Jefferson County, KY

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2022 Population
779,232
0.156% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.5
0.26% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.1%
2.83% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$66,296
7.57% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$222,200
16.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
391,362
0.129% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Jefferson County, KY had a population of 779k people with a median age of 38.5 and a median household income of $66,296. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Jefferson County, KY declined from 780,449 to 779,232, a −0.156% decrease and its median household income grew from $61,633 to $66,296, a 7.57% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Jefferson County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (65.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (21.7%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.41%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.97%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.42%).

None of the households in Jefferson 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.

95.2% of the residents in Jefferson County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jefferson County, KY are University of Louisville (5,751 degrees awarded in 2022), Jefferson Community and Technical College (4,096 degrees), and Galen College of Nursing-Louisville (156471) (1,166 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Jefferson County, KY was $222,200, and the homeownership rate was 61.8%.

Most people in Jefferson County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Jefferson County, KY was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Jefferson County, KY is home to a population of 779k people, from which 95.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.34% of Jefferson County, KY residents were born outside of the country (65k people).

In 2022, there were 3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (507k people) in Jefferson County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 169k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 26.6k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.2%
2022 Citizenship
95.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.2% of Jefferson County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Jefferson County, KY was 95.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Jefferson County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    507k ± 1.14k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    169k ± 1.54k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    26.6k ± 1.87k
6.29%
Hispanic Population
49k people

In 2022, there were 3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (507k people) in Jefferson County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 169k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 26.6k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.29% of the people in Jefferson County, KY are hispanic (49k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    28,651 ± 4,142 people
  2. Cuba
    14,970 ± 2,999 people
  3. India
    12,312 ± 2,720 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 28,651 Kentucky residents, followed by Cuba with 14,970 and India with 12,312.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.34%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
65k people
8.5%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
66.3k people

As of 2022, 8.34% of Jefferson County, KY residents (65k 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 Jefferson County, KY was 8.5%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    13,072 ± 940
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    7,377 ± 852
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    7,145 ± 776

Jefferson County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Jefferson County, KY employs 391k people. The largest industries in Jefferson County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (55,879 people), Manufacturing (46,607 people), and Retail Trade (42,297 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($111,202), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($75,595), and Utilities ($75,102).

Males in Kentucky have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,220. The income inequality in Kentucky (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

391k
2022 Value
± 5,110
0.129%
1 Year growth
± 1.86%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Jefferson County, KY grew at a rate of 0.129%, from 391k employees to 391k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jefferson County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (44,403 people), Management Occupations (40,315 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (36,639 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

391k
2022 Value
± 5,110
0.129%
1 Year growth
± 1.86%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Jefferson County, KY grew at a rate of 0.129%, from 391k employees to 391k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jefferson County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (55,879 people), Manufacturing (46,607 people), and Retail Trade (42,297 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Jefferson County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Jefferson 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

$48,764
Median earning men ± $1,129
$38,486
Median earning women ± $787

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($78,445), Public Administration ($63,070), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($60,783).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,439), Public Administration ($45,759), and Construction ($44,513).

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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. 9,031
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 5,836
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 4,874
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Jefferson County, KY went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 59.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (39%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.24%).

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 Jefferson County, KY awarded 14,943 degrees. The student population of Jefferson County, KY in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 21,112 male students and 29,867 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jefferson County, KY are White (10,100 and 69%), followed by Black or African American (1,953 and 13.3%), Hispanic or Latino (954 and 6.52%), and Two or More Races (639 and 4.37%).

The largest universities in Jefferson County, KY by number of degrees awarded are University of Louisville (5,751 and 38.5%), Jefferson Community and Technical College (4,096 and 27.4%), and Galen College of Nursing-Louisville (156471) (1,166 and 7.8%).

The most popular majors in Jefferson County, KY are Registered Nursing (1,790 and 12%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (813 and 5.44%), and General Computer & Information Sciences (792 and 5.3%).

The median tuition costs in Jefferson County, KY are $21,454 for private four year colleges, and $12,324 and $28,670 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Jefferson County, KY, the percentage of applicants admitted was 83.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 22.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 50,979 (41.4% men and 58.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 50,979 students enrolled in Jefferson County, KY, 41.4% men and 58.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 31,141 records, of which 56.3% were women and 43.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,232 degrees awarded
  2. 318 degrees awarded
  3. 162 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Jefferson County, KY was Registered Nursing with 1,232 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Jefferson County, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 5,751 degrees awarded
  2. 4,096 degrees awarded
  3. 1,166 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Louisville with 5,751 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 6,599 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jefferson County, KY, which is 0.791 times less than the 8,344 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 10,100 degrees mean that there were 5.17 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,953 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($21,454) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($750) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($3,416) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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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Race

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 Jefferson County, KY was $222,200 in 2022, which is 0.788 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $190,700 to $222,200, a 16.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Jefferson County, KY is 61.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Jefferson County, KY have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Jefferson County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Jefferson County, KY is $66,296. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Jefferson County, KY was Census Tract 103.17 with a value of $174,118, followed by Census Tract 75.01 and Census Tract 87, with respective values of $166,823 and $161,406.

In 2022, 14.5% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Jefferson County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.781%.

Property

$222,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,394
$202,118
Median Property Taxes
±$3,218

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 Jefferson County, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

61.8%
Homeownership
2022
63.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 61.8% of the housing units in Jefferson County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 103.17
  2. Census Tract 75.01
  3. Census Tract 87

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jefferson County, KY was Census Tract 103.17 with a value of $174,118, followed by Census Tract 75.01 and Census Tract 87, with respective values of $166,823 and $161,406.

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

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Household Income

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$66,296
Median Household Income
± $937
327k
Number of Households
± 4,540

In 2022, the median household income of the 327k households in Jefferson County, KY grew to $66,296 from the previous year's value of $61,633.

The following chart displays the households in Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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 (75.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.8%)
  3. Carpooled (7.89%)

In 2022, 75.8% of workers in Jefferson County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.8%) and those who carpooled to work (7.89%).

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Jefferson County, KY have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.36% of the workforce in Jefferson County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14.5% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Jefferson County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.781%.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jefferson County, KY (108k out of 764k 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 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Jefferson County, KY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 15.4% of the children was living in poverty in Jefferson County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 10.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 612 in Jefferson County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 32 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.7% of the population of Jefferson County, KY has health coverage, with 49.1% on employee plans, 20.5% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 1.21% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Jefferson County, KY see 1065 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.653% decrease from the previous year (1072 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 946 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 292 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,065 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Jefferson County, KY

Primary care physicians in Jefferson County, KY see an average of 1,065 patients per year. This represents a 0.653% decrease from the previous year (1,072 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Jefferson 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 23.3% under 18 years, 22.2% between 18 and 34 years, 38.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.35%
Uninsured
49.1%
Employer Coverage
20.5%
Medicaid
12.6%
Medicare
11.2%
Non-Group
1.21%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jefferson County, KY grew by 1.27% from 5.28% to 5.35%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 61.1 in Jefferson 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 33.5% in Jefferson County, KY.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.13% in Jefferson County, KY.

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