Kentucky Demographics

Population - Employment - Households - Income / Financial - Housing - Education - Marital Status - Means of Transport to Work

What is the population of Kentucky?

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There are 4,473,809 residents in Kentucky, with a median age of 42. Of this, 49.27% are males and 50.73% are females. US-born citizens make up 95.28% of the resident pool in Kentucky, while non-US-born citizens account for 2.37%. Additionally, 2.35% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 3,778,922 people in Kentucky currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 4,473,809 0.3%
Male Population 2,204,123 0.3%
Female Population 2,269,686 0.3%
Male population 49.27%
Female population 50.73%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 42 0.0%
Citizen US Born 4,262,500 0.2%
Citizen not US Born 106,188 4.8%
Not Citizen 105,121 1.5%
Citizen US Born 95.28%
Citizen not US Born 2.37%
Not Citizen 2.35%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 15,276 -2.9%
Moved from Same County 357,889 -4.0%
Moved from Same State 163,485 -3.9%
Moved from Different State 107,633 -2.1%
Same House as Last Year 3,778,922 1.0%
Moved from Abroad 0.35%
Moved from Same County 8.09%
Moved from Same State 3.7%
Moved from Different State 2.43%
Same House as Last Year 85.43%

What are the employment statistics in Kentucky?

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White-collar workers make up 72.57% of the working population in Kentucky, while blue-collar employees account for 27.43%. There are also 168,064 entrepreneurs in Kentucky (8.42% of the workforce); 1,387,655 workers employed in private companies (69.53%); and 285,388 people working in governmental institutions (14.3%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 1,448,364 1.0%
Blue Collar 547,452 0.2%
White Collar 72.57%
Blue Collar 27.43%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 168,064 2.0%
Private Companies 1,387,655 0.5%
Governmental Workers 285,388 1.2%
Not for Profit Companies 154,709 1.5%
Self Employees 8.42%
Private Companies 69.53%
Governmental Workers 14.3%
Not for Profit Companies 7.75%

How many households are there in Kentucky?

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There are a total of 1,751,032 households in Kentucky, each made up of around 3 members. Family establishments represent 65.18% of these Kentucky households, while non-family units account for the remaining 34.82%. Additionally, 30.97% of households have children and 69.03% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 1,751,032 0.8%
Average People Per Household 3 0.0%
Family Households 1,141,273 0.3%
Non-family Households 609,759 1.7%
Family Households 65.18%
Non-family Households 34.82%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 542,278 0.3%
Households without Children 1,208,754 1.0%
Households with Children 30.97%
Households without Children 69.03%

What are the median and average incomes in Kentucky?

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The average annual household income in Kentucky is $59,688, while the median household income sits at $45,695 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $58,714, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $52,742. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $36,250 and $35,897, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $59,688 2.9%
Median Household Income $45,695 6.8%
People below Poverty Level 706,196 -3.9%
People above Poverty Level 3,575,513 1.2%

How many homeowners and renters are there in Kentucky?

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There are 1,998,119 housing units in Kentucky, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1981. Of the 1,751,032 occupied housing units in Kentucky, 67.48% are owner-occupied, while 32.52% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 57.19% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $126,650. In general, housing costs reach $590 per month in Kentucky.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 1,998,119 0.5%
Median Year Built 1981 0.0%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 191,104 -1.6%
Built between 1940 and 1949 85,046 -3.0%
Built between 1950 and 1959 181,647 0.0%
Built between 1960 and 1969 214,436 -0.4%
Built between 1970 and 1979 326,664 0.1%
Built between 1980 and 1989 250,383 0.4%
Built between 1990 and 1999 341,082 0.8%
Built between 2000 and 2009 286,417 -2.2%
Built in 2010 or Later 121,340 19.2%
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 1,751,032 0.8%
Owner Occupied 1,181,682 1.3%
Renter Occupied 569,350 -0.3%
Owner Occupied 67.48%
Renter Occupied 32.52%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 675,767 0.3%
Without Mortgage 505,915 2.6%
Median Value with Mortgage $126,650 6.1%
Median Value without Mortgage $85,700 2.8%
Median Housing Costs per Month $590 0.5%
With Mortgage 57.19%
Without Mortgage 42.81%

What is the level of education in Kentucky?

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Approximately 40.05% of the population in Kentucky holds a high school degree (that's 1,427,965 residents), while 25.17% have attained a college certificate (897,543 locals) and 13.62% have a bachelor's degree (485,433 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 159,319 -7.8%
Some High School 1,427,965 -1.1%
Some College 897,543 1.7%
Associate Degree 280,456 3.5%
Bachelor's Degree 485,433 4.6%
Graduate Degree 314,550 3.0%
No High School 4.47%
Some High School 40.05%
Some College 25.17%
Associate Degree 7.87%
Bachelor's Degree 13.62%
Graduate Degree 8.82%

What is the marital status of Kentucky residents?

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A total of 1,055,580 people in Kentucky have never been married (which represents 28.47% of the total population), while 1,865,126 of them are wedded (50.31%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 71,900 (1.94%) and 472,903 (12.76%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 1,055,580 1.1%
Married 1,865,126 0.1%
Separated 71,900 -4.8%
Widowed 241,616 0.6%
Divorced 472,903 -0.2%
Never Married 28.47%
Married 50.31%
Separated 1.94%
Widowed 6.52%
Divorced 12.76%

What are the most common means of transportation in Kentucky?

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The top three means of transportation people in Kentucky use to get to work are: car, walking and bus or trolley bus. A total of 1,776,643 residents commute by car, 42,146 prefer going to work by walking and 17,866 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 1,776,643 -0.7%
Bus or TrolleyBus 17,866 -8.1%
Railroad 84 -15.2%
Ferryboat 173 -5.0%
Bicycle 3,503 -7.0%
Motorcycle 1,527 -8.3%
TaxiCab 1,424 8.9%
Walk 42,146 -0.8%

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2020 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.

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