Census report shows Kentucky’s demographics are changing

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New Census Data

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Census Bureau shows Kentucky’s demographics, economics and housing conditions in metro areas and most populous counties are changing.

The Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville is the state agency for census information.

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The center’s staff has found significant findings in health insurance coverage, educational attainment, income and poverty and population makeup.

Health Insurance Coverage

In 2017, the uninsured rate in Kentucky was 5.4%, the 8th lowest among all states.  County uninsurance rates are similarly low across all reported counties, ranging from a high of 6.6% in Christian County to a low of 2.4% in Campbell County.



Income and Poverty

Kentucky’s median household income was $48,375 in 2017, a $982 increase from the 2016 value.  Kentucky ranks 44th among all states in median household income. Within those counties with more than 65,000 residents, Oldham County reports the highest median household income ($96,576).  Poverty rates in the Commonwealth also declined slightly from 18.5% to 17.2% between 2016 and 2017.

Educational Attainment

The percentage of Kentucky’s population 25 years and older with a Bachelor’s degree or higher was 24.0% in 2017.  This is a 1.4 percentage point gain from the 2013 value, but the Commonwealth still ranks 5th lowest among all states on this measure.  A large share of Kentuckians (21.3%) have attended some college but lack a degree.

Foreign Born Population

Only 3.8% of Kentucky’s population is foreign born, ranking 8th lowest among all states.  Foreign born populations are substantially larger in three of Kentucky’s most populous counties:  Fayette (8.6% foreign born), Warren (8.3%), and Jefferson (8.2%).

The estimates pertain to population centers with at least 65,000 people. Results for smaller population centers are scheduled to be released in December.