Kentucky Population and Demographics
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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Kentucky, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.
The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.
Richest Zip Codes in Kentucky
In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Kentucky based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.
If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.
|Rank||ZIP Code||County||Mean Income|
|1||40059||Jefferson County, Oldham County||$234,284.00|
|5||40023||Jefferson County, Shelby County, Spencer County||$152,504.00|
|6||40245||Jefferson County, Shelby County||$147,097.00|
|12||40013||Bullitt County, Nelson County, Spencer County||$126,673.00|
|13||40347||Franklin County, Scott County, Woodford County||$124,913.00|
|18||42122||Allen County, Warren County||$119,841.00|
|22||40241||Jefferson County, Oldham County||$117,306.00|
|24||41007||Campbell County, Pendleton County||$116,124.00|
|26||40068||Henry County, Oldham County, Shelby County||$114,442.00|
|29||40515||Clark County, Fayette County, Jessamine County||$108,723.00|
|33||41055||Fleming County, Mason County||$106,258.00|
|35||41033||Kenton County, Pendleton County||$105,239.00|
|36||40071||Bullitt County, Shelby County, Spencer County||$104,541.00|
|37||40516||Bourbon County, Fayette County||$103,121.00|
|39||41043||Bracken County, Pendleton County||$100,447.00|
|40||40031||Henry County, Oldham County||$99,895.00|
|41||40299||Bullitt County, Jefferson County||$99,742.00|
|42||41094||Boone County, Kenton County||$98,867.00|
|44||42027||Graves County, McCracken County||$98,542.00|
|47||42366||Daviess County, Hancock County, Ohio County||$97,133.00|
|50||41174||Greenup County, Lewis County||$96,704.00|
|51||42236||Christian County, Trigg County||$96,396.00|
|52||42035||Carlisle County, Graves County||$96,284.00|
|56||41044||Bracken County, Mason County, Robertson County||$94,450.00|
|59||40157||Breckinridge County, Meade County||$92,307.00|
|64||40324||Bourbon County, Scott County||$89,765.00|
|65||42406||Henderson County, Webster County||$89,272.00|
|68||40047||Bullitt County, Spencer County||$88,551.00|
|69||40175||Breckinridge County, Hardin County, Meade County||$88,458.00|
|70||40511||Bourbon County, Fayette County, Scott County||$88,185.00|
|75||42452||Henderson County, Webster County||$87,065.00|
|76||40065||Shelby County, Spencer County||$86,941.00|
|78||40383||Jessamine County, Woodford County||$86,658.00|
|79||42462||Henderson County, Union County||$86,512.00|
|83||40076||Anderson County, Franklin County, Shelby County||$85,598.00|
|84||41030||Boone County, Grant County, Kenton County, Pendleton County||$85,390.00|
|85||42204||Logan County, Todd County||$84,966.00|
|87||41042||Boone County, Kenton County||$84,638.00|
|88||40121||Hardin County, Meade County||$84,579.00|
|89||41092||Boone County, Gallatin County||$84,569.00|
|92||41129||Boyd County, Lawrence County||$83,945.00|
|93||40019||Henry County, Shelby County||$83,663.00|
|95||42376||Daviess County, McLean County, Ohio County||$83,060.00|
|96||42104||Simpson County, Warren County||$82,735.00|
|100||40390||Jessamine County, Woodford County||$82,562.00|
To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Kentucky.
Richest Cities in Kentucky
We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Kentucky. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Kentucky by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.
|3||Rolling Fields||Jefferson County||$266,684.00|
|4||Indian Hills||Jefferson County||$236,627.00|
|6||Prospect||Jefferson County, Oldham County||$226,249.00|
|8||Green Spring||Jefferson County||$164,199.00|
|9||Seneca Gardens||Jefferson County||$163,699.00|
To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Kentucky.
Median Household Income
According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in Kentucky is $52,238.00.
The chart below shows the average household income by age in Kentucky.
25 to 44$64,245.00
45 to 64$65,022.00
65 and over$41,677.00
Average Household Income
A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Kentucky?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.
The average (or mean) household income in Kentucky is $72,318.00.
4.86% of households in Kentucky are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).
The difference between a median and an average income
The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.
Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Kentucky but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.
Household Income Tiers for Kentucky
We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.
The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Kentucky easier to view.
You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.
