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Kentucky State Profile

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Population

  • With 4,173,405 residents in 2005, Kentucky is the 26th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Kentucky grew 3.2 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Kentucky is becoming slightly more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 89.4% 89.3% 89.1% 88.9% 88.8% 88.6%
Hispanic, Latino 1.5% 1.6% 1.7% 1.8% 1.9% 2.0%
African-American 7.3% 7.4% 7.4% 7.4% 7.4% 7.4%
Native American, AK Native 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Asian, Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9%
Two or More Races 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Kentucky - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Kentucky are Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro, and Bowling Green.
  • Louisville had an estimated population of 1,208,452 in 2005 – the 43rd largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Lexington in 2005 was 429,889 – the 110th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Owensboro was the 316th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with 111,599 residents.
  • Bowling Green had 110,646 residents – the 317th largest MSA in the U.S.

Kentucky - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Kentucky ranked 43rd among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($27,265 per resident).
  • Kentucky’s personal income relative to the U.S. rose from 71 percent in 1960 to 83 percent in 2004 – but remains well below the U.S. average (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Kentucky as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Kentucky per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Kentucky has the 8th highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (16.8%) and the 10th highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (22.5%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Kentucky - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Kentucky ranked 47th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (83.5%).
  • Kentucky ranked 47th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (21.1%) and 32nd in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (8.4%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Kentucky has larger percentages of adults who have less than a high school education and have completed just a high school diploma and smaller percentages with some college and college degrees – associate and higher (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Kentucky and the U.S. Average
Kentucky education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Kentucky - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Kentucky had the 7th highest unemployment rate of all states – 6.1 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Kentucky has much larger percentages of its workforce employed in construction, production and transportation occupations, about the same as the U.S. in farming and forestry occupations, and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of Kentucky’s employment in the manufacturing and transportation industries, and also the agricultural industry (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Kentucky ranked 42nd among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Kentucky - Health and Well-Being

  • 14.3 percent of Kentucky residents do not have health insurance – the 24th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 25.8 percent of Kentucky residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – higher than the national average of 23.1 percent and the state with the seventh highest rate of obesity in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Kentucky, 237 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – the highest rate among states and much higher than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Kentucky residents (385 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – the 4th highest rate among states and higher than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Kentucky ranked 42nd among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Kentucky - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Kentucky had the 9th lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (245 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 2,538 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Kentucky – well below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Kentucky had the 23rd highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 430 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Kentucky has remained below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Kentucky and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Kentucky and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Kentucky Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Kentucky ranges from $15,392 in Elliot County to $43,030 in Hickman County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 4.9 percent in Edmonson County to 38.1 percent in Fayette County (a ratio of nearly 8 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

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