Wolfe County, KY

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Population

7,251

0.415% growth

Median Age

41.8


Median Household Income

$21,999

0.927% growth

Poverty Rate

36.9%


Number of Employees

1,895

1.5% growth

Median Property Value

$65,700

2.66% growth

About

In 2017, Wolfe County, KY had a population of 7.25k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $21,999. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wolfe County, KY grew from 7,221 to 7,251, a 0.415% increase and its median household income grew from $21,797 to $21,999, a 0.927% increase.

The population of Wolfe County, KY is 98.2% White Alone, 0.579% Two or More Races, and 0.428% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. 0.206% of the people in Wolfe County, KY speak a non-English language, and 100% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Wolfe County, KY is $65,700, and the homeownership rate is 64.9%. Most people in Wolfe County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30 minutes. The average car ownership in Wolfe County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Wolfe County, KY employs 1.9k people. The largest industries in Wolfe County, KY are Manufacturing (256 people), Public Administration (243 people), and Educational Services (219 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($51,154), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,673), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($36,875).

Median household income in Wolfe County, KY is $21,999. Males in Wolfe 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 Wolfe County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$21,999

2017 value

± $3,937

0.927%

1 Year Growth

± 20.5%

Households in Wolfe County, KY have a median annual income of $21,999, 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 $21,797 in 2016, which represents a 0.927% 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 Wolfe County, KY made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Wolfe County, KY 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

  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 Wolfe 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 Wolfe 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 9301

  2. Census Tract 9302

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wolfe County, KY was Census Tract 9301 with a value of $27,151, followed by Census Tract 9302 and N/A, with respective values of $16,389 and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

36.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wolfe County, KY (2.63k out of 7.12k 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 35 - 44, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 45 - 54.

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

    2,573 ± 290

  2. Two Or More

    31 ± 85

  3. Native American

    22 ± 83

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wolfe 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

1.9k

2017 Value

± 297

1.5%

1 Year growth

± 21.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wolfe County, KY grew at a rate of 1.5%, from 1.87k employees to 1.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wolfe County, KY, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (238 people), Production Occupations (208 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (203 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wolfe County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wolfe County, KY, by number of employees, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (238 people), Production Occupations (208 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (203 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wolfe County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.39 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.8 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.15 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wolfe County, KY, by median earnings, are Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($157,778), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($54,615), and Management Occupations ($52,159).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.9k

2017 Value

± 297

1.5%

1 Year growth

± 21.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wolfe County, KY grew at a rate of 1.5%, from 1.87k employees to 1.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wolfe County, KY, are Manufacturing (256 people), Public Administration (243 people), and Educational Services (219 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wolfe County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Wolfe 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 Wolfe County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (256 people), Public Administration (243 people), and Educational Services (219 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wolfe County, KY has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.61 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.75 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (2.08 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wolfe County, KY, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($51,154), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,673), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($36,875).

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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

92% of the population of Wolfe County, KY has health coverage, with 20.8% on employee plans, 45.1% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 11.4% on non-group plans, and 2.19% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Wolfe County, KY see 7259 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.624% increase from the previous year (7214 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 7159 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 795 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

7259 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Wolfe County, KY see an average of 7259 patients per year. This represents a 0.624% increase from the previous year (7214 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

8.02%

Uninsured

20.8%

Employer Coverage

45.1%

Medicaid

12.5%

Medicare

11.4%

Non-Group

2.19%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wolfe County, KY declined by 26.9% from 11% to 8.02%.

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

Wolfe County, KY is home to a population of 7.25k people, from which 100% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.152% of Wolfe County, KY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Wolfe County, KY is composed of 7.12k White Alone residents (98.2%), 42 Two or More Races residents (0.579%), 31 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.428%), 24 Black or African American Alone residents (0.331%), 20 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.276%), 12 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.165%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Wolfe County, KY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (14 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (0 speakers), and French Creole (0 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

N/A

Median Native-Born Age

± N/A

N/A

Median Foreign-Born Age

± N/A

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wolfe County, KY was 41.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of N/A, were generally N/A than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of N/A. But people in Wolfe County, KY are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Wolfe County, KY residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.152%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.152% of Wolfe 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 Wolfe County, KY was 0%, 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 Wolfe County, KY was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Wolfe County, KY residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

100%

2017 Citizenship

100%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 100% of Wolfe County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wolfe County, KY was 100%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been maintaining.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    7.12k ± 60

  2. Two or More Races

    42 ± 40.3

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    31 ± 29

In 2017, there were 170 times more White Alone residents (7.12k people) in Wolfe County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 42 Two or More Races and 31 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    14 speakers (0.206%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    0 speakers (0%)

  3. French Creole

    0 speakers (0%)

0.206% of Wolfe 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 Wolfe County, KY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.206% of the overall population of Wolfe County, KY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    141 ± 62

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    41 ± 45

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    31 ± 54

Wolfe County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wolfe County, KY was $65,700 in 2017, which is 0.302 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $64,000 to $65,700, a 2.66% increase. The homeownership rate in Wolfe County, KY is 64.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wolfe County, KY have an average commute time of 30 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wolfe 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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$21,999

Median Household Income

± $3,937

2.85k

Number of Households

± 316

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.85k households in Wolfe County, KY grew to $21,999 from the previous year's value of $21,797.

The following chart displays the households in Wolfe 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

$65,700

2017 Median

± $7,234

$64,000

2016 Median

± $8,664

In 2017, the median property value in Wolfe County, KY grew to to $65,700 from the previous year's value of $64,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wolfe 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 Wolfe County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $50k - $60k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

64.9%

2017 Homeownership

64%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.9% of the housing units in Wolfe County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Wolfe 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 Wolfe County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wolfe County, KY have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

30 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wolfe County, KY have a longer commute time (30 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 6.05% of the workforce in Wolfe County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82%

  2. Carpooled

    12.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.54%

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

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