Russell County, KY

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Population

17,731

0.266% growth

Median Age

43.4


Median Household Income

$34,660

9.9% growth

Poverty Rate

25.3%


Number of Employees

6,282

1.96% growth

Median Property Value

$87,300

1.47% decline

About

In 2017, Russell County, KY had a population of 17.7k people with a median age of 43.4 and a median household income of $34,660. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Russell County, KY grew from 17,684 to 17,731, a 0.266% increase and its median household income grew from $31,539 to $34,660, a 9.9% increase.

The population of Russell County, KY is 94% White Alone, 3.58% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.649% Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone. 2.17% of the people in Russell County, KY speak a non-English language, and 98.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Russell County, KY is $87,300, and the homeownership rate is 74.1%. Most people in Russell County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Russell County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Russell County, KY employs 6.28k people. The largest industries in Russell County, KY are Manufacturing (1,539 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (910 people), and Retail Trade (762 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,250), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,060), and Finance & Insurance ($53,438).

Median household income in Russell County, KY is $34,660. Males in Russell 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 Russell County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,660

2017 value

± $2,755

9.9%

1 Year Growth

± 9.91%

Households in Russell County, KY have a median annual income of $34,660, 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 $31,539 in 2016, which represents a 9.9% 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 Russell County, KY made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $55,164 ± $10,370

  2. White

    $43,856 ± $923

  3. American Indian

    $34,557 ± $13,648

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Russell 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 Russell County, KY is from Kentucky.

0.457

2017 Wage GINI

0.455

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.329% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Kentucky was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kentucky in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Kentucky across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9602

  2. Census Tract 9604

  3. Census Tract 9601.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Russell County, KY was Census Tract 9602 with a value of $37,721, followed by Census Tract 9604 and Census Tract 9601.02, with respective values of $31,452 and $30,625.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Russell County, KY (4.42k out of 17.5k 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 45 - 54, followed by Females 55 - 64 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

    4,041 ± 407

  2. Hispanic

    295 ± 149

  3. Other

    193 ± 143

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

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

± 476

1.96%

1 Year growth

± 10.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Russell County, KY grew at a rate of 1.96%, from 6.16k employees to 6.28k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Russell County, KY, are Production Occupations (1,156 people), Management Occupations (596 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (590 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Russell County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Russell County, KY, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,156 people), Management Occupations (596 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (590 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Russell County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (3.17 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.93 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.85 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Russell County, KY, by median earnings, are Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations ($168,427), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($87,083), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,656).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.28k

2017 Value

± 476

1.96%

1 Year growth

± 10.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Russell County, KY grew at a rate of 1.96%, from 6.16k employees to 6.28k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Russell County, KY, are Manufacturing (1,539 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (910 people), and Retail Trade (762 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Russell County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Russell 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 Russell County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,539 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (910 people), and Retail Trade (762 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Russell County, KY has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.42 times higher than expected), Construction (1.33 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Russell County, KY, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,250), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,060), and Finance & Insurance ($53,438).

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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

89.4% of the population of Russell County, KY has health coverage, with 31.1% on employee plans, 28.5% on Medicaid, 14.7% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 1.8% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Russell County, KY see 2523 patients per year on average, which represents a 27.7% increase from the previous year (1975 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3544 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1108 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

2,523 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Russell County, KY see an average of 2,523 patients per year. This represents a 27.7% increase from the previous year (1,975 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

10.6%

Uninsured

31.1%

Employer Coverage

28.5%

Medicaid

14.7%

Medicare

13.4%

Non-Group

1.8%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Russell County, KY declined by 25% from 14.1% to 10.6%.

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

Russell County, KY is home to a population of 17.7k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.29% of Russell County, KY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Russell County, KY is composed of 16.7k White Alone residents (94%), 635 Hispanic or Latino residents (3.58%), 115 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.649%), 98 Two or More Races residents (0.553%), 91 Black or African American Alone residents (0.513%), 83 Asian Alone residents (0.468%), 27 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.152%), and 15 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0846%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Russell County, KY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (293 speakers), Russian (17 speakers), and Hindi (14 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 19.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Russell County, KY was 43.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Russell County, KY are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Russell County, KY residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.29%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.26%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.29% of Russell 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 Russell County, KY was 2.26%, 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 Russell County, KY was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Russell County, KY residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

98.5%

2017 Citizenship

98.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.5% of Russell County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Russell County, KY was 98.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    16.7k ± 24

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    635 ± 197

  3. Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone

    115 ± 107

In 2017, there were 26.2 times more White Alone residents (16.7k people) in Russell County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 635 Hispanic or Latino and 115 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    293 speakers (1.77%)

  2. Russian

    17 speakers (0.103%)

  3. Hindi

    14 speakers (0.0847%)

2.17% of Russell 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 Russell County, KY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.77% of the overall population of Russell County, KY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.103% speak Russian and 0.0847% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    431 ± 101

  2. Korea

    96 ± 50

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    54 ± 41

Russell County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.49 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Russell County, KY was $87,300 in 2017, which is 0.401 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $88,600 to $87,300, a 1.47% decrease. The homeownership rate in Russell County, KY is 74.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Russell County, KY have an average commute time of 20.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Russell 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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$34,660

Median Household Income

± $2,755

7.2k

Number of Households

± 506

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.2k households in Russell County, KY grew to $34,660 from the previous year's value of $31,539.

The following chart displays the households in Russell 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

$87,300

2017 Median

± $5,193

$88,600

2016 Median

± $7,336

In 2017, the median property value in Russell County, KY declined from to $87,300 from the previous year's value of $88,600.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

74.1%

2017 Homeownership

74.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.1% of the housing units in Russell County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.4%.

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

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Commute Time

20.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Russell County, KY have a shorter commute time (20.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.08% of the workforce in Russell County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.4%

  2. Carpooled

    9.16%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.27%

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

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