Whitley County, KY

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2019 Population
36,131
0.116% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
36.6
0.543% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
23.6%
9.38% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$39,005
5.71% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$92,500
5.47% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
12,811
1.36% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Whitley County, KY had a population of 36.1k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $39,005. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Whitley County, KY grew from 36,089 to 36,131, a 0.116% increase and its median household income grew from $36,897 to $39,005, a 5.71% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Whitley County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (96%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.26%), White (Hispanic) (1.05%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.883%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.343%). 0% of the households in Whitley County, KY speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 99.3% of the residents in Whitley County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Whitley County, KY are University of the Cumberlands (3,430 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Whitley County, KY was $92,500, and the homeownership rate was 68.8%. Most people in Whitley County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21 minutes. The average car ownership in Whitley County, KY was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Kentucky (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Kentucky. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Kentucky.

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

Whitley County, KY is home to a population of 36.1k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2019, 1.31% of Whitley County, KY residents were born outside of the country (475 people).

In 2019, there were 76.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.7k people) in Whitley County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 454 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 380 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Whitley County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    34.7k ± 24
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    454 ± 173
  3. White (Hispanic)
    380 ± 114
1.29%
Hispanic Population
465 people

In 2019, there were 76.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.7k people) in Whitley County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 454 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 380 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.29% of the people in Whitley County, KY are hispanic (465 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Whitley County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.31%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
475 people
1.06%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
381 people

As of 2019, 1.31% of Whitley County, KY residents (475 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Whitley County, KY was 1.06%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.8
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 13.8

In 2019, the median age of all people in Whitley County, KY was 36.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Whitley County, KY are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Whitley County, KY residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    31,769 ± 4,360 people
  2. India
    12,409 ± 2,731 people
  3. Cuba
    11,319 ± 2,609 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 31,769 Kentucky residents, followed by India with 12,409 and Cuba with 11,319.

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Citizenship

99.3%
2019 Citizenship
99.2%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.3% of Whitley County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Whitley County, KY was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    793 ± 185
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    321 ± 141
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    186 ± 106

Whitley County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.47 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Whitley County, KY is $39,005. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Whitley County, KY was Census Tract 9201 with a value of $50,918, followed by Census Tract 9203 and Census Tract 9204, with respective values of $49,003 and $39,925.

Males in Kentucky have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,437. The income inequality in Kentucky (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Whitley County, KY employs 12.8k people. The largest industries in Whitley County, KY are Educational Services (2,128 people), Manufacturing (1,801 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,794 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($43,730), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($43,250), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation ($41,000).

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,005
2019 value
± $3,757
5.71%
1 Year Growth
± 13.7%

Households in Whitley County, KY have a median annual income of $39,005, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $36,897 in 2018, which represents a 5.71% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,994
Average Male Salary in Kentucky
± $1,633
$44,437
Average Female Salary in Kentucky
± $1,156

In 2019, full-time male employees in Kentucky made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Kentucky 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 in Kentucky
  1. Asian
    $58,983 ± $10,861
  2. White
    $46,691 ± $986
  3. American Indian
    $38,377 ± $15,879

In 2019 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 in Kentucky.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Whitley County, KY is from Kentucky.
0.456
2019 Wage GINI in Kentucky
0.456
2018 Wage GINI in Kentucky

In 2019, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.114% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Kentucky was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 9201
  2. Census Tract 9203
  3. Census Tract 9204

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Whitley County, KY was Census Tract 9201 with a value of $50,918, followed by Census Tract 9203 and Census Tract 9204, with respective values of $49,003 and $39,925.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Whitley County, KY (8.04k out of 34.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Males 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
    7,800 ± 676
  2. Two Or More
    112 ± 142
  3. Native American
    93 ± 174

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

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
2019 Value
± 865
1.36%
1 Year growth
± 9.43%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Whitley County, KY grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 12.6k employees to 12.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Whitley County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,499 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,486 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,436 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 (1,499 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,486 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,436 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 (2.2 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.91 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.69 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 ($105,625), Legal Occupations ($63,750), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,519).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

12.8k
2019 Value
± 865
1.36%
1 Year growth
± 9.43%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Whitley County, KY grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 12.6k employees to 12.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Whitley County, KY, are Educational Services (2,128 people), Manufacturing (1,801 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,794 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 (2,128 people), Manufacturing (1,801 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,794 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Whitley County, KY has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.79 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.51 times), and Manufacturing (1.41 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Whitley County, KY, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($43,730), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($43,250), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation ($41,000).

