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 2022 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 40025 Jefferson County $597,315.00
2 40059 Jefferson County, Oldham County $243,953.00
3 40026 Oldham County $185,179.00
4 40023 Jefferson County, Shelby County, Spencer County $176,033.00
5 40513 Fayette County $171,195.00
6 40510 Fayette County $170,383.00
7 40245 Jefferson County, Shelby County $157,305.00
8 41091 Boone County $152,791.00
9 40014 Oldham County $147,914.00
10 40207 Jefferson County $144,750.00
11 41048 Boone County $140,887.00
12 40347 Franklin County, Scott County, Woodford County $139,464.00
13 42122 Allen County, Warren County $138,730.00
14 40056 Oldham County $137,041.00
15 40013 Bullitt County, Nelson County, Spencer County $134,889.00
16 40010 Oldham County $134,167.00
17 41007 Campbell County, Pendleton County $133,968.00
18 42103 Warren County $132,759.00
19 41017 Kenton County $132,234.00
20 40223 Jefferson County $130,317.00
21 41075 Campbell County $128,066.00
22 40241 Jefferson County, Oldham County $127,378.00
23 40502 Fayette County $126,159.00
24 40205 Jefferson County $125,520.00
25 41080 Boone County $121,192.00
26 40222 Jefferson County $119,525.00
27 41001 Campbell County $117,982.00
28 40509 Fayette County $117,653.00
29 40067 Shelby County $116,788.00
30 40515 Clark County, Fayette County, Jessamine County $116,481.00
31 40514 Fayette County $116,334.00
32 41033 Kenton County, Pendleton County $116,143.00
33 40516 Bourbon County, Fayette County $114,846.00
34 42079 Graves County $113,365.00
35 41168 Boyd County, Carter County $112,823.00
36 40068 Henry County, Oldham County, Shelby County $112,468.00
37 40022 Shelby County $110,332.00
38 41043 Bracken County, Pendleton County $109,220.00
39 40162 Hardin County $108,436.00
40 41174 Greenup County, Lewis County $108,278.00
41 40356 Jessamine County $107,408.00
42 41094 Boone County, Kenton County $107,188.00
43 42086 McCracken County $107,188.00
44 41005 Boone County $107,074.00
45 40031 Henry County, Oldham County $106,754.00
46 40071 Bullitt County, Shelby County, Spencer County $106,097.00
47 41051 Kenton County $105,630.00
48 41055 Fleming County, Mason County $105,245.00
49 40178 Breckinridge County $105,206.00
50 40243 Jefferson County $104,800.00
51 42265 Logan County, Todd County $104,233.00
52 40299 Bullitt County, Jefferson County $103,618.00
53 42081 Livingston County $103,099.00
54 42366 Daviess County, Hancock County, Ohio County $102,582.00
55 40206 Jefferson County $101,617.00
56 40242 Jefferson County $101,584.00
57 42452 Henderson County, Webster County $101,344.00
58 40152 Breckinridge County $101,334.00
59 41030 Boone County, Grant County, Kenton County, Pendleton County $100,928.00
60 40291 Jefferson County $100,587.00
61 40217 Jefferson County $100,051.00
62 40047 Bullitt County, Spencer County $99,705.00
63 42031 Hickman County $99,344.00
64 40108 Meade County $98,869.00
65 40324 Bourbon County, Scott County $98,810.00
66 42350 McLean County $98,543.00
67 41076 Campbell County $98,535.00
68 40503 Fayette County $98,410.00
69 40157 Breckinridge County, Meade County $98,253.00
70 40204 Jefferson County $97,965.00
71 41740 Knott County $97,183.00
72 40003 Franklin County, Shelby County $97,124.00
73 42157 Monroe County $96,416.00
74 42376 Daviess County, McLean County, Ohio County $96,319.00
75 42724 Hardin County $96,170.00
76 40511 Bourbon County, Fayette County, Scott County $96,162.00
77 42701 Hardin County $95,887.00
78 42345 Muhlenberg County, Todd County $95,812.00
79 42740 Hardin County $95,779.00
80 40065 Shelby County, Spencer County $95,163.00
81 41256 Johnson County $94,730.00
82 41044 Bracken County, Mason County, Robertson County $94,568.00
83 42001 McCracken County $94,142.00
84 42236 Christian County, Trigg County $93,735.00
85 41011 Kenton County $93,672.00
86 40012 Nelson County $93,639.00
87 40383 Jessamine County, Woodford County $93,573.00
88 40370 Harrison County, Scott County $92,671.00
89 41092 Boone County, Gallatin County $92,375.00
90 40121 Hardin County, Meade County $92,074.00
91 40055 Henry County, Oldham County, Trimble County $91,941.00
92 40228 Jefferson County $91,928.00
93 42104 Simpson County, Warren County $91,861.00
94 40175 Breckinridge County, Hardin County, Meade County $91,586.00
95 42027 Graves County, McCracken County $90,951.00
96 41042 Boone County, Kenton County $90,716.00
97 42406 Henderson County, Webster County $90,391.00
98 40019 Henry County, Shelby County $90,371.00
99 40220 Jefferson County $89,236.00
100 42023 Carlisle County $88,735.00

