Pulaski County, KY

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2022 Population
65,145
0.661% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.8
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
21.4%
6.89% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$48,768
14.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$140,400
16.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
27,268
2.87% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Pulaski County, KY had a population of 65.1k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $48,768. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Pulaski County, KY grew from 64,717 to 65,145, a 0.661% increase and its median household income grew from $42,652 to $48,768, a 14.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Pulaski County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (93.3%), White (Hispanic) (2.15%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.97%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.912%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.843%).

None of the households in Pulaski 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.

98.7% of the residents in Pulaski County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pulaski County, KY are Somerset Community College (2,625 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Pulaski County, KY was $140,400, and the homeownership rate was 72.2%.

Most people in Pulaski County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Pulaski County, KY was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Pulaski County, KY is home to a population of 65.1k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.15% of Pulaski County, KY residents were born outside of the country (1.4k people).

In 2022, there were 43.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (60.8k people) in Pulaski County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.4k White (Hispanic) and 1.28k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.7%
2022 Citizenship
98.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.7% of Pulaski County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Pulaski County, KY was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Pulaski County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    60.8k ± 245
  2. White (Hispanic)
    1.4k ± 187
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.28k ± 271
2.69%
Hispanic Population
1.75k people

In 2022, there were 43.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (60.8k people) in Pulaski County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.4k White (Hispanic) and 1.28k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.69% of the people in Pulaski County, KY are hispanic (1.75k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    28,651 ± 4,142 people
  2. Cuba
    14,970 ± 2,999 people
  3. India
    12,312 ± 2,720 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 28,651 Kentucky residents, followed by Cuba with 14,970 and India with 12,312.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.15%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.4k people
2%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.29k people

As of 2022, 2.15% of Pulaski County, KY residents (1.4k 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 Pulaski County, KY was 2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,774 ± 308
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    590 ± 294
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    505 ± 163

Pulaski County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Pulaski County, KY employs 27.3k people. The largest industries in Pulaski County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,813 people), Retail Trade (3,874 people), and Manufacturing (3,575 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($104,750), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,375), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,310).

Males in Kentucky have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,220. The income inequality in Kentucky (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

27.3k
2022 Value
± 1,353
2.87%
1 Year growth
± 6.95%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Pulaski County, KY grew at a rate of 2.87%, from 26.5k employees to 27.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pulaski County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,727 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,098 people), and Production Occupations (2,158 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

27.3k
2022 Value
± 1,353
2.87%
1 Year growth
± 6.95%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Pulaski County, KY grew at a rate of 2.87%, from 26.5k employees to 27.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pulaski County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,813 people), Retail Trade (3,874 people), and Manufacturing (3,575 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pulaski County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Pulaski 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

$41,676
Median earning men ± $2,098
$28,844
Median earning women ± $2,396

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,250), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,468), and Public Administration ($46,762).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($46,750), Public Administration ($45,029), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,750).

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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. 696
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 394
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 353
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Pulaski County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 80.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (18%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.02%).

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 2022, universities in Pulaski County, KY awarded 2,625 degrees. The student population of Pulaski County, KY in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,213 male students and 3,316 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pulaski County, KY are White (2,482 and 94.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (56 and 2.14%), Two or More Races (44 and 1.68%), and Asian (16 and 0.61%).

The largest universities in Pulaski County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Somerset Community College (2,625 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Pulaski County, KY are Liberal Arts & Sciences (317 and 12.1%), General Business Administration & Management (280 and 10.7%), and Electrician (265 and 10.1%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 5,529 students enrolled in Pulaski County, KY, 40% men and 60% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 5,082 records, of which 60% were women and 40% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 48 degrees awarded
  2. 44 degrees awarded
  3. 317 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Pulaski County, KY was General Business Administration & Management with 48 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Pulaski County, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
2,625 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Somerset Community College with 2,625 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 1,403 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pulaski County, KY, which is 1.15 times more than the 1,222 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,482 degrees mean that there were 44.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 56 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($4,368) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($192) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,078) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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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).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pulaski County, KY was $140,400 in 2022, which is 0.498 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $120,500 to $140,400, a 16.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Pulaski County, KY is 72.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Pulaski County, KY have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Pulaski County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Pulaski County, KY is $48,768. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Pulaski County, KY was Census Tract 9311.01 with a value of $47,873, followed by Census Tract 9307 and Census Tract 9309, with respective values of $46,313 and $44,643.

In 2022, 15% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Pulaski County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.2%.

Property

$140,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,616
$18,576
Median Property Taxes
±$1,059

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pulaski County, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

72.2%
Homeownership
2022
65.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 72.2% of the housing units in Pulaski County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9311.01
  2. Census Tract 9307
  3. Census Tract 9309

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pulaski County, KY was Census Tract 9311.01 with a value of $47,873, followed by Census Tract 9307 and Census Tract 9309, with respective values of $46,313 and $44,643.

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

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Household Income

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$48,768
Median Household Income
± $2,292
25.7k
Number of Households
± 1,263

In 2022, the median household income of the 25.7k households in Pulaski County, KY grew to $48,768 from the previous year's value of $42,652.

The following chart displays the households in Pulaski 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Pulaski 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 (85.8%)
  2. Carpooled (8.68%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.64%)

In 2022, 85.8% of workers in Pulaski County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.68%) and those who worked at home (3.64%).

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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Commute Time

22.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pulaski County, KY have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.87% of the workforce in Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Pulaski County, KY have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Pulaski County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.2%.

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Poverty & Diversity

21.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pulaski County, KY (13.6k out of 63.8k 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 Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Pulaski 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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 26.5% of the children was living in poverty in Pulaski County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 4.7%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 119 in Pulaski County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 6.78 per 100,000 population.

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Health

93.3% of the population of Pulaski County, KY has health coverage, with 36.9% on employee plans, 29.4% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.78% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Pulaski County, KY see 1300 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.619% increase from the previous year (1292 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1337 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 262 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,300 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pulaski County, KY

Primary care physicians in Pulaski County, KY see an average of 1,300 patients per year. This represents a 0.619% increase from the previous year (1,292 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pulaski 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 23.6% under 18 years, 17.9% between 18 and 34 years, 39.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.73%
Uninsured
36.9%
Employer Coverage
29.4%
Medicaid
13.5%
Medicare
11.7%
Non-Group
1.78%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pulaski County, KY grew by 5.12% from 6.4% to 6.73%.

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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 57.2 in Pulaski 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 37% in Pulaski 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 9.35% in Pulaski County, KY.

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