Whitley County, KY

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Population

36,027

0.516% growth

Median Age

37


Median Household Income

$34,103

5.27% growth

Poverty Rate

25.2%


Number of Employees

12,794

3.25% growth

Median Property Value

$83,800

5.94% growth

About

In 2017, Whitley County, KY had a population of 36k people with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $34,103. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Whitley County, KY grew from 35,842 to 36,027, a 0.516% increase and its median household income grew from $32,397 to $34,103, a 5.27% increase.

The population of Whitley County, KY is 96.1% White Alone, 1.2% Black or African American Alone, and 1.18% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Whitley County, KY speak a non-English language, and 99.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Whitley County, KY are University of the Cumberlands (1,688 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Whitley County, KY is $83,800, and the homeownership rate is 70.4%. Most people in Whitley County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Whitley County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Whitley County, KY employs 12.8k people. The largest industries in Whitley County, KY are Educational Services (2,290 people), Manufacturing (2,136 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,680 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($42,321), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($40,536), and Transportation & Warehousing ($40,359).

Median household income in Whitley County, KY is $34,103. Males in Whitley 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 Whitley County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,103

2017 value

± $3,043

5.27%

1 Year Growth

± 11%

Households in Whitley County, KY have a median annual income of $34,103, 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 $32,397 in 2016, which represents a 5.27% 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 Whitley 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 9202

  2. Census Tract 9206

  3. Census Tract 9203

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Whitley County, KY was Census Tract 9202 with a value of $36,875, followed by Census Tract 9206 and Census Tract 9203, with respective values of $34,133 and $33,269.

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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 Whitley County, KY (8.57k out of 34k 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 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    8,281 ± 672

  2. Hispanic

    159 ± 182

  3. Black

    95 ± 131

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

12.8k

2017 Value

± 883

3.25%

1 Year growth

± 9.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Whitley County, KY grew at a rate of 3.25%, from 12.4k employees to 12.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Whitley County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,899 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,409 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,285 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Whitley County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Whitley County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,899 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,409 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,285 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Whitley County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.89 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.73 times), and Production Occupations (1.72 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Whitley County, KY, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($81,389), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,722), and Legal Occupations ($53,984).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

12.8k

2017 Value

± 883

3.25%

1 Year growth

± 9.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Whitley County, KY grew at a rate of 3.25%, from 12.4k employees to 12.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Whitley County, KY, are Educational Services (2,290 people), Manufacturing (2,136 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,680 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Whitley County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Whitley 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 Whitley County, KY, by number of employees, are Educational Services (2,290 people), Manufacturing (2,136 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,680 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Whitley County, KY has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.93 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.66 times), and Manufacturing (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Whitley County, KY, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($42,321), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($40,536), and Transportation & Warehousing ($40,359).

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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 ($17.1B) and Gasoline ($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

91.9% of the population of Whitley County, KY has health coverage, with 34.4% on employee plans, 33.7% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 11.1% on non-group plans, and 1.67% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Whitley County, KY see 1063 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.15% decrease from the previous year (1109 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1569 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 77 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

1,063 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Whitley County, KY see an average of 1,063 patients per year. This represents a 4.15% decrease from the previous year (1,109 patients).

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

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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

8.13%

Uninsured

34.4%

Employer Coverage

33.7%

Medicaid

11.1%

Medicare

11.1%

Non-Group

1.67%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Whitley County, KY declined by 24.2% from 10.7% to 8.13%.

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

Whitley County, KY is home to a population of 36k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.794% of Whitley County, KY residents were born outside of the country (286 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Whitley County, KY is composed of 34.6k White Alone residents (96.1%), 434 Black or African American Alone residents (1.2%), 424 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.18%), 404 Two or More Races residents (1.12%), 106 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.294%), 31 Asian Alone residents (0.086%), 16 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0444%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Whitley County, KY are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 15.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Whitley County, KY was 37. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Whitley County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Whitley County, KY residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.794%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

286 people

0.536%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

192 people

As of 2017, 0.794% of Whitley County, KY residents (286 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 Whitley County, KY was 0.536%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

99.3%

2017 Citizenship

99.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.3% of Whitley County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Whitley County, KY was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    34.6k ± 31

  2. Black or African American Alone

    434 ± 167

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    424 ± 199

In 2017, there were 79.8 times more White Alone residents (34.6k people) in Whitley County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 434 Black or African American Alone and 424 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 Whitley County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Whitley County, KY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Whitley County, KY was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Whitley County, KY are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    862 ± 152

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    265 ± 137

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    165 ± 93

Whitley County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Whitley County, KY awarded 1,688 degrees. The student population of Whitley County, KY is skewed towards women, with 3,185 male students and 4,467 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Whitley County, KY are White (1,401 and 84.2%), followed by Unknown (159 and 9.56%), Black or African American (79 and 4.75%), and Hispanic or Latino (15 and 0.901%).

The largest universities in Whitley County, KY by number of degrees awarded are University of the Cumberlands (1,688 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Whitley County, KY are Reading Teacher Education (278 and 16.5%), Curriculum & Instruction (261 and 15.5%), and Other Educational Administration & Supervision (161 and 9.54%).

The median tuition costs in Whitley County, KY are $22,640 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

Most Common

  1. 138 degrees awarded

  2. 278 degrees awarded

  3. 261 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Masters Degree recipients in Whitley County, KY was Other Educational Administration & Supervision with 138 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Masters Degree from schools in Whitley County, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,688 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$22,640

Median Private

In 2016, the Whitley County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of the Cumberlands with 1,688 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

513

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,175

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 513 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Whitley County, KY, which is 0.437 times less than the 1,175 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

    1,401 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    159 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    79 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Whitley County, KY were to White students. These 1,401 degrees mean that there were 8.81 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 159 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Whitley County, KY was $83,800 in 2017, which is 0.385 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $79,100 to $83,800, a 5.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Whitley County, KY is 70.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Whitley County, KY have an average commute time of 20.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Whitley 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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$34,103

Median Household Income

± $3,043

12.6k

Number of Households

± 831

In 2017, the median household income of the 12.6k households in Whitley County, KY grew to $34,103 from the previous year's value of $32,397.

The following chart displays the households in Whitley 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

$83,800

2017 Median

± $4,882

$79,100

2016 Median

± $5,038

In 2017, the median property value in Whitley County, KY grew to to $83,800 from the previous year's value of $79,100.

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

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Rent vs Own

70.4%

2017 Homeownership

68.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 70.4% of the housing units in Whitley County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Whitley 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 Whitley County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Whitley 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 Whitley County, KY have a shorter commute time (20.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.38% of the workforce in Whitley County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.6%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Walked

    4.09%

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

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