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.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Glenview Jefferson County $508,303.00
2 Anchorage Jefferson County $314,691.00
3 Rolling Fields Jefferson County $270,191.00
4 Indian Hills Jefferson County $259,128.00
5 Riverwood Jefferson County $258,024.00
6 Prospect Jefferson County, Oldham County $228,801.00
7 Pewee Valley Oldham County $180,859.00
8 Seneca Gardens Jefferson County $172,767.00
9 Spring Valley Jefferson County $169,973.00
10 Villa Hills Kenton County $169,757.00

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 2022, the median household income in Kentucky is $60,183.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Kentucky.

  • Under 25
    $36,225.00
  • 25 to 44
    $69,951.00
  • 45 to 64
    $70,626.00
  • 65 and over
    $45,428.00

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 $83,093.00.

6.04% 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 $24,999
    20.66%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    21.52%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    17.44%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    12.81%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    15.23%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    6.28%
  • $200,000 or more
    6.04%

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 $33,515.00.

Population in Kentucky by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Kentucky is currently 4,502,935 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.

  • 1.10% White
    47,383
  • 96.00% Black/African American
    4,322,454
  • 83.20% Native
    3,748,657
  • 2.90% Hispanic
    129,777
  • 7.90% Asian
    355,368
  • 0.10% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    3,902
  • 0.10% Two or more races
    3,167
  • 1.50% Other
    68,569

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.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 281,550 263,238
10 to 19 Years 299,102 286,140
20 to 29 Years 312,165 292,347
30 to 39 Years 286,880 282,723
40 to 49 Years 280,742 275,621
50 to 59 Years 291,600 294,496
60 to 69 Years 266,019 290,034
70 Years and over 215,983 284,295

Education Levels

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 higher
    13.52%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26.81%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11.82%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    45.21%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.65%

Unemployment Rates

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 3,607,440 people.

The unemployment rate in Kentucky is 5.10%, which means 108,558 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 39.1 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

39.1

Total

37.8

Male

40.4

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 1,769,102 households in Kentucky, and the average household size is 2.48 people.

For families, the total number is 1,142,472, and the average family size is 3.06 people.

11.70% of those families in Kentucky are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Kentucky in .

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $14,580.00
2 People $19,720.00
3 People $24,860.00
4 People $30,000.00
5 People $35,140.00
6 People $40,280.00
7 People $45,420.00
8 People $50,560.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from , while the latest demographics data we have is from 2022.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • 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.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 838,364 90,229 213,879 626,630
Average Household Size 3.13 3.16 3.26 1.24
Total Families 838,364 90,229 213,879 0
Average Household Size 3.1 2.77 3.02 0

Housing Data in Kentucky

There are total of 1,999,202 housing units in Kentucky. Of those units, 1,769,102 (88.49%) are occupied, and 230,100 (11.51%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 1,999,202 housing units in Kentucky, 514,578 (25.74%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $902.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 60.28% of housing units, with 1,205,067 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Kentucky.

  • No rent paid
    49,457
  • Less than $500
    62,984
  • $500 to $999
    253,087
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    151,765
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    35,139
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    7,266
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    1,892
  • $3,000 or more
    2,445

Property Values

The median value of a property in Kentucky is $177,000.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Kentucky.

  • Less than $50,000
    119,406
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    170,726
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    194,805
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    199,366
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    260,832
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    186,182
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    62,114
  • $1,000,000 or more
    11,636

Property Age

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 earlier
    187,512
  • 1940 to 1949
    83,508
  • 1950 to 1959
    178,073
  • 1960 to 1969
    205,699
  • 1970 to 1979
    317,731
  • 1980 to 1989
    244,577
  • 1990 to 1999
    326,878
  • 2000 to 2009
    285,496
  • 2010 to 2013
    158,959
  • 2014 or later
    10,769

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 available
    119,183
  • 1 vehicle available
    562,607
  • 2 vehicles available
    666,222
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    421,090

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 23.9 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Kentucky.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    63,798
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    209,410
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    282,997
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    309,051
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    284,021
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    126,911
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    219,526
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    54,702
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    56,158
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    115,606
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    70,896
  • 90 or more minutes
    42,227

We can also look at the means of transport in Kentucky to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    1,574,496
  • Carpooled
    181,776
  • Public transportation
    14,607
  • Walked
    39,648
  • Other means
    24,776
  • Worked from home
    158,544

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Kentucky.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Kentucky.

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