Pulaski County, KY

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Population

63,974

0.317% growth

Median Age

42


Median Household Income

$35,022

1.01% growth

Poverty Rate

25.2%


Number of Employees

24,928

0.488% growth

Median Property Value

$109,100

0% growth

About

In 2017, Pulaski County, KY had a population of 64k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $35,022. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Pulaski County, KY grew from 63,772 to 63,974, a 0.317% increase and its median household income grew from $34,673 to $35,022, a 1.01% increase.

The population of Pulaski County, KY is 94.2% White Alone, 2.41% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.31% Two or More Races. 2.31% of the people in Pulaski County, KY speak a non-English language, and 98.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pulaski County, KY are Somerset Community College (2,654 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Pulaski County, KY is $109,100, and the homeownership rate is 69.2%. Most people in Pulaski County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Pulaski County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Pulaski County, KY employs 24.9k people. The largest industries in Pulaski County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,365 people), Manufacturing (3,368 people), and Retail Trade (3,238 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,917), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,115), and Utilities ($42,083).

Median household income in Pulaski County, KY is $35,022. Males in Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,022

2017 value

± $2,420

1.01%

1 Year Growth

± 9.04%

Households in Pulaski County, KY have a median annual income of $35,022, 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 $34,673 in 2016, which represents a 1.01% 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 Pulaski 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 Pulaski 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 Pulaski 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 Pulaski 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 9304.02

  2. Census Tract 9305.01

  3. Census Tract 9302

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pulaski County, KY was Census Tract 9304.02 with a value of $50,904, followed by Census Tract 9305.01 and Census Tract 9302, with respective values of $49,469 and $40,050.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pulaski County, KY (15.9k out of 62.9k 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 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

    15,092 ± 862

  2. Hispanic

    583 ± 249

  3. Two Or More

    339 ± 192

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

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

24.9k

2017 Value

± 1,213

0.488%

1 Year growth

± 6.76%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pulaski County, KY grew at a rate of 0.488%, from 24.8k employees to 24.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pulaski County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,339 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,609 people), and Production Occupations (2,523 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,339 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,609 people), and Production Occupations (2,523 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pulaski County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.75 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.72 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.67 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, KY, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($75,694), Legal Occupations ($65,036), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($61,490).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

24.9k

2017 Value

± 1,213

0.488%

1 Year growth

± 6.76%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pulaski County, KY grew at a rate of 0.488%, from 24.8k employees to 24.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pulaski County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,365 people), Manufacturing (3,368 people), and Retail Trade (3,238 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pulaski County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, KY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,365 people), Manufacturing (3,368 people), and Retail Trade (3,238 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pulaski County, KY has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.61 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.33 times), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pulaski County, KY, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,917), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,115), and Utilities ($42,083).

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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

92.5% of the population of Pulaski County, KY has health coverage, with 35.5% on employee plans, 25.9% on Medicaid, 14.3% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 2.53% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Pulaski County, KY see 1329 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.4% increase from the previous year (1204 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1390 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 346 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

1,329 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pulaski County, KY see an average of 1,329 patients per year. This represents a 10.4% increase from the previous year (1,204 patients).

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

7.5%

Uninsured

35.5%

Employer Coverage

25.9%

Medicaid

14.3%

Medicare

14.3%

Non-Group

2.53%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pulaski County, KY declined by 18.8% from 9.24% to 7.5%.

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

Pulaski County, KY is home to a population of 64k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.06% of Pulaski County, KY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Pulaski County, KY is composed of 60.3k White Alone residents (94.2%), 1.54k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.41%), 838 Two or More Races residents (1.31%), 583 Black or African American Alone residents (0.911%), 464 Asian Alone residents (0.725%), 159 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.249%), 122 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.191%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Pulaski County, KY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (651 speakers), Other Indic Languages (152 speakers), and German (101 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Pulaski County, KY was 42. 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 Pulaski County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Pulaski County, KY residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.06%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.06% of Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, KY was 1.9%, 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 Pulaski County, KY was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Pulaski County, KY residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

98.8%

2017 Citizenship

99%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.8% of Pulaski County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Pulaski County, KY was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    60.3k ± 173

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.54k ± 281

  3. Two or More Races

    838 ± 229

In 2017, there were 39.1 times more White Alone residents (60.3k people) in Pulaski County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.54k Hispanic or Latino and 838 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Pulaski County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    651 speakers (1.09%)

  2. Other Indic Languages

    152 speakers (0.254%)

  3. German

    101 speakers (0.168%)

2.31% of Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, KY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.09% of the overall population of Pulaski County, KY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.254% speak Other Indic Languages and 0.168% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,969 ± 266

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    673 ± 197

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    519 ± 179

Pulaski County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Pulaski County, KY awarded 2,654 degrees. The student population of Pulaski County, KY is skewed towards women, with 2,566 male students and 4,055 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pulaski County, KY are White (2,516 and 94.9%), followed by Unknown (39 and 1.47%), Hispanic or Latino (35 and 1.32%), and Two or More Races (31 and 1.17%).

The largest universities in Pulaski County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Somerset Community College (2,654 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Pulaski County, KY are Liberal Arts & Sciences (323 and 12.2%), Medical Administrative Assistant (268 and 10.1%), and General Computer & Information Sciences (224 and 8.44%).

The median tuition costs in Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, KY was General Computer & Information Sciences with 208 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

2,654 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Pulaski County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Somerset Community College with 2,654 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,221

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,433

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,221 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pulaski County, KY, which is 0.852 times less than the 1,433 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

    2,516 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    39 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    35 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Pulaski County, KY were to White students. These 2,516 degrees mean that there were 64.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 39 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pulaski County, KY was $109,100 in 2017, which is 0.501 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $109,100 to $109,100, a 0% change. The homeownership rate in Pulaski County, KY is 69.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pulaski County, KY have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pulaski 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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$35,022

Median Household Income

± $2,420

25.8k

Number of Households

± 1,128

In 2017, the median household income of the 25.8k households in Pulaski County, KY grew to $35,022 from the previous year's value of $34,673.

The following chart displays the households in Pulaski 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

$109,100

2017 Median

± $4,968

$109,100

2016 Median

± $4,252

In 2017, the median property value in Pulaski County, KY stayed at to $109,100 from the previous year's value of $109,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Pulaski 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 Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, KY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pulaski County, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.2%

2017 Homeownership

69.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.2% of the housing units in Pulaski County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.6%.

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

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pulaski County, KY have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.54% of the workforce in Pulaski County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.2%

  2. Carpooled

    9.81%

  3. Walked

    1.64%

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

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