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Whitley County, KY&

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0.13% growth
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4.46% growth
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0.12% decline
Median Property Value
1.54% growth


The economy of Whitley County, KY employs 12,391 people. The economy of Whitley County, KY is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Educational Services; and Wholesale trade, which employ respectively 2.65; 1.77; and 1.68 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Whitley County, KY are Educational Services (2,043), Manufacturing (1,864), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,590), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($60,074), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($33,971), and Transportation & Warehousing ($32,887).

Median household income in Whitley County, KY is $32,397. Males in Whitley County, KY have an average income that is 1.21 times higher than the average income of females, which is $32,149. The income inequality of Whitley County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.445 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Whitley County, KY. In Whitley County, KY the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 90 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $11,166. Perry County, KY has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Kentucky.


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Whitley County, KY is home to a population of 35,842 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Whitley County, KY is composed of 34,461 White residents (96.1%), 418 Two+ residents (1.17%), 398 Hispanic residents (1.11%), 350 Black residents (0.98%), and 153 Asian residents (0.43%). The most common foreign languages in Whitley County, KY are Spanish (253 speakers), Hindi (40 speakers), and Other Indo-European (37 speakers), but compared to other places, Whitley County, KY has a relative high number of Thai (16 speakers), Other Native North American (17 speakers), and Other Indo-European (37 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Whitley County, KY awarded 1,637 degrees. The student population of Whitley County, KY is skewed towards females, with 461 male students and 1,176 female students. Most students in Whitley County, KY are White (1,356 and 82.8%), followed by Unknown (180 and 11%), Black or African American (58 and 3.54%), and Hispanic or Latino (12 and 0.73%). The largest universities in Whitley County, KY by number of graduates are University of the Cumberlands (1,637 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Whitley County, KY are Reading Teacher Education (313 and 19.1%), Curriculum & Instruction (248 and 15.1%), and General Special Education & Teaching (133 and 8.12%). The median tuition costs in Whitley County, KY are N/A for private four year colleges, and $22,640 and $22,640 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Whitley County, KY is $79,100, which is 0.39 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $77,900 to $79,100, a 1.54% increase. The homeownership rate of Whitley County, KY is 68.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Whitley County, KY have an average commute time of 19.7 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.


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