Simpson County, KY

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Population

17,881

0.14% growth

Poverty Rate

17.4%


Median Age

39.8


Median Household Income

$44,989

6.39% growth

Number of Employees

7,888

0.574% growth

Median Property Value

$130,500

9.02% growth

About

In 2017, Simpson County, KY had a population of 17.9k people with a median age of 39.8 and a median household income of $44,989. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Simpson County, KY grew from 17,856 to 17,881, a 0.14% increase and its median household income grew from $42,288 to $44,989, a 6.39% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Simpson County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (85.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (9.52%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (1.35%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (0.995%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.984%). N/A% of the people in Simpson County, KY speak a non-English language, and 98.8% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Simpson County, KY is $130,500, and the homeownership rate is 63%. Most people in Simpson County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Simpson County, KY is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Simpson County, KY employs 7.89k people. The largest industries in Simpson County, KY are Manufacturing (2,019 people), Retail Trade (945 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (878 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,250), Utilities ($50,667), and Information ($48,654).

Median household income in Simpson County, KY is $44,989. Males in Simpson 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 Simpson County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,989

2017 value

± $4,615

6.39%

1 Year Growth

± 12.7%

Households in Simpson County, KY have a median annual income of $44,989, 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 $42,288 in 2016, which represents a 6.39% 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 Simpson 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 9701

  2. Census Tract 9702

  3. Census Tract 9704

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Simpson County, KY was Census Tract 9701 with a value of $59,844, followed by Census Tract 9702 and Census Tract 9704, with respective values of $48,636 and $43,577.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Simpson County, KY (3.03k out of 17.4k 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 Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

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

    2,482 ± 359

  2. Black

    321 ± 151

  3. Hispanic

    225 ± 111

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

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

7.89k

2017 Value

± 591

0.574%

1 Year growth

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Simpson County, KY grew at a rate of 0.574%, from 7.84k employees to 7.89k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Simpson County, KY, are Production Occupations (1,322 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,250 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (729 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Simpson County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Simpson County, KY, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,322 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,250 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (729 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Simpson County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.89 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.23 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.18 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Simpson County, KY, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,396), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($53,364), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($48,516).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.89k

2017 Value

± 591

0.574%

1 Year growth

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Simpson County, KY grew at a rate of 0.574%, from 7.84k employees to 7.89k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Simpson County, KY, are Manufacturing (2,019 people), Retail Trade (945 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (878 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Simpson County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Simpson 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 Simpson County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (2,019 people), Retail Trade (945 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (878 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Simpson County, KY has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.53 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.5 times), and Utilities (1.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Simpson County, KY, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,250), Utilities ($50,667), and Information ($48,654).

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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

90.7% of the population of Simpson County, KY has health coverage, with 44.6% on employee plans, 15.1% on Medicaid, 16% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 2.17% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Simpson County, KY see 2251 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.03% increase from the previous year (2228 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1808 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1064 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

2,251 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Simpson County, KY see an average of 2,251 patients per year. This represents a 1.03% increase from the previous year (2,228 patients).

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

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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

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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

9.34%

Uninsured

44.6%

Employer Coverage

15.1%

Medicaid

16%

Medicare

12.9%

Non-Group

2.17%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Simpson County, KY declined by 19.1% from 11.5% to 9.34%.

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

Simpson County, KY is home to a population of 17.9k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.91% of Simpson County, KY residents were born outside of the country (342 people).

In 2017, there were 8.98 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.3k people) in Simpson County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 241 Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Simpson County, KY was 39.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Simpson County, KY are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Simpson County, KY residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.91%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

342 people

1.67%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

299 people

As of 2017, 1.91% of Simpson County, KY residents (342 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 Simpson County, KY was 1.67%, 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

98.8%

2017 Citizenship

98.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.8% of Simpson County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Simpson County, KY was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Simpson County, KY

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    15.3k ± 18

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    1.7k ± 216

  3. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    241 ± 89

In 2017, there were 8.98 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.3k people) in Simpson County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 241 Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    292 ± 85

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    183 ± 100

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    142 ± 71

Simpson County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Simpson County, KY was $130,500 in 2017, which is 0.568 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $119,700 to $130,500, a 9.02% increase. The homeownership rate in Simpson County, KY is 63%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Simpson County, KY have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Simpson County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$130,500

2017 Median

± $8,497

$119,700

2016 Median

± $9,453

In 2017, the median property value in Simpson County, KY grew to to $130,500 from the previous year's value of $119,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Simpson 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 Simpson County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Household Income

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$44,989

Median Household Income

± $4,615

6.9k

Number of Households

± 535

In 2017, the median household income of the 6.9k households in Simpson County, KY grew to $44,989 from the previous year's value of $42,288.

The following chart displays the households in Simpson 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 $25k - $30k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

63%

2017 Homeownership

62.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63% of the housing units in Simpson County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.8%.

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

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Commute Time

19 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Simpson County, KY have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.493% of the workforce in Simpson County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    88.4%

  2. Carpooled

    6.18%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.46%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Simpson County, KY was Drove Alone (88.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.18%) and those who Worked At Home (2.46%).

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

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