Barren County, KY

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Population

43,418

0.303% growth

Median Age

40.3


Median Household Income

$39,658

1.6% growth

Poverty Rate

22.9%


Number of Employees

18,377

1.62% decline

Median Property Value

$110,400

1.94% growth

About

In 2017, Barren County, KY had a population of 43.4k people with a median age of 40.3 and a median household income of $39,658. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Barren County, KY grew from 43,287 to 43,418, a 0.303% increase and its median household income grew from $39,034 to $39,658, a 1.6% increase.

The population of Barren County, KY is 90.7% White Alone, 3.86% Black or African American Alone, and 3.04% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Barren County, KY speak a non-English language, and 98.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Barren County, KY are PJ's College of Cosmetology-Glasgow (13 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Barren County, KY is $110,400, and the homeownership rate is 66.2%. Most people in Barren County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Barren County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Barren County, KY employs 18.4k people. The largest industries in Barren County, KY are Manufacturing (4,312 people), Retail Trade (2,352 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,304 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,290), Information ($42,576), and Educational Services ($41,675).

Median household income in Barren County, KY is $39,658. Males in Barren 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 Barren County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,658

2017 value

± $1,505

1.6%

1 Year Growth

± 5.21%

Households in Barren County, KY have a median annual income of $39,658, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $39,034 in 2016, which represents a 1.6% 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 Kentucky made 1.36 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

  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 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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Barren 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 9501

  2. Census Tract 9507

  3. Census Tract 9509

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Barren County, KY was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $55,800, followed by Census Tract 9507 and Census Tract 9509, with respective values of $51,299 and $49,710.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Barren County, KY (9.7k out of 42.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    8,753 ± 616

  2. Hispanic

    579 ± 175

  3. Black

    556 ± 197

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Barren County, KY is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

18.4k

2017 Value

± 876

-1.62%

1 Year decline

± 6.84%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Barren County, KY declined at a rate of -1.62%, from 18.7k employees to 18.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Barren County, KY, are Production Occupations (2,893 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,178 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,767 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Barren County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Barren County, KY, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,893 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,178 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,767 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Barren County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.72 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.22 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.85 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Barren County, KY, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($74,917), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($60,197), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,682).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.4k

2017 Value

± 876

-1.62%

1 Year decline

± 6.84%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Barren County, KY declined at a rate of -1.62%, from 18.7k employees to 18.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Barren County, KY, are Manufacturing (4,312 people), Retail Trade (2,352 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,304 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Barren County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Barren 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 Barren County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,312 people), Retail Trade (2,352 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,304 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Barren County, KY has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.84 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.32 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.13 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Barren County, KY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($61,290), Information ($42,576), and Educational Services ($41,675).

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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. $74.6B

  2. $17.8B

  3. $17.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $74.6B, followed by Base metals ($17.8B) and Gasoline ($17.2B).

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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$301B

2020 Value

$398B

Projected 2045 Value

32.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Kentucky trade was $301B. This is expected to increase 32.3% 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. $23.5B

  2. $20.7B

  3. $17.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $23.5B, followed by Indiana with $20.7B and Tennessee and $17.9B.

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

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Health

90.9% of the population of Barren County, KY has health coverage, with 39% on employee plans, 26.9% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 1.16% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Barren County, KY see 1178 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.75% decrease from the previous year (1199 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2933 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 758 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

1,178 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Barren County, KY see an average of 1,178 patients per year. This represents a 1.75% decrease from the previous year (1,199 patients).

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

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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%).

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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

9.07%

Uninsured

39%

Employer Coverage

26.9%

Medicaid

12.6%

Medicare

11.2%

Non-Group

1.16%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Barren County, KY declined by 12.8% from 10.4% to 9.07%.

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

Barren County, KY is home to a population of 43.4k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.89% of Barren County, KY residents were born outside of the country (822 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Barren County, KY is composed of 39.4k White Alone residents (90.7%), 1.67k Black or African American Alone residents (3.86%), 1.32k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.04%), 717 Two or More Races residents (1.65%), 207 Asian Alone residents (0.477%), 96 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.221%), 22 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0507%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 11.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Barren County, KY was 40.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Barren County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Barren County, KY residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.89%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

822 people

1.75%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

758 people

As of 2017, 1.89% of Barren County, KY residents (822 people) 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 Barren County, KY was 1.75%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Kentucky residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

98.4%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.4% of Barren County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Barren County, KY was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    39.4k ± 38

  2. Black or African American Alone

    1.67k ± 168

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.32k ± 210

In 2017, there were 23.5 times more White Alone residents (39.4k people) in Barren County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.67k Black or African American Alone and 1.32k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Barren County, KY as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,053 ± 188

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    298 ± 107

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    298 ± 109

Barren County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Barren County, KY awarded 13 degrees. The student population of Barren County, KY is skewed towards women, with 3 male students and 49 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Barren County, KY are White (11 and 84.6%), followed by Black or African American (2 and 15.4%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Barren County, KY by number of degrees awarded are PJ's College of Cosmetology-Glasgow (13 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Barren County, KY are General Cosmetology (10 and 76.9%), Nail Specialist & Manicurist (2 and 15.4%), and Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (1 and 7.69%).

The median tuition costs in Barren County, KY are $N/A 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. 10 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 2 to 4 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Barren County, KY was General Cosmetology with 10 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 2 to 4 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Barren County, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

13 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Barren County, KY institution with the largest number of graduating students was PJ's College of Cosmetology-Glasgow with 13 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1

Degrees Awarded to Men

12

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Barren County, KY, which is 0.0833 times less than the 12 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    11 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    2 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Barren County, KY were to White students. These 11 degrees mean that there were 5.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Barren County, KY was $110,400 in 2017, which is 0.481 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $108,300 to $110,400, a 1.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Barren County, KY is 66.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Barren County, KY have an average commute time of 19.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Barren County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$110,400

2017 Median

± $5,036

$108,300

2016 Median

± $4,375

In 2017, the median property value in Barren County, KY grew to to $110,400 from the previous year's value of $108,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Barren 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 Barren 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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$39,658

Median Household Income

± $1,505

16.9k

Number of Households

± 813

In 2017, the median household income of the 16.9k households in Barren County, KY grew to $39,658 from the previous year's value of $39,034.

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

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Rent vs Own

66.2%

2017 Homeownership

66.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.2% of the housing units in Barren County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Barren County, KY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Barren County, KY have a shorter commute time (19.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.27% of the workforce in Barren County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.3%

  2. Carpooled

    11.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.13%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Barren County, KY was Drove Alone (80.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.7%) and those who Worked At Home (5.13%).

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 Barren County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Barren County, KY have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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