Perry County, KY

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Population

27,329

1.76% decline

Median Age

41.2


Median Household Income

$31,820

0.766% growth

Poverty Rate

26.2%


Number of Employees

8,819

0.467% growth

Median Property Value

$73,300

0.687% growth

About

In 2017, Perry County, KY had a population of 27.3k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $31,820. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Perry County, KY declined from 27,818 to 27,329, a -1.76% decrease and its median household income grew from $31,578 to $31,820, a 0.766% increase.

The population of Perry County, KY is 95.6% White Alone, 1.57% Black or African American Alone, and 0.973% Hispanic or Latino. 1.23% of the people in Perry County, KY speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Perry County, KY are Hazard Community and Technical College (1,343 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Perry County, KY is $73,300, and the homeownership rate is 73.5%. Most people in Perry County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Perry County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Perry County, KY employs 8.82k people. The largest industries in Perry County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,978 people), Retail Trade (1,176 people), and Educational Services (999 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($105,119), Wholesale Trade ($61,646), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($47,821).

Median household income in Perry County, KY is $31,820. Males in Perry 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 Perry County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$31,820

2017 value

± $3,677

0.766%

1 Year Growth

± 15.3%

Households in Perry County, KY have a median annual income of $31,820, 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 $31,578 in 2016, which represents a 0.766% 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 Perry 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 Perry 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 Perry 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 Perry 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9703

  2. Census Tract 9704

  3. Census Tract 9710

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Perry County, KY was Census Tract 9703 with a value of $43,892, followed by Census Tract 9704 and Census Tract 9710, with respective values of $41,113 and $33,415.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Perry 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

26.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Perry County, KY (6.92k out of 26.4k 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 55 - 64 and then Females 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

    6,839 ± 510

  2. Black

    55 ± 107

  3. Two Or More

    24 ± 108

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

Employment by Occupations

8.82k

2017 Value

± 648

0.467%

1 Year growth

± 10.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Perry County, KY grew at a rate of 0.467%, from 8.78k employees to 8.82k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Perry County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,284 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,016 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (818 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Perry County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Perry County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,284 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,016 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (818 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Perry County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (2.29 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.86 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.66 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Perry County, KY, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,734), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($58,214), and Management Occupations ($47,330).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.82k

2017 Value

± 648

0.467%

1 Year growth

± 10.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Perry County, KY grew at a rate of 0.467%, from 8.78k employees to 8.82k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Perry County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,978 people), Retail Trade (1,176 people), and Educational Services (999 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Perry County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Perry 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 Perry County, KY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,978 people), Retail Trade (1,176 people), and Educational Services (999 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Perry County, KY has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (12.5 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.62 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.39 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Perry County, KY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($105,119), Wholesale Trade ($61,646), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($47,821).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $71.4B

  2. $17.1B

  3. $17.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $71.4B, followed by Base metals with $17.1B and Gasoline and $17.1B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Kentucky products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$282B

2015 Value

$398B

Projected 2045 Value

41.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kentucky trade was $282B. This is expected to increase 41.4% to $398B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Kentucky trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.9B

  2. $19.1B

  3. $16.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $22.9B, followed by Indiana with $19.1B and Tennessee and $16.7B.

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

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Health

91.2% of the population of Perry County, KY has health coverage, with 31.5% on employee plans, 35.1% on Medicaid, 14.5% on Medicare, 7.96% on non-group plans, and 2.13% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Perry County, KY see 889 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.48% increase from the previous year (812 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1367 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 137 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

889 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Perry County, KY see an average of 889 patients per year. This represents a 9.48% increase from the previous year (812 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,004

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,551

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,016

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,368

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kentucky (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.11%, from $7,543 to $8,004.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.82%

Uninsured

31.5%

Employer Coverage

35.1%

Medicaid

14.5%

Medicare

7.96%

Non-Group

2.13%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Perry County, KY declined by 19.1% from 10.9% to 8.82%.

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

Perry County, KY is home to a population of 27.3k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.46% of Perry County, KY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Perry County, KY is composed of 26.1k White Alone residents (95.6%), 429 Black or African American Alone residents (1.57%), 266 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.973%), 237 Asian Alone residents (0.867%), 192 Two or More Races residents (0.703%), 36 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.132%), 34 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.124%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Perry County, KY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (132 speakers), Urdu (98 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (54 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

23

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 21.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Perry County, KY was 41.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 23. But people in Perry County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Perry County, KY residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.46%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.33%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.46% of Perry 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 Perry County, KY was 1.33%, 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 Perry County, KY was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Perry County, KY residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

99.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Perry County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Perry County, KY was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    26.1k ± 21

  2. Black or African American Alone

    429 ± 198

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    266 ± 138

In 2017, there were 60.9 times more White Alone residents (26.1k people) in Perry County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 429 Black or African American Alone and 266 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 Perry County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    132 speakers (0.503%)

  2. Urdu

    98 speakers (0.373%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    54 speakers (0.206%)

1.23% of Perry 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 Perry County, KY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.503% of the overall population of Perry County, KY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.373% speak Urdu and 0.206% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    691 ± 173

  2. Korea

    151 ± 69

  3. World War II

    116 ± 81

Perry County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.58 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Perry County, KY awarded 1,343 degrees. The student population of Perry County, KY is skewed towards women, with 1,563 male students and 1,712 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Perry County, KY are White (1,307 and 97.3%), followed by Two or More Races (16 and 1.19%), Hispanic or Latino (11 and 0.819%), and Asian (4 and 0.298%).

The largest universities in Perry County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Hazard Community and Technical College (1,343 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Perry County, KY are Medical Administrative Assistant (190 and 14.1%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (165 and 12.3%), and General Business Administration & Management (95 and 7.07%).

The median tuition costs in Perry 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 Perry County, KY was Medical Administrative Assistant with 118 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,343 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Perry County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Hazard Community and Technical College with 1,343 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

638

Degrees Awarded to Men

705

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 638 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Perry County, KY, which is 0.905 times less than the 705 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

    1,307 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    16 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    11 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Perry County, KY were to White students. These 1,307 degrees mean that there were 81.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 16 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Perry County, KY was $73,300 in 2017, which is 0.337 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $72,800 to $73,300, a 0.687% increase. The homeownership rate in Perry County, KY is 73.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Perry County, KY have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Perry 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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$31,820

Median Household Income

± $3,677

11k

Number of Households

± 736

In 2017, the median household income of the 11k households in Perry County, KY grew to $31,820 from the previous year's value of $31,578.

The following chart displays the households in Perry 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

$73,300

2017 Median

± $4,062

$72,800

2016 Median

± $4,146

In 2017, the median property value in Perry County, KY grew to to $73,300 from the previous year's value of $72,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Perry 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 Perry County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.5%

2017 Homeownership

73.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.5% of the housing units in Perry County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.2%.

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

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Perry County, KY have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3% of the workforce in Perry County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.9%

  2. Carpooled

    8.46%

  3. Other

    4.62%

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

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