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 4,461,952 residents in Kentucky, with a median age of 39. Of this, 49.23% are males and 50.77% 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 3,770,999 people in Kentucky currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 4,461,952 0.3%
Male Population 2,196,522 0.3%
Female Population 2,265,430 0.3%
Male population 49.23%
Female population 50.77%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 39 0.3%
Citizen US Born 4,251,554 0.2%
Citizen not US Born 105,526 4.8%
Not Citizen 104,872 1.4%
Citizen US Born 95.28%
Citizen not US Born 2.37%
Not Citizen 2.35%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 15,027 -2.8%
Moved from Same County 357,387 -4.1%
Moved from Same State 162,538 -3.9%
Moved from Different State 105,602 -2.4%
Same House as Last Year 3,770,999 1.0%
Moved from Abroad 0.34%
Moved from Same County 8.1%
Moved from Same State 3.68%
Moved from Different State 2.39%
Same House as Last Year 85.48%

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 167,828 entrepreneurs in Kentucky (8.42% of the workforce); 1,386,638 workers employed in private companies (69.54%); and 284,879 people working in governmental institutions (14.29%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 1,446,869 1.0%
Blue Collar 547,020 0.2%
White Collar 72.57%
Blue Collar 27.43%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 167,828 2.0%
Private Companies 1,386,638 0.5%
Governmental Workers 284,879 1.2%
Not for Profit Companies 154,544 1.4%
Self Employees 8.42%
Private Companies 69.54%
Governmental Workers 14.29%
Not for Profit Companies 7.75%

How many households are there in Kentucky?

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There are a total of 1,748,053 households in Kentucky, each made up of around 2 members. Family establishments represent 65.16% of these Kentucky households, while non-family units account for the remaining 34.84%. Additionally, 30.94% of households have children and 69.06% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 1,748,053 0.8%
Average People Per Household 2 -0.4%
Family Households 1,139,116 0.3%
Non-family Households 608,937 1.7%
Family Households 65.16%
Non-family Households 34.84%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 540,810 0.3%
Households without Children 1,207,243 1.0%
Households with Children 30.94%
Households without Children 69.06%

What are the median and average incomes in Kentucky?

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The average annual household income in Kentucky is $72,318, while the median household income sits at $52,238 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $60,629, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $61,430. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $30,975 and $39,202, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $72,318 3.1%
Median Household Income $52,238 3.3%
People below Poverty Level 705,004 -3.9%
People above Poverty Level 3,569,125 1.2%

How many homeowners and renters are there in Kentucky?

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There are 1,994,554 housing units in Kentucky, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1980. Of the 1,748,053 occupied housing units in Kentucky, 67.56% are owner-occupied, while 32.44% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 57.2% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $161,600. In general, housing costs reach $790 per month in Kentucky.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 1,994,554 0.5%
Median Year Built 1980 0.0%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 190,982 -1.6%
Built between 1940 and 1949 84,900 -3.0%
Built between 1950 and 1959 181,371 0.1%
Built between 1960 and 1969 213,981 -0.4%
Built between 1970 and 1979 325,967 0.1%
Built between 1980 and 1989 249,852 0.3%
Built between 1990 and 1999 340,721 0.8%
Built between 2000 and 2009 285,676 -2.3%
Built in 2010 or Later 121,104 19.4%
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 1,748,053 0.8%
Owner Occupied 1,181,021 1.3%
Renter Occupied 567,032 -0.3%
Owner Occupied 67.56%
Renter Occupied 32.44%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 675,577 0.3%
Without Mortgage 505,444 2.6%
Median Value with Mortgage $161,600 3.9%
Median Value without Mortgage $118,200 4.2%
Median Housing Costs per Month $790 1.5%
With Mortgage 57.2%
Without Mortgage 42.8%

What is the level of education in Kentucky?

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Approximately 41.21% of the population in Kentucky holds a high school degree (that's 1,423,499 residents), while 22.96% have attained a college certificate (895,321 locals) and 14.03% have a bachelor's degree (484,791 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 158,864 -7.8%
Some High School 1,423,499 -1.1%
Some College 895,321 1.7%
Associate Degree 279,789 3.5%
Bachelor's Degree 484,791 4.7%
Graduate Degree 314,222 3.0%
No High School 4.6%
Some High School 41.21%
Some College 22.96%
Associate Degree 8.1%
Bachelor's Degree 14.03%
Graduate Degree 9.1%

What is the marital status of Kentucky residents?

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A total of 1,051,533 people in Kentucky have never been married (which represents 29% of the total population), while 1,861,083 of them are wedded (51.33%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 71,613 (1.98%) and 471,854 (13.01%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 1,051,533 1.1%
Married 1,861,083 0.1%
Separated 71,613 -4.9%
Widowed 241,325 0.7%
Divorced 471,854 -0.2%
Never Married 29%
Married 51.33%
Separated 1.98%
Widowed 6.66%
Divorced 13.01%

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 1,772,784 residents commute by car, 41,798 prefer going to work by walking and 17,860 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 1,772,784 -0.7%
Bus or TrolleyBus 17,860 -8.0%
Subway or Elevated 90 N/A
Railroad 84 -15.2%
Ferryboat 173 -5.0%
Bicycle 3,496 -7.0%
Motorcycle 1,527 -8.3%
TaxiCab 1,424 8.9%
Walk 41,798 -0.6%

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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