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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. $85.2B
  2. $36.6B
  3. $29.3B

In 2018, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $85.2B, followed by Electronics ($36.6B) and Machinery ($29.3B).

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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$373B
2018 Value in Kentucky
$703B
Projected 2045 Value in Kentucky
88.6% growth

In 2018, total outbound Kentucky trade was $373B. This is expected to increase 88.6% to $703B 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. $27.8B
  2. $22.6B
  3. $21.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $27.8B, followed by Indiana with $22.6B and California and $21.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Whitley County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 82.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (15%), followed by Other (2.87%). The most partisan county was Leslie County, KY with 89.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing the state of Kentucky. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Whitley County, KY
82.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Kentucky
  1. 89.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 88.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Kentucky was Leslie County, KY with 89.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Kentucky colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Kentucky

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Mitch McConnell
Senator from Kentucky2
Assumed office on January 3, 1985
Rand Paul
Senator from Kentucky3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are the senators currently representing Kentucky.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Kentucky over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Kentucky

Kentucky is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Kentucky have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Whitley County, KY awarded 3,430 degrees. The student population of Whitley County, KY is skewed towards men, with 9,205 male students and 7,761 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Whitley County, KY are White (1,384 and 58.2%), followed by Unknown (874 and 36.8%), Black or African American (72 and 3.03%), and Hispanic or Latino (25 and 1.05%).

The largest universities in Whitley County, KY by number of degrees awarded are University of the Cumberlands (3,430 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Whitley County, KY are Computer & Information Systems Security (933 and 27.2%), Other Educational Administration & Supervision (327 and 9.53%), and Curriculum & Instruction (323 and 9.42%).

The median tuition costs in Whitley County, KY are $9,875 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. 248 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 933 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 323 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Masters Degree recipients in Whitley County, KY was Other Educational Administration & Supervision with 248 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
3,430 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$9,875
Median Private

In 2019, the Whitley County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of the Cumberlands with 3,430 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,582
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,848
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,582 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Whitley County, KY, which is 0.856 times less than the 1,848 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Whitley County, KY by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,384 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    874 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    72 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Whitley County, KY was White students. These 1,384 degrees mean that there were 1.58 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 874 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Whitley County, KY was $92,500 in 2019, which is 0.385 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $87,700 to $92,500, a 5.47% increase. The homeownership rate in Whitley County, KY is 68.8%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Whitley County, KY have an average commute time of 21 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Whitley County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$92,500
2019 Median
± $8,228
$87,700
2018 Median
± $5,801

In 2019, the median property value in Whitley County, KY grew to to $92,500 from the previous year's value of $87,700.

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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Household Income

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$39,005
Median Household Income
± $3,757
12.6k
Number of Households
± 833

In 2019, the median household income of the 12.6k households in Whitley County, KY grew to $39,005 from the previous year's value of $36,897.

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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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

68.8%
2019 Homeownership
69.3%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 68.8% of the housing units in Whitley County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Whitley County, KY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Whitley County, KY have a shorter commute time (21 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.34% of the workforce in Whitley County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (82.8%)
  2. Carpooled (10.4%)
  3. Walked (3.37%)

In 2019, 82.8% of workers in Whitley County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.4%) and those who walked to work (3.37%).

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 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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Health

94.4% of the population of Whitley County, KY has health coverage, with 35.3% on employee plans, 34.2% on Medicaid, 12.1% on Medicare, 11.4% on non-group plans, and 1.36% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Kentucky 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 1394 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.81% increase from the previous year (1293 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1250 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 65 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Knott County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21%). Additionally, Owsley County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,394 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Whitley County, KY

Primary care physicians in Whitley County, KY see an average of 1,394 patients per year. This represents a 7.81% increase from the previous year (1,293 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 its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,004
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Kentucky
$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

5.59%
Uninsured
35.3%
Employer Coverage
34.2%
Medicaid
12.1%
Medicare
11.4%
Non-Group
1.36%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Whitley County, KY declined by 2.18% from 5.72% to 5.59%.

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. 21% prevalence
  2. 20.3% prevalence
  3. 20.2% prevalence

Knott County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky, at 21%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky by county over multiple years.

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