher County, KY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$33,181
Median Household Income
± $2,910
9.6k
Number of Households
± 779

In 2020, the median household income of the 9.6k households in Letcher County, KY grew to $33,181 from the previous year's value of $29,886.

The following chart displays the households in Letcher 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Letcher County, KY is from Kentucky.
0.454
2020 Wage GINI in Kentucky
0.456
2019 Wage GINI in Kentucky

In 2020, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.454 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.305% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (78.7%)
  2. Carpooled (9.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.76%)

In 2020, 78.7% of workers in Letcher County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.9%) and those who worked at home (4.76%).

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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Commute Time

26.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Letcher County, KY have a shorter commute time (26.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.95% of the workforce in Letcher County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Letcher County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Letcher County, KY have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

29.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Letcher County, KY (6.39k out of 21.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 55 - 64.

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

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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95.8% of the population of Letcher County, KY has health coverage, with 27.8% on employee plans, 41% on Medicaid, 16.8% on Medicare, 8.93% on non-group plans, and 1.34% 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 Letcher County, KY see 1369 patients per year on average, which represents a 14.2% decrease from the previous year (1596 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2694 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1268 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Kentucky, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,369 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Letcher County, KY

Primary care physicians in Letcher County, KY see an average of 1,369 patients per year. This represents a 14.2% decrease from the previous year (1,596 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Letcher County, KY in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Kentucky across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23% under 18 years, 17% between 18 and 34 years, 41.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

4.22%
Uninsured
27.8%
Employer Coverage
41%
Medicaid
16.8%
Medicare
8.93%
Non-Group
1.34%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Letcher County, KY declined by 12.4% from 4.81% to 4.22%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Letcher County, KY.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 38.6% in Letcher County, KY.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.08% in Letcher County, KY.

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