Simpson County, KY

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2022 Population
19,574
1.29% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.2
0.513% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.2%
13.8% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$55,907
4.66% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$178,600
16.6% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Simpson County, KY had a population of 19.6k people with a median age of 39.2 and a median household income of $55,907. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Simpson County, KY grew from 19,324 to 19,574, a 1.29% increase and its median household income grew from $53,420 to $55,907, a 4.66% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Simpson County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (84.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (9.26%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.62%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.75%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.7%).

None of the households in Simpson 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.

99.6% of the residents in Simpson County, KY are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Simpson County, KY was $178,600, and the homeownership rate was 65.7%.

Most people in Simpson County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Simpson County, KY was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Simpson County, KY is home to a population of 19.6k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.874% of Simpson County, KY residents were born outside of the country (171 people).

In 2022, there were 9.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.6k people) in Simpson County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.81k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 513 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.6%
2022 Citizenship
99.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.6% of Simpson County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Simpson County, KY was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Simpson County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    16.6k ± 8
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.81k ± 154
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    513 ± 148
2.75%
Hispanic Population
539 people

In 2022, there were 9.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.6k people) in Simpson County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.81k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 513 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.75% of the people in Simpson County, KY are hispanic (539 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

0.874%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
171 people
1.22%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
236 people

As of 2022, 0.874% of Simpson County, KY residents (171 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 Simpson County, KY was 1.22%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    460 ± 153
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    209 ± 128
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    142 ± 78

Simpson County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Simpson County, KY employs 8.93k people. The largest industries in Simpson County, KY are Manufacturing (2,290 people), Retail Trade (1,200 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (768 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($176,875), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($176,042), and Utilities ($101,141).

Occupations

8.93k
2022 Value
± 753
6.77%
1 Year growth
± 11%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Simpson County, KY grew at a rate of 6.77%, from 8.36k employees to 8.93k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Simpson County, KY, are Production Occupations (1,426 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,190 people), and Material Moving Occupations (850 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Simpson County, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

8.93k
2022 Value
± 753
6.77%
1 Year growth
± 11%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Simpson County, KY grew at a rate of 6.77%, from 8.36k employees to 8.93k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Simpson County, KY, are Manufacturing (2,290 people), Retail Trade (1,200 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (768 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Simpson County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Simpson 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

$48,393
Median earning men ± $6,056
$29,375
Median earning women ± $3,938

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($176,042), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($58,385), and Manufacturing ($52,289).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($58,418), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,857), and Manufacturing ($46,240).

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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. 137
    Manufacturing
  2. 135
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 106
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Simpson County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 67.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (30.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.47%).

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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Kentucky over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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

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.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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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).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Simpson County, KY was $178,600 in 2022, which is 0.634 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $153,200 to $178,600, a 16.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Simpson County, KY is 65.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Simpson County, KY have an average commute time of 22.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Simpson County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Simpson County, KY is $55,907. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Simpson County, KY was Census Tract 9702 with a value of $66,050, followed by Census Tract 9701 and Census Tract 9703, with respective values of $57,350 and $43,884.

Property

$178,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$19,884
$4,946
Median Property Taxes
±$541

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

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Rent vs Own

65.7%
Homeownership
2022
60.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65.7% of the housing units in Simpson County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9702
  2. Census Tract 9701
  3. Census Tract 9703

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Simpson County, KY was Census Tract 9702 with a value of $66,050, followed by Census Tract 9701 and Census Tract 9703, with respective values of $57,350 and $43,884.

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

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Household Income

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$55,907
Median Household Income
± $5,966
7.53k
Number of Households
± 690

In 2022, the median household income of the 7.53k households in Simpson County, KY grew to $55,907 from the previous year's value of $53,420.

The following chart displays the households in Simpson 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 Simpson 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 (79%)
  2. Carpooled (15.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.96%)

In 2022, 79% of workers in Simpson County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (15.8%) and those who worked at home (3.96%).

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

22.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Simpson County, KY have a shorter commute time (22.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.84% of the workforce in Simpson 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 Simpson County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Simpson County, KY have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Simpson County, KY (2.69k out of 19k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

90.8% of the population of Simpson County, KY has health coverage, with 43.8% on employee plans, 21.3% on Medicaid, 14% on Medicare, 10.9% on non-group plans, and 0.792% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Simpson County, KY see 3714 patients per year on average, which represents a 40.3% increase from the previous year (2647 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1864 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1096 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,714 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Simpson County, KY

Primary care physicians in Simpson County, KY see an average of 3,714 patients per year. This represents a 40.3% increase from the previous year (2,647 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Simpson 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 24.5% under 18 years, 21.5% between 18 and 34 years, 38.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.17%
Uninsured
43.8%
Employer Coverage
21.3%
Medicaid
14%
Medicare
10.9%
Non-Group
0.792%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Simpson County, KY grew by 30.9% from 7% to 9.17%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 73.6 in Simpson 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% in Simpson County, KY.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.46% in Simpson County, KY.

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