Kentucky Fact Sheet

This information was compiled from data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau on the USA Quickfacts website (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21000.html), and the U.S. Census Bureau's Factfinder website (http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en).

 

 

Income

  • Median income per Kentucky household is $40,061 (compared to the national median of $50,221) (Quickfacts-2009)
  • 18.4% of residents live below the poverty level (compared to 13.5% nationally) (Quickfacts-2009, Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 23.6% of children under 18 live below the poverty level (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 31% of female-headed households with children under 18 live below the poverty level (Factfinder-2005-2009)

 

Education

  • 19.7% of residents 25 years or older do not have a high school degree or GED (compared to 15.5% nationally) (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 20% of residents 25 years or older have at least a bachelor’s degree (compared to 27.5% nationally) (Quickfacts-2005-2009)
  • 8.5% of residents 25 years or older have less than a 9th grade education (Factfinder-2005-2009)

 

Employment

  • 70.3% of nondisabled Kentucky residents age 16 – 64 are employed (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • Average travel time to work for Kentucky residents is 22.5 minutes (Quickfacts-2009)
  • 81.5% of Kentuckians drive to work and do not carpool (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 11% drive to work and do carpool (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 2.5% walk or bike to work (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 1.1% of Kentuckians travel to work via public transportation (Factfinder-2005-2009)

 

Race / Ethnicity

  • 87.8% of Kentucky residents are Caucasian (compared to 72.4% of the total U.S. population) (Quickfacts-2010)
  • 7.8% of residents are African American (compared to 12.6% of the total U.S. population) (Quickfacts-2010)
  • 4.5% of residents are Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander or of Hispanic origin (Quickfacts-2010)
  • 2.8% of Kentucky residents were born in another country (compared to 12.4% of the total U.S. population) (Quickfacts-2005-2009)

 

Housing

  • 70.2% of Kentucky residents own the home they live in (compared to 66.9% nationally) (Quickfacts-2005-2009)
  • 62.5% of owner-occupied homes in Kentucky carry a mortgage (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • The median monthly housing costs for owner-occupied housing units with a Mortgage in Kentucky is $1058 per month (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 27.4% of home owners pay 30% or more of household income for housing costs (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • The median monthly housing costs for renter-occupied housing units in Kentucky is $584 per month (Factfinder-2005-2009)
  • 20.5% of renters pay 3% or more of household income for housing costs (Factfinder-2005-2009)

 

Health Insurance

  • An estimated 15.3% of Kentucky residents do not have health insurance (Factfinder-2010)
  • As estimated 6% of Kentucky children (under 18) do not have health insurance (Factfinder-2010)
 

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