Less than $24,99922.49%
$25,000 to $49,99923.05%
$50,000 to $74,99917.82%
$75,000 to $99,99912.51%
$100,000 to $149,99914.06%
$150,000 to $199,9995.20%
$200,000 or more4.86%
Per Capita Income
The per capita income is the average income of all people in Kentucky. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Kentucky by the total number of people in Kentucky.
It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Kentucky and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).
The per capita income in Kentucky is $29,123.00.
Population in Kentucky by Race and Ethnicity
The total population in Kentucky is currently 4,461,952 people.
The race and ethnicity of the population in Kentucky can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.
Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.
The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Kentucky.
7.90% Black/African American356,610
0.10% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander3,340
2.60% Two or more races117,508
Population of Kentucky by Age and Gender
Another very important demographics statistic for Kentucky is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.
In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.
|0 to 9 Years||284,104||266,303|
|10 to 19 Years||301,710||289,854|
|20 to 29 Years||306,901||291,441|
|30 to 39 Years||282,838||282,290|
|40 to 49 Years||281,584||278,572|
|50 to 59 Years||296,394||302,896|
|60 to 69 Years||262,012||285,588|
|70 Years and over||208,240||273,414|
Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.
What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.
The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Kentucky.
Master's degree or higher13.32%
Some college or associate's degree11.72%
High school diploma or equivalent45.92%
Less than high school diploma2.63%
The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Kentucky because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.
Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Kentucky look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.
The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Kentucky that are over the age of 16.
The current population in Kentucky that are over the age of 16 is 3,588,209 people.
The unemployment rate in Kentucky is 40.50%, which means 1,452,221 people are unemployed.
Median Age in Kentucky
The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Kentucky. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.
For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.
An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.
The median age in Kentucky is 39 years old.
We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:
Median age by gender in Kentucky
Households and Families
There are a total of 1,748,475 households in Kentucky, and the average household size is 2.5 people.
For families, the total number is 1,134,358, and the average family size is 3.09 people.
11.90% of those families in Kentucky are living below the poverty line.
The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Kentucky in 2022.
|Household Size||Poverty Threshold|
Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.
Households and Families by Marital Status
There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:
- Male householder, no spouse present
- Female householder, no spouse present
- Nonfamily household
In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Kentucky for each type, as well as the average sizes.
|Average Household Size||3.15||3.21||3.29||1.24|
|Average Household Size||3.12||2.82||3.06||0|
Housing Data in Kentucky
There are total of 1,988,420 housing units in Kentucky. Of those units, 1,748,475 (87.93%) are occupied, and 239,945 (12.07%) are vacant.
Of the 1,988,420 housing units in Kentucky, 513,022 (25.80%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $826.00.
Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 59.61% of housing units, with 1,185,302 housing units in total.
The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Kentucky.
No rent paid50,151
Less than $50074,011
$500 to $999284,316
$1,000 to $1,499124,402
$1,500 to $1,99922,730
$2,000 to $2,4994,629
$2,500 to $2,9991,021
$3,000 or more1,913
The median value of a property in Kentucky is $155,100.00.
The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Kentucky.
Less than $50,000131,838
$50,000 to $99,999211,183
$100,000 to $149,999224,793
$150,000 to $199,999206,876
$200,000 to $299,999217,062
$300,000 to $499,999139,988
$500,000 to $999,99945,177
$1,000,000 or more8,385
We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Kentucky.
1939 or earlier189,504
1940 to 194985,258
1950 to 1959178,277
1960 to 1969209,620
1970 to 1979320,954
1980 to 1989246,027
1990 to 1999331,649
2000 to 2009282,446
2010 to 2013140,873
2014 or later3,812
Vehicles Available per Household
Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Kentucky has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.
No vehicles available119,880
1 vehicle available555,837
2 vehicles available658,240
3 or more vehicles available414,518
Commuting to Work in Kentucky
The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.
Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?
Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Kentucky, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.
The average travel time is 23.7 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Kentucky.
Less than 5 minutes65,822
5 to 9 minutes210,767
10 to 14 minutes285,732
15 to 19 minutes314,446
20 to 24 minutes284,403
25 to 29 minutes127,542
30 to 34 minutes220,883
35 to 39 minutes53,002
40 to 44 minutes56,222
45 to 59 minutes115,680
60 to 89 minutes70,024
90 or more minutes40,460
We can also look at the means of transport in Kentucky to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.
Worked from home131,878
Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Kentucky.
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