Meade County, KY

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Population

28,452

1.04% decline

Poverty Rate

13.1%


Median Age

37.8


Median Household Income

$53,732

7.39% growth

Number of Employees

11,827

3.42% growth

Median Property Value

$140,800

4.53% growth

About

In 2017, Meade County, KY had a population of 28.5k people with a median age of 37.8 and a median household income of $53,732. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Meade County, KY declined from 28,751 to 28,452, a -1.04% decrease and its median household income grew from $50,034 to $53,732, a 7.39% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Meade County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.16%), White (Hispanic) (2.59%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.18%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.773%). N/A% of the people in Meade County, KY speak a non-English language, and 99.4% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Meade County, KY is $140,800, and the homeownership rate is 71.6%. Most people in Meade County, KY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Meade County, KY is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Meade County, KY employs 11.8k people. The largest industries in Meade County, KY are Manufacturing (1,513 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,470 people), and Construction (1,244 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($71,806), Public Administration ($53,407), and Finance & Insurance ($51,705).

Median household income in Meade County, KY is $53,732. Males in Meade County, KY have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,451. The income inequality in Meade County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,732

2017 value

± $2,389

7.39%

1 Year Growth

± 6.43%

Households in Meade County, KY have a median annual income of $53,732, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,034 in 2016, which represents a 7.39% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,557

Average Male Salary

± $1,518

$41,451

Average Female Salary

± $1,092

In 2017, full-time male employees in Kentucky made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Kentucky by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $55,164 ± $10,370

  2. White

    $43,856 ± $923

  3. American Indian

    $34,557 ± $13,648

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kentucky workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.26 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Meade County, KY is from Kentucky.

0.457

2017 Wage GINI

0.455

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kentucky was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.329% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Kentucky was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kentucky in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Kentucky across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9704.01

  2. Census Tract 9704.02

  3. Census Tract 9705

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Meade County, KY was Census Tract 9704.01 with a value of $60,116, followed by Census Tract 9704.02 and Census Tract 9705, with respective values of $54,347 and $53,614.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Meade County, KY (3.68k out of 28.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Males 35 - 44 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    3,362 ± 343

  2. Black

    117 ± 95

  3. Two Or More

    116 ± 118

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Meade County, KY is White, followed by Black 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

11.8k

2017 Value

± 713

3.42%

1 Year growth

± 8.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Meade County, KY grew at a rate of 3.42%, from 11.4k employees to 11.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Meade County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,427 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,167 people), and Production Occupations (1,164 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Meade County, KY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Meade County, KY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,427 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,167 people), and Production Occupations (1,164 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Meade County, KY has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.98 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.91 times), and Production Occupations (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Meade County, KY, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($71,849), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($58,967), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($58,875).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.8k

2017 Value

± 713

3.42%

1 Year growth

± 8.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Meade County, KY grew at a rate of 3.42%, from 11.4k employees to 11.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Meade County, KY, are Manufacturing (1,513 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,470 people), and Construction (1,244 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Meade County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Meade County, KY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Meade County, KY, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,513 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,470 people), and Construction (1,244 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Meade County, KY has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.25 times higher than expected), Construction (1.68 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.47 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Meade County, KY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($71,806), Public Administration ($53,407), and Finance & Insurance ($51,705).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $74.6B

  2. $17.8B

  3. $17.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $74.6B, followed by Base metals ($17.8B) and Gasoline ($17.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Kentucky products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$301B

2020 Value

$398B

Projected 2045 Value

32.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Kentucky trade was $301B. This is expected to increase 32.3% to $398B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Kentucky trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Kentucky to other states, or from other states to Kentucky.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.5B

  2. $20.7B

  3. $17.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Kentucky domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $23.5B, followed by Indiana with $20.7B and Tennessee and $17.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Kentucky shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.2% of the population of Meade County, KY has health coverage, with 39.1% on employee plans, 16.4% on Medicaid, 8.67% on Medicare, 16% on non-group plans, and 12.1% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Meade County, KY was $8,004 in 2014. This is a 6.11% increase from the previous year ($7,543).

Primary care physicians in Meade County, KY see 4654 patients per year on average, which represents a 11.8% increase from the previous year (4163 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4018 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1004 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Harlan County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18%). Additionally, Leslie County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

4,654 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Meade County, KY see an average of 4,654 patients per year. This represents a 11.8% increase from the previous year (4,163 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Meade County, KY in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,004

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,551

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,016

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,368

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kentucky (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.11%, from $7,543 to $8,004.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.78%

Uninsured

39.1%

Employer Coverage

16.4%

Medicaid

8.67%

Medicare

16%

Non-Group

12.1%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Meade County, KY declined by 28.9% from 10.9% to 7.78%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Meade County, KY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18% prevalence

  2. 17.9% prevalence

  3. 17.8% prevalence

Harlan County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky, at 18%.

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Diversity

Meade County, KY is home to a population of 28.5k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.36% of Meade County, KY residents were born outside of the country (387 people).

In 2017, there were 28.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.5k people) in Meade County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 899 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 738 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 13.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Meade County, KY was 37.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Meade County, KY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Meade County, KY residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.36%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

387 people

1.55%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

445 people

As of 2017, 1.36% of Meade County, KY residents (387 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Meade County, KY was 1.55%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    32,622 ± 4,418 people

  2. India

    10,932 ± 2,564 people

  3. Cuba

    8,780 ± 2,298 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 32,622 Kentucky residents, followed by India with 10,932 and Cuba with 8,780.

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Citizenship

99.4%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.4% of Meade County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Meade County, KY was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Meade County, KY

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    25.5k ± 21

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    899 ± 102

  3. White (Hispanic)

    738 ± 113

In 2017, there were 28.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.5k people) in Meade County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 899 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 738 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,115 ± 227

  2. Vietnam

    915 ± 179

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    787 ± 201

Meade County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Meade County, KY was $140,800 in 2017, which is 0.613 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $134,700 to $140,800, a 4.53% increase. The homeownership rate in Meade County, KY is 71.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Meade County, KY have an average commute time of 29.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Meade County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$140,800

2017 Median

± $8,818

$134,700

2016 Median

± $8,254

In 2017, the median property value in Meade County, KY grew to to $140,800 from the previous year's value of $134,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Meade County, KY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Meade County, KY the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$53,732

Median Household Income

± $2,389

10.8k

Number of Households

± 627

In 2017, the median household income of the 10.8k households in Meade County, KY grew to $53,732 from the previous year's value of $50,034.

The following chart displays the households in Meade 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Meade County, KY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Meade County, KY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

71.6%

2017 Homeownership

72.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.6% of the housing units in Meade County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Meade County, KY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

29.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Meade County, KY have a longer commute time (29.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.49% of the workforce in Meade County, KY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.8%

  2. Carpooled

    8.71%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.93%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Meade County, KY was Drove Alone (86.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.71%) and those who Worked At Home (2.93%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Meade County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Meade County, KY have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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