Laurel County, KY

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2022 Population
62,442
0.567% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.8
0.748% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
20.5%
7.27% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$53,693
15.2% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$141,300
21% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Laurel County, KY had a population of 62.4k people with a median age of 39.8 and a median household income of $53,693. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Laurel County, KY grew from 62,090 to 62,442, a 0.567% increase and its median household income grew from $46,604 to $53,693, a 15.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Laurel County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (95.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.01%), White (Hispanic) (1.02%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.65%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.399%).

None of the households in Laurel County, KY reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.7% of the residents in Laurel County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in N/A are Tri-State Institute of Hair Design (19 degrees awarded in 2017).

In 2022, the median property value in Laurel County, KY was $141,300, and the homeownership rate was 71.2%.

Most people in Laurel County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Laurel County, KY was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Laurel County, KY is home to a population of 62.4k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.932% of Laurel County, KY residents were born outside of the country (582 people).

In 2022, there were 47.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (59.5k people) in Laurel County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.26k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 637 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.7%
2022 Citizenship
99.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.7% of Laurel County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Laurel County, KY was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Laurel County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    59.5k ± 100
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.26k ± 215
  3. White (Hispanic)
    637 ± 177
1.58%
Hispanic Population
987 people

In 2022, there were 47.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (59.5k people) in Laurel County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.26k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 637 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.58% of the people in Laurel County, KY are hispanic (987 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

0.932%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
582 people
0.834%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
518 people

As of 2022, 0.932% of Laurel County, KY residents (582 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Laurel County, KY was 0.834%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,112 ± 236
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    609 ± 199
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    357 ± 175

Laurel County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.83 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Laurel County, KY employs 25.9k people. The largest industries in Laurel County, KY are Retail Trade (4,693 people), Manufacturing (3,923 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,747 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($66,250), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,472).

Occupations

25.9k
2022 Value
± 1,311
4.92%
1 Year growth
± 6.81%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Laurel County, KY grew at a rate of 4.92%, from 24.7k employees to 25.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Laurel County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,371 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,920 people), and Production Occupations (2,650 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Laurel County, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

25.9k
2022 Value
± 1,311
4.92%
1 Year growth
± 6.81%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Laurel County, KY grew at a rate of 4.92%, from 24.7k employees to 25.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Laurel County, KY, are Retail Trade (4,693 people), Manufacturing (3,923 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,747 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Laurel County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Laurel County, KY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$43,820
Median earning men ± $1,952
$30,450
Median earning women ± $1,947

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($65,664), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,292), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($52,600).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($38,194), Wholesale Trade ($36,800), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($35,673).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.51%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.98M people employed in Kentucky. This represents a 2.51% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

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

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 555
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 316
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 289
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Laurel County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 82.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (15.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1%).

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.

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.

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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 2017, universities in Laurel County, KY awarded 19 degrees. The student population of Laurel County, KY in 2017 is skewed towards men, with 23 male students and 13 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Laurel County, KY are White (19 and 100%), followed by Asian (0 and 0%), Black or African American (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Laurel County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Tri-State Institute of Hair Design (19 and 100%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.821% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.756% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.17M), Some college (766k), and Secondary Education (551k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Laurel County, KY was $141,300 in 2022, which is 0.501 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $116,800 to $141,300, a 21% increase. The homeownership rate in Laurel County, KY is 71.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Laurel County, KY have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Laurel County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Laurel County, KY is $53,693. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Laurel County, KY was Census Tract 9704 with a value of $74,481, followed by Census Tract 9711.01 and Census Tract 9707, with respective values of $74,102 and $63,625.

Property

$141,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,078
$16,678
Median Property Taxes
±$993

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Rent vs Own

71.2%
Homeownership
2022
66.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 71.2% of the housing units in Laurel County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 71.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9704
  2. Census Tract 9711.01
  3. Census Tract 9707

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Laurel County, KY was Census Tract 9704 with a value of $74,481, followed by Census Tract 9711.01 and Census Tract 9707, with respective values of $74,102 and $63,625.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$53,693
Median Household Income
± $4,100
23.4k
Number of Households
± 1,194

In 2022, the median household income of the 23.4k households in Laurel County, KY grew to $53,693 from the previous year's value of $46,604.

The following chart displays the households in Laurel 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Laurel County, KY is from Kentucky.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Kentucky
0.453
2021 Wage GINI in Kentucky

In 2022, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.286% decline from 2021 to 2022, 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.9%)
  2. Carpooled (11.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.59%)

In 2022, 79.9% of workers in Laurel County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.8%) and those who worked at home (6.59%).

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Laurel County, KY have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.28% of the workforce in Laurel County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Laurel County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Laurel County, KY have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

20.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Laurel County, KY (12.6k out of 61.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 6 - 11.

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

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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Health

91.7% of the population of Laurel County, KY has health coverage, with 36.6% on employee plans, 28.6% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 10.6% on non-group plans, and 2.1% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Laurel County, KY see 2534 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.41% increase from the previous year (2427 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2552 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1531 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,534 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Laurel County, KY

Primary care physicians in Laurel County, KY see an average of 2,534 patients per year. This represents a 4.41% increase from the previous year (2,427 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Laurel County, KY in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.6% under 18 years, 19.5% between 18 and 34 years, 39.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.25%
Uninsured
36.6%
Employer Coverage
28.6%
Medicaid
13.8%
Medicare
10.6%
Non-Group
2.1%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Laurel County, KY grew by 4.77% from 7.88% to 8.25%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 48.1 in Laurel County, KY.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 36.2% in Laurel County, KY.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.28% in Laurel County, KY.

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