Rockcastle County, KY

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Population

16,815

0.462% decline

Median Age

42.2


Median Household Income

$35,888

7.13% growth

Poverty Rate

21%


Number of Employees

6,283

2.95% growth

Median Property Value

$80,800

7.59% growth

About

In 2017, Rockcastle County, KY had a population of 16.8k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $35,888. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Rockcastle County, KY declined from 16,893 to 16,815, a -0.462% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,500 to $35,888, a 7.13% increase.

The population of Rockcastle County, KY is 97.5% White Alone, 0.999% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 0.844% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Rockcastle County, KY speak a non-English language, and 100% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Rockcastle County, KY is $80,800, and the homeownership rate is 75.9%. Most people in Rockcastle County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Rockcastle County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Rockcastle County, KY employs 6.28k people. The largest industries in Rockcastle County, KY are Manufacturing (1,367 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (962 people), and Educational Services (606 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,250), Utilities ($49,583), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,639).

Median household income in Rockcastle County, KY is $35,888. Males in Rockcastle 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 Rockcastle County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,888

2017 value

± $2,619

7.13%

1 Year Growth

± 11.5%

Households in Rockcastle County, KY have a median annual income of $35,888, 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 $33,500 in 2016, which represents a 7.13% 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 Kentucky 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 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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rockcastle 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 9501

  2. Census Tract 9504

  3. Census Tract 9503

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rockcastle County, KY was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $42,350, followed by Census Tract 9504 and Census Tract 9503, with respective values of $36,766 and $36,005.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rockcastle County, KY (3.46k out of 16.5k 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 Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    3,406 ± 320

  2. Native American

    40 ± 97

  3. Two Or More

    18 ± 91

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

6.28k

2017 Value

± 485

2.95%

1 Year growth

± 10.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rockcastle County, KY grew at a rate of 2.95%, from 6.1k employees to 6.28k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rockcastle County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (961 people), Production Occupations (905 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (537 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rockcastle County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rockcastle County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (961 people), Production Occupations (905 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (537 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rockcastle County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.48 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.92 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.53 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rockcastle County, KY, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($106,064), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($105,845), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($50,156).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.28k

2017 Value

± 485

2.95%

1 Year growth

± 10.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rockcastle County, KY grew at a rate of 2.95%, from 6.1k employees to 6.28k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rockcastle County, KY, are Manufacturing (1,367 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (962 people), and Educational Services (606 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rockcastle County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Rockcastle 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 Rockcastle County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,367 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (962 people), and Educational Services (606 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rockcastle County, KY has an unusually high number of Information (2.22 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.15 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.74 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rockcastle County, KY, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,250), Utilities ($49,583), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,639).

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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. $74.6B

  2. $17.8B

  3. $17.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $74.6B, followed by Base metals ($17.8B) and Gasoline ($17.2B).

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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$301B

2020 Value

$398B

Projected 2045 Value

32.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Kentucky trade was $301B. This is expected to increase 32.3% 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. $23.5B

  2. $20.7B

  3. $17.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $23.5B, followed by Indiana with $20.7B and Tennessee and $17.9B.

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

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Health

94.2% of the population of Rockcastle County, KY has health coverage, with 42.2% on employee plans, 29.4% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 8.24% on non-group plans, and 1.97% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Rockcastle County, KY see 2824 patients per year on average, which represents a 17.5% increase from the previous year (2404 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 8425 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 8425 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

2,824 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Rockcastle County, KY see an average of 2,824 patients per year. This represents a 17.5% increase from the previous year (2,404 patients).

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

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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

5.82%

Uninsured

42.2%

Employer Coverage

29.4%

Medicaid

12.4%

Medicare

8.24%

Non-Group

1.97%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rockcastle County, KY declined by 32.5% from 8.63% to 5.82%.

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

Rockcastle County, KY is home to a population of 16.8k people, from which 100% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.161% of Rockcastle County, KY residents were born outside of the country (27 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Rockcastle County, KY is composed of 16.4k White Alone residents (97.5%), 168 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.999%), 142 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.844%), 68 Two or More Races residents (0.404%), 34 Black or African American Alone residents (0.202%), 9 Asian Alone residents (0.0535%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 19.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Rockcastle County, KY was 42.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Rockcastle County, KY are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Rockcastle County, KY residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.161%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

27 people

0.195%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

33 people

As of 2017, 0.161% of Rockcastle County, KY residents (27 people) 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 Rockcastle County, KY was 0.195%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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

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Citizenship

100%

2017 Citizenship

99.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 100% of Rockcastle County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Rockcastle County, KY was 99.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    16.4k ± 18

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    168 ± 80

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    142 ± 53.4

In 2017, there were 97.6 times more White Alone residents (16.4k people) in Rockcastle County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 168 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 142 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    367 ± 105

  2. Korea

    126 ± 63

  3. World War II

    52 ± 40

Rockcastle County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.91 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rockcastle County, KY was $80,800 in 2017, which is 0.352 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $75,100 to $80,800, a 7.59% increase. The homeownership rate in Rockcastle County, KY is 75.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Rockcastle County, KY have an average commute time of 24.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rockcastle County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$80,800

2017 Median

± $5,585

$75,100

2016 Median

± $5,079

In 2017, the median property value in Rockcastle County, KY grew to to $80,800 from the previous year's value of $75,100.

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

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Household Income

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$35,888

Median Household Income

± $2,619

6.55k

Number of Households

± 477

In 2017, the median household income of the 6.55k households in Rockcastle County, KY grew to $35,888 from the previous year's value of $33,500.

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

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Rent vs Own

75.9%

2017 Homeownership

76.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.9% of the housing units in Rockcastle County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.3%.

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

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Commute Time

24.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rockcastle County, KY have a shorter commute time (24.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.79% of the workforce in Rockcastle County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.6%

  2. Carpooled

    7.98%

  3. Walked

    3.34%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Rockcastle County, KY was Drove Alone (85.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.98%) and those who Walked (3.34%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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