Owsley County, KY

County

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Population
4,463
0.756% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
Median Age
42.5

Poverty Rate
34.7%

Median Household Income
$25,530
12.3% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$71,900
2.71% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
1,245
0.161% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Owsley County, KY had a population of 4.46k people with a median age of 42.5 and a median household income of $25,530. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Owsley County, KY declined from 4,497 to 4,463, a -0.756% decrease and its median household income grew from $22,736 to $25,530, a 12.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Owsley County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (97.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.39%), White (Hispanic) (0.359%), Other (Non-Hispanic) (0.179%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.0896%). 0% of the households in Owsley County, KY speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 100% of the residents in Owsley County, KY are U.S. citizens.

In 2018, the median property value in Owsley County, KY was $71,900, and the homeownership rate was 69.8%. Most people in Owsley County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Owsley County, KY was 3 cars per household.

COVID-19

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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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Kentucky (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Kentucky. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Kentucky.

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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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Owsley County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 83.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (14.6%), followed by Other (1.65%). The most partisan county was Leslie County, KY with 89.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Owsley County, KY
83.8% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Kentucky
  1. 89.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 88.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Kentucky was Leslie County, KY with 89.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Kentucky colored by their party leaning.

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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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Diversity

Owsley County, KY is home to a population of 4.46k people, from which 100% are citizens. As of 2018, 0.179% of Owsley County, KY residents were born outside of the country (8 people).

In 2018, there were 70.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.37k people) in Owsley County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 62 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 16 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Owsley County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    4.37k ± 75
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    62 ± 71
  3. White (Hispanic)
    16 ± 18
0.359%
Hispanic Population
16 people

In 2018, there were 70.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.37k people) in Owsley County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 62 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 16 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

0.359% of the people in Owsley County, KY are hispanic (16 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.179%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
8 people
0.111%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
5 people

As of 2018, 0.179% of Owsley County, KY residents (8 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Owsley County, KY was 0.111%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

N/A
Median Native-Born Age
± N/A
N/A
Median Foreign-Born Age
± N/A

In 2018, the median age of all people in Owsley County, KY was 42.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of N/A, were generally N/A than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of N/A. But people in Owsley County, KY are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Owsley County, KY residents was 42.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    31,769 ± 4,360 people
  2. India
    12,409 ± 2,731 people
  3. Cuba
    11,319 ± 2,609 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 31,769 Kentucky residents, followed by India with 12,409 and Cuba with 11,319.

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Citizenship

100%
2018 Citizenship
100%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 100% of Owsley County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Owsley County, KY was 100%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been maintaining.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    45 ± 39
  2. Vietnam
    45 ± 44
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    23 ± 23

Owsley County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Owsley County, KY is $25,530. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Owsley County, KY was Census Tract 9301 with a value of $32,708, followed by Census Tract 9302 and N/A, with respective values of $19,659 and N/A.

Males in Kentucky have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,437. The income inequality in Kentucky (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Owsley County, KY employs 1.25k people. The largest industries in Owsley County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (245 people), Public Administration (177 people), and Educational Services (154 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($76,179), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($75,500), and Construction ($51,012).

Wages

Median Household Income

$25,530
2018 value
± $9,201
12.3%
1 Year Growth
± 39.3%

Households in Owsley County, KY have a median annual income of $25,530, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $22,736 in 2017, which represents a 12.3% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,994
Average Male Salary in Kentucky
± $1,633
$44,437
Average Female Salary in Kentucky
± $1,156

In 2019, full-time male employees in Kentucky made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Kentucky 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 in Kentucky
  1. Asian
    $58,983 ± $10,861
  2. White
    $46,691 ± $986
  3. American Indian
    $38,377 ± $15,879

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kentucky workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.26 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Kentucky.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Owsley County, KY is from Kentucky.
0.456
2019 Wage GINI in Kentucky
0.456
2018 Wage GINI in Kentucky

In 2019, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.114% decline from 2018 to 2019, 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.

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 9301
  2. Census Tract 9302
  3. N/A

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Owsley County, KY was Census Tract 9301 with a value of $32,708, followed by Census Tract 9302 and N/A, with respective values of $19,659 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

34.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Owsley County, KY (1.52k out of 4.37k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 45 - 54.

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
    1,492 ± 204
  2. Hispanic
    16 ± 58
  3. Black
    11 ± 58

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

1.25k
2018 Value
± 200
0.161%
1 Year growth
± 22.3%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Owsley County, KY grew at a rate of 0.161%, from 1.24k employees to 1.25k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Owsley County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (187 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (141 people), and Management Occupations (140 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Owsley County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Owsley County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (187 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (141 people), and Management Occupations (140 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Owsley County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (5.58 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (3.01 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.25 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Owsley County, KY, by median earnings, are Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($76,364), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,400), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($55,521).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.25k
2018 Value
± 200
0.161%
1 Year growth
± 22.3%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Owsley County, KY grew at a rate of 0.161%, from 1.24k employees to 1.25k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Owsley County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (245 people), Public Administration (177 people), and Educational Services (154 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Owsley County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Owsley 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 Owsley County, KY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (245 people), Public Administration (177 people), and Educational Services (154 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Owsley County, KY has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (6.75 times higher than expected), Utilities (5.75 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.6 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Owsley County, KY, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($76,179), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($75,500), and Construction ($51,012).

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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. $85.2B
  2. $36.6B
  3. $29.3B

In 2018, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $85.2B, followed by Electronics ($36.6B) and Machinery ($29.3B).

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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$373B
2018 Value in Kentucky
$703B
Projected 2045 Value in Kentucky
88.6% growth

In 2018, total outbound Kentucky trade was $373B. This is expected to increase 88.6% to $703B 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. $27.8B
  2. $22.6B
  3. $21.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $27.8B, followed by Indiana with $22.6B and California and $21.2B.

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

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Owsley County, KY was $71,900 in 2018, which is 0.313 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $70,000 to $71,900, a 2.71% increase. The homeownership rate in Owsley County, KY is 69.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Owsley County, KY have an average commute time of 24.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Owsley County, KY is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$71,900
2018 Median
± $8,639
$70,000
2017 Median
± $17,050

In 2018, the median property value in Owsley County, KY grew to to $71,900 from the previous year's value of $70,000.

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

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Household Income

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$25,530
Median Household Income
± $9,201
1.66k
Number of Households
± 208

In 2018, the median household income of the 1.66k households in Owsley County, KY grew to $25,530 from the previous year's value of $22,736.

The following chart displays the households in Owsley 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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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69.8%
2018 Homeownership
73.8%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 69.8% of the housing units in Owsley County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.8%.

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

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Commute Time

24.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Owsley County, KY have a shorter commute time (24.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 3.51% of the workforce in Owsley County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (81.7%)
  2. Carpooled (11%)
  3. Other (4.03%)

In 2018, 81.7% of workers in Owsley County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11%) and those who used some unspecified means to get work (4.03%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

3 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

97.8% of the population of Owsley County, KY has health coverage, with 23.4% on employee plans, 53% on Medicaid, 14% on Medicare, 5.84% on non-group plans, and 1.55% 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).

Comparing across all counties in the state, Knott County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21%). Additionally, Owsley County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.7%)

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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,004
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Kentucky
$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

2.24%
Uninsured
23.4%
Employer Coverage
53%
Medicaid
14%
Medicare
5.84%
Non-Group
1.55%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Owsley County, KY declined by 68.7% from 7.15% to 2.24%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Owsley 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. 21% prevalence
  2. 20.3% prevalence
  3. 20.2% prevalence

Knott County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky, at 21%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky by county over multiple years.

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