Muhlenberg County, KY

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Population

31,153

0.202% decline

Median Age

42


Median Household Income

$40,037

1.01% decline

Poverty Rate

20.5%


Number of Employees

11,493

4.18% decline

Median Property Value

$82,000

0.737% growth

About

In 2017, Muhlenberg County, KY had a population of 31.2k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $40,037. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Muhlenberg County, KY declined from 31,216 to 31,153, a -0.202% decrease and its median household income declined from $40,445 to $40,037, a -1.01% decrease.

The population of Muhlenberg County, KY is 92.1% White Alone, 4.87% Black or African American Alone, and 1.49% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Muhlenberg County, KY speak a non-English language, and 99.8% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Muhlenberg County, KY is $82,000, and the homeownership rate is 77.8%. Most people in Muhlenberg County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Muhlenberg County, KY is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Muhlenberg County, KY employs 11.5k people. The largest industries in Muhlenberg County, KY are Manufacturing (1,996 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,602 people), and Retail Trade (1,358 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($74,773), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,330), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($56,678).

Median household income in Muhlenberg County, KY is $40,037. Males in Muhlenberg 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 Muhlenberg County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,037

2017 value

± $2,245

-1.01%

1 Year Growth

± 7.62%

Households in Muhlenberg County, KY have a median annual income of $40,037, 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 $40,445 in 2016, which represents a -1.01% 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.

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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 Muhlenberg 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 9606

  2. Census Tract 9609

  3. Census Tract 9608

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Muhlenberg County, KY was Census Tract 9606 with a value of $52,241, followed by Census Tract 9609 and Census Tract 9608, with respective values of $47,863 and $47,750.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Muhlenberg County, KY (6.22k out of 30.3k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

    5,216 ± 487

  2. Black

    812 ± 322

  3. Two Or More

    121 ± 136

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Muhlenberg County, KY is White, followed by Black 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

11.5k

2017 Value

± 740

-4.18%

1 Year decline

± 9.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Muhlenberg County, KY declined at a rate of -4.18%, from 12k employees to 11.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Muhlenberg County, KY, are Production Occupations (1,333 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,301 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (959 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Muhlenberg County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Muhlenberg County, KY, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,333 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,301 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (959 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Muhlenberg County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (2.31 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.71 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Muhlenberg County, KY, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($65,833), Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($59,567), and Management Occupations ($57,841).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.5k

2017 Value

± 740

-4.18%

1 Year decline

± 9.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Muhlenberg County, KY declined at a rate of -4.18%, from 12k employees to 11.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Muhlenberg County, KY, are Manufacturing (1,996 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,602 people), and Retail Trade (1,358 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Muhlenberg County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Muhlenberg 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 Muhlenberg County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,996 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,602 people), and Retail Trade (1,358 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Muhlenberg County, KY has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (8.84 times higher than expected), Utilities (3.31 times), and Manufacturing (1.72 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Muhlenberg County, KY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($74,773), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,330), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($56,678).

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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

91.7% of the population of Muhlenberg County, KY has health coverage, with 43.8% on employee plans, 21.8% on Medicaid, 16.1% on Medicare, 9.27% on non-group plans, and 0.795% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Muhlenberg County, KY see 2599 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.39% decrease from the previous year (2837 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3103 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2821 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

2,599 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Muhlenberg County, KY see an average of 2,599 patients per year. This represents a 8.39% decrease from the previous year (2,837 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Muhlenberg 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%).

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Access and Quality

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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

8.29%

Uninsured

43.8%

Employer Coverage

21.8%

Medicaid

16.1%

Medicare

9.27%

Non-Group

0.795%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Muhlenberg County, KY declined by 15% from 9.76% to 8.29%.

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

Muhlenberg County, KY is home to a population of 31.2k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.626% of Muhlenberg County, KY residents were born outside of the country (195 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Muhlenberg County, KY is composed of 28.7k White Alone residents (92.1%), 1.52k Black or African American Alone residents (4.87%), 463 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.49%), 310 Two or More Races residents (0.995%), 76 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.244%), 71 Asian Alone residents (0.228%), 7 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0225%), and 4 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0128%).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Muhlenberg County, KY was 42. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Muhlenberg County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Muhlenberg County, KY residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.626%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

195 people

0.551%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

172 people

As of 2017, 0.626% of Muhlenberg County, KY residents (195 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 Muhlenberg County, KY was 0.551%, 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

99.8%

2017 Citizenship

99.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.8% of Muhlenberg County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Muhlenberg County, KY was 99.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    28.7k ± 7

  2. Black or African American Alone

    1.52k ± 106

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    463 ± 214

In 2017, there were 18.9 times more White Alone residents (28.7k people) in Muhlenberg County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.52k Black or African American Alone and 463 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    753 ± 153

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    205 ± 120

  3. Korea

    181 ± 80

Muhlenberg County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.67 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Muhlenberg County, KY was $82,000 in 2017, which is 0.357 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $81,400 to $82,000, a 0.737% increase. The homeownership rate in Muhlenberg County, KY is 77.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Muhlenberg County, KY have an average commute time of 23.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Muhlenberg County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$82,000

2017 Median

± $5,058

$81,400

2016 Median

± $5,034

In 2017, the median property value in Muhlenberg County, KY grew to to $82,000 from the previous year's value of $81,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Muhlenberg 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 Muhlenberg 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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$40,037

Median Household Income

± $2,245

11.4k

Number of Households

± 653

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.4k households in Muhlenberg County, KY declined from $40,037 from the previous year's value of $40,445.

The following chart displays the households in Muhlenberg 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

77.8%

2017 Homeownership

79.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.8% of the housing units in Muhlenberg County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 79.5%.

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

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Commute Time

23.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Muhlenberg County, KY have a shorter commute time (23.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.84% of the workforce in Muhlenberg County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    89.1%

  2. Carpooled

    8.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    1%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Muhlenberg County, KY was Drove Alone (89.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.4%) and those who Worked At Home (1%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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