Metcalfe County, KY

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Population

9,990

0.0701% growth

Median Age

43.1


Median Household Income

$35,594

5.35% growth

Poverty Rate

23.1%


Number of Employees

3,875

2.19% growth

Median Property Value

$75,200

3.09% decline

About

In 2017, Metcalfe County, KY had a population of 9.99k people with a median age of 43.1 and a median household income of $35,594. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Metcalfe County, KY grew from 9,983 to 9,990, a 0.0701% increase and its median household income grew from $33,788 to $35,594, a 5.35% increase.

The population of Metcalfe County, KY is 95.1% White Alone, 2% Two or More Races, and 1.48% Hispanic or Latino. 1.06% of the people in Metcalfe County, KY speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Metcalfe County, KY is $75,200, and the homeownership rate is 76.3%. Most people in Metcalfe County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Metcalfe County, KY is 3 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Metcalfe County, KY employs 3.88k people. The largest industries in Metcalfe County, KY are Manufacturing (1,096 people), Retail Trade (523 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (375 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($45,972), Educational Services ($41,000), and Wholesale Trade ($38,272).

Median household income in Metcalfe County, KY is $35,594. Males in Metcalfe 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 Metcalfe County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,594

2017 value

± $4,852

5.35%

1 Year Growth

± 20.2%

Households in Metcalfe County, KY have a median annual income of $35,594, 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 $33,788 in 2016, which represents a 5.35% 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 Metcalfe 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 Metcalfe 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 Metcalfe 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 9602

  2. Census Tract 9601

  3. Census Tract 9603

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Metcalfe County, KY was Census Tract 9602 with a value of $39,219, followed by Census Tract 9601 and Census Tract 9603, with respective values of $36,413 and $30,479.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Metcalfe County, KY (2.28k out of 9.87k 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 55 - 64, followed by Males 45 - 54 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    2,148 ± 253

  2. Two Or More

    89 ± 104

  3. Hispanic

    53 ± 96

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Metcalfe 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

3.88k

2017 Value

± 355

2.19%

1 Year growth

± 12.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Metcalfe County, KY grew at a rate of 2.19%, from 3.79k employees to 3.88k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Metcalfe County, KY, are Production Occupations (630 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (576 people), and Management Occupations (244 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Metcalfe County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Metcalfe County, KY, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (630 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (576 people), and Management Occupations (244 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Metcalfe County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.7 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.8 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.83 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Metcalfe County, KY, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($55,663), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($51,053), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations ($48,958).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.88k

2017 Value

± 355

2.19%

1 Year growth

± 12.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Metcalfe County, KY grew at a rate of 2.19%, from 3.79k employees to 3.88k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Metcalfe County, KY, are Manufacturing (1,096 people), Retail Trade (523 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (375 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Metcalfe County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Metcalfe 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 Metcalfe County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,096 people), Retail Trade (523 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (375 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Metcalfe County, KY has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.86 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.79 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Metcalfe County, KY, by median earnings, are Information ($45,972), Educational Services ($41,000), and Wholesale Trade ($38,272).

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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

90.1% of the population of Metcalfe County, KY has health coverage, with 36.6% on employee plans, 28.7% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 10.7% on non-group plans, and 0.576% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Metcalfe County, KY see 9909 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.811% decrease from the previous year (9990 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5009 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1113 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

9,909 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Metcalfe County, KY see an average of 9,909 patients per year. This represents a 0.811% decrease from the previous year (9,990 patients).

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

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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

9.91%

Uninsured

36.6%

Employer Coverage

28.7%

Medicaid

13.5%

Medicare

10.7%

Non-Group

0.576%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Metcalfe County, KY declined by 33.9% from 15% to 9.91%.

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

Metcalfe County, KY is home to a population of 9.99k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.28% of Metcalfe County, KY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Metcalfe County, KY is composed of 9.51k White Alone residents (95.1%), 200 Two or More Races residents (2%), 148 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.48%), 71 Black or African American Alone residents (0.711%), 49 Asian Alone residents (0.49%), 17 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.17%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Metcalfe County, KY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (41 speakers), German (33 speakers), and Chinese (10 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 22.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Metcalfe County, KY was 43.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Metcalfe County, KY are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Metcalfe County, KY residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.28%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.992%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.28% of Metcalfe 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 Metcalfe County, KY was 0.992%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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 Metcalfe County, KY was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Metcalfe County, KY residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

99.7%

2017 Citizenship

99.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.7% of Metcalfe County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Metcalfe County, KY was 99.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    9.51k ± 16

  2. Two or More Races

    200 ± 88.5

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    148 ± 87.3

In 2017, there were 47.5 times more White Alone residents (9.51k people) in Metcalfe County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 200 Two or More Races and 148 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 Metcalfe County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    41 speakers (0.439%)

  2. German

    33 speakers (0.353%)

  3. Chinese

    10 speakers (0.107%)

1.06% of Metcalfe 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 Metcalfe County, KY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.439% of the overall population of Metcalfe County, KY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.353% speak German and 0.107% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    226 ± 82

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    119 ± 68

  3. Korea

    88 ± 49

Metcalfe County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.9 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Metcalfe County, KY was $75,200 in 2017, which is 0.346 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $77,600 to $75,200, a 3.09% decrease. The homeownership rate in Metcalfe County, KY is 76.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Metcalfe County, KY have an average commute time of 23.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Metcalfe County, KY is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$35,594

Median Household Income

± $4,852

3.94k

Number of Households

± 366

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.94k households in Metcalfe County, KY grew to $35,594 from the previous year's value of $33,788.

The following chart displays the households in Metcalfe 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

$75,200

2017 Median

± $4,119

$77,600

2016 Median

± $5,452

In 2017, the median property value in Metcalfe County, KY declined from to $75,200 from the previous year's value of $77,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Metcalfe 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 Metcalfe County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

76.3%

2017 Homeownership

77.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76.3% of the housing units in Metcalfe County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 77.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Metcalfe County, KY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

3 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Metcalfe County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Metcalfe County, KY have 3 cars, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

23.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Metcalfe County, KY have a shorter commute time (23.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.22% of the workforce in Metcalfe County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.3%

  2. Carpooled

    10.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.77%

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

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