Barren County, KY

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2022 Population
44,511
0.528% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40.2
0.248% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
21.1%
10.6% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$48,141
8.78% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$156,800
16.1% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Barren County, KY had a population of 44.5k people with a median age of 40.2 and a median household income of $48,141. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Barren County, KY grew from 44,277 to 44,511, a 0.528% increase and its median household income grew from $44,254 to $48,141, a 8.78% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Barren County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.45%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.48%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.93%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.822%).

None of the households in Barren 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 Barren County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Barren County, KY are PJ's College of Cosmetology-Glasgow (23 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Barren County, KY was $156,800, and the homeownership rate was 66.2%.

Most people in Barren County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Barren County, KY was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Barren County, KY is home to a population of 44.5k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.51% of Barren County, KY residents were born outside of the country (1.12k people).

In 2022, there were 25.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.7k people) in Barren County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.54k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.11k 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 Barren County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Barren 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 Barren County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    39.7k ± 181
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.54k ± 236
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.11k ± 246
3.61%
Hispanic Population
1.61k people

In 2022, there were 25.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.7k people) in Barren County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.54k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.11k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.61% of the people in Barren County, KY are hispanic (1.61k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

2.51%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.12k people
2.29%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.01k people

As of 2022, 2.51% of Barren County, KY residents (1.12k 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 Barren County, KY was 2.29%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    751 ± 146
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    371 ± 137
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    207 ± 84

Barren County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Barren County, KY employs 18.7k people. The largest industries in Barren County, KY are Manufacturing (4,085 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,620 people), and Retail Trade (2,026 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($92,321), Utilities ($55,089), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,274).

Occupations

18.7k
2022 Value
± 1,068
2.7%
1 Year growth
± 7.92%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Barren County, KY grew at a rate of 2.7%, from 18.2k employees to 18.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Barren County, KY, are Production Occupations (2,345 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,185 people), and Management Occupations (1,509 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Barren County, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

18.7k
2022 Value
± 1,068
2.7%
1 Year growth
± 7.92%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Barren County, KY grew at a rate of 2.7%, from 18.2k employees to 18.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Barren County, KY, are Manufacturing (4,085 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,620 people), and Retail Trade (2,026 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Barren County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Barren 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

$40,676
Median earning men ± $3,107
$31,855
Median earning women ± $2,025

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,083), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,274), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($56,140).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($68,000), Wholesale Trade ($50,694), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($39,195).

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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. 348
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 252
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 217
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Barren County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 73.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (25.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1%).

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 Barren County, KY awarded 23 degrees. The student population of Barren County, KY in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1 male students and 43 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Barren County, KY are White (18 and 78.3%), followed by Black or African American (2 and 8.7%), Two or More Races (2 and 8.7%), and Hispanic or Latino (1 and 4.35%).

The largest universities in Barren County, KY by number of degrees awarded are PJ's College of Cosmetology-Glasgow (23 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Barren County, KY are General Cosmetology (15 and 65.2%), Nail Specialist & Manicurist (6 and 26.1%), and Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (2 and 8.7%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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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.

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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).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Barren County, KY was $156,800 in 2022, which is 0.556 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $135,100 to $156,800, a 16.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Barren County, KY is 66.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Barren County, KY have an average commute time of 23.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Barren County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Barren County, KY is $48,141. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Barren County, KY was Census Tract 9508 with a value of $65,475, followed by Census Tract 9509 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $58,281 and $51,250.

Property

$156,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,334
$11,654
Median Property Taxes
±$774

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 Barren County, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.2%
Homeownership
2022
64.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66.2% of the housing units in Barren County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9508
  2. Census Tract 9509
  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Barren County, KY was Census Tract 9508 with a value of $65,475, followed by Census Tract 9509 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $58,281 and $51,250.

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

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Household Income

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$48,141
Median Household Income
± $2,420
17.6k
Number of Households
± 981

In 2022, the median household income of the 17.6k households in Barren County, KY grew to $48,141 from the previous year's value of $44,254.

The following chart displays the households in Barren 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Barren 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 (78.7%)
  2. Carpooled (11.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.4%)

In 2022, 78.7% of workers in Barren County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.7%) and those who worked at home (6.4%).

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

23.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Barren County, KY have a shorter commute time (23.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.9% of the workforce in Barren 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 Barren County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Barren County, KY have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

21.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Barren County, KY (9.19k out of 43.5k 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 Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Barren 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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Health

91.3% of the population of Barren County, KY has health coverage, with 39.1% on employee plans, 26.8% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 10.1% on non-group plans, and 1.43% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Barren County, KY see 1264 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.69% decrease from the previous year (1299 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2953 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 615 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.4% were men and 51.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,264 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Barren County, KY

Primary care physicians in Barren County, KY see an average of 1,264 patients per year. This represents a 2.69% decrease from the previous year (1,299 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Barren 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 24.7% under 18 years, 19.1% between 18 and 34 years, 39.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 17% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.4% were men and 51.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.7%
Uninsured
39.1%
Employer Coverage
26.8%
Medicaid
13.8%
Medicare
10.1%
Non-Group
1.43%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Barren County, KY declined by 2.72% from 8.95% to 8.7%.

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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 43.3 in Barren County, KY.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

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 38.4% in Barren 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 8.06% in Barren County, KY.

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