Ballard County