McCracken County, KY

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Population

65,285

0.0107% decline

Median Age

42.1


Median Household Income

$42,894

1.4% growth

Poverty Rate

17.1%


Number of Employees

28,766

0.67% decline

Median Property Value

$134,100

5.09% growth

About

In 2017, McCracken County, KY had a population of 65.3k people with a median age of 42.1 and a median household income of $42,894. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of McCracken County, KY declined from 65,292 to 65,285, a -0.0107% decrease and its median household income grew from $42,303 to $42,894, a 1.4% increase.

The population of McCracken County, KY is 83.6% White Alone, 11.1% Black or African American Alone, and 2.36% Hispanic or Latino. 3.32% of the people in McCracken County, KY speak a non-English language, and 99.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in McCracken County, KY are West Kentucky Community and Technical College (2,805 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in McCracken County, KY is $134,100, and the homeownership rate is 67%. Most people in McCracken County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.6 minutes. The average car ownership in McCracken County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of McCracken County, KY employs 28.8k people. The largest industries in McCracken County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,126 people), Retail Trade (3,618 people), and Manufacturing (2,685 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,500), Utilities ($72,870), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($62,197).

Median household income in McCracken County, KY is $42,894. Males in McCracken 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 McCracken County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,894

2017 value

± $2,275

1.4%

1 Year Growth

± 7.14%

Households in McCracken County, KY have a median annual income of $42,894, 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 $42,303 in 2016, which represents a 1.4% 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 McCracken County, KY made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in McCracken County, KY 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

  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 McCracken 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 McCracken 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 315

  2. Census Tract 311

  3. Census Tract 316

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in McCracken County, KY was Census Tract 315 with a value of $61,263, followed by Census Tract 311 and Census Tract 316, with respective values of $60,725 and $60,563.

The following map shows all of the tracts in McCracken 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

17.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in McCracken County, KY (10.9k out of 63.7k 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 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    8,023 ± 687

  2. Black

    2,612 ± 342

  3. Hispanic

    183 ± 134

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

28.8k

2017 Value

± 1,203

-0.67%

1 Year decline

± 5.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in McCracken County, KY declined at a rate of -0.67%, from 29k employees to 28.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in McCracken County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,826 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,177 people), and Management Occupations (2,454 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of McCracken County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of McCracken County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,826 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,177 people), and Management Occupations (2,454 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, McCracken County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.69 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.42 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.25 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of McCracken County, KY, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($122,619), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($74,712), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,231).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

28.8k

2017 Value

± 1,203

-0.67%

1 Year decline

± 5.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in McCracken County, KY declined at a rate of -0.67%, from 29k employees to 28.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in McCracken County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,126 people), Retail Trade (3,618 people), and Manufacturing (2,685 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of McCracken County, KY, though some of these residents may live in McCracken 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 McCracken County, KY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,126 people), Retail Trade (3,618 people), and Manufacturing (2,685 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, McCracken County, KY has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.93 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.61 times), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in McCracken County, KY, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,500), Utilities ($72,870), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($62,197).

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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

93.2% of the population of McCracken County, KY has health coverage, with 43.6% on employee plans, 21% on Medicaid, 14.2% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 2.29% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in McCracken County, KY see 1141 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.07% increase from the previous year (1107 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1068 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 686 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

1,141 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in McCracken County, KY see an average of 1,141 patients per year. This represents a 3.07% increase from the previous year (1,107 patients).

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

6.76%

Uninsured

43.6%

Employer Coverage

21%

Medicaid

14.2%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

2.29%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in McCracken County, KY declined by 23.3% from 8.81% to 6.76%.

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

McCracken County, KY is home to a population of 65.3k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.13% of McCracken County, KY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of McCracken County, KY is composed of 54.6k White Alone residents (83.6%), 7.25k Black or African American Alone residents (11.1%), 1.54k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.36%), 1.25k Two or More Races residents (1.91%), 487 Asian Alone residents (0.746%), 158 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.242%), 32 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.049%), and 25 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0383%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in McCracken County, KY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (909 speakers), Korean (267 speakers), and German (163 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 9.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in McCracken County, KY was 42.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in McCracken County, KY are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all McCracken County, KY residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.13%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.34%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.13% of McCracken 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 McCracken County, KY was 2.34%, 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 McCracken County, KY was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 McCracken County, KY residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

99.2%

2017 Citizenship

99%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.2% of McCracken County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in McCracken County, KY was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    54.6k ± 30

  2. Black or African American Alone

    7.25k ± 253

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.54k ± 232

In 2017, there were 7.53 times more White Alone residents (54.6k people) in McCracken County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.25k Black or African American Alone and 1.54k 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 McCracken County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    909 speakers (1.48%)

  2. Korean

    267 speakers (0.434%)

  3. German

    163 speakers (0.265%)

3.32% of McCracken 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 McCracken County, KY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.48% of the overall population of McCracken County, KY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.434% speak Korean and 0.265% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,752 ± 252

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    610 ± 163

  3. Korea

    577 ± 133

McCracken County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.87 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in McCracken County, KY awarded 2,805 degrees. The student population of McCracken County, KY is skewed towards women, with 2,757 male students and 3,308 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in McCracken County, KY are White (2,408 and 86.1%), followed by Black or African American (240 and 8.58%), Hispanic or Latino (62 and 2.22%), and Two or More Races (47 and 1.68%).

The largest universities in McCracken County, KY by number of degrees awarded are West Kentucky Community and Technical College (2,805 and 100%).

The most popular majors in McCracken County, KY are Welding Technology (363 and 12.9%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (303 and 10.8%), and General Business Administration & Management (285 and 10.2%).

The median tuition costs in McCracken 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in McCracken County, KY was Welding Technology with 357 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

2,805 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the McCracken County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was West Kentucky Community and Technical College with 2,805 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,317

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,488

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,317 men were awarded degrees from institutions in McCracken County, KY, which is 0.885 times less than the 1,488 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

    2,408 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    240 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    62 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in McCracken County, KY were to White students. These 2,408 degrees mean that there were 10 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 240 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in McCracken County, KY was $134,100 in 2017, which is 0.616 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $127,600 to $134,100, a 5.09% increase. The homeownership rate in McCracken County, KY is 67%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in McCracken County, KY have an average commute time of 17.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in McCracken 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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$42,894

Median Household Income

± $2,275

27.6k

Number of Households

± 1,137

In 2017, the median household income of the 27.6k households in McCracken County, KY grew to $42,894 from the previous year's value of $42,303.

The following chart displays the households in McCracken 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$134,100

2017 Median

± $5,209

$127,600

2016 Median

± $6,006

In 2017, the median property value in McCracken County, KY grew to to $134,100 from the previous year's value of $127,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in McCracken 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 McCracken County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

67%

2017 Homeownership

66.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67% of the housing units in McCracken County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in McCracken 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 McCracken County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in McCracken County, KY have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

17.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in McCracken County, KY have a shorter commute time (17.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.42% of the workforce in McCracken County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.8%

  2. Carpooled

    6.5%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.19%

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

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