Appalachian Kentucky Fact Sheet

This information was compiled from data provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission website (, and the U.S. Census Bureau's Factfinder website (




  • Median income in the region is $29,105 (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • Per capita income for residents of Appalachian Kentucky is $24,899 (ARC-2008)
  • 24.5% of residents in this region live below the poverty level (compared to the national level of 13.5%) (ARC-2005-2009)
  • The average rate of children under the poverty line in Appalachian Kentucky is 33.4% (Factfinder-2005-2009)



  • 30.9% of Appalachian Kentucky residents 25 and older do not have a high school diploma or GED (compared to 15.5% for the US as a whole) (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • Only 11.2% of adults 25 and older in the region have at least a bachelor degree (compared to the national level of 27.4%) (Factfinder-2005-2009)



  • Unemployment in the region has grown for a number of years, rising from a 7.4% unemployment rate in 2003 to 8.4% in 2009. The national unemployment rate in 2009 was 6.6%. (ARC-2007-2009)
  • Average travel time to work for Appalachian Kentucky residents is 25.7 minutes (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 80.4% of Appalachian Kentuckians drive to work and do not carpool (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • On average, less than 1% of Appalachian Kentuckians travel to work via public transportation (Factfinder-2005-2009)


Race / Ethnicity

  • 94.8% of Appalachian Kentucky residents are Caucasian (compared to 75.1% of the total U.S. population) (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 1.8% of residents are African American (compared to 12.3% of the total U.S. population) (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • Less than 1% of residents are Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander or of Hispanic origin (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • Less than 1% of Kentucky residents were born in another country (compared to 12.4% of the total U.S. population) (Factfinder-2005-2009)



  • 74.5% of inhabited homes in Appalachian Kentucky are owner-occupied (Factfinder-2005-2009)

Counties within Appalachian Kentucky: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliot, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrand, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, and Wayne. (ARC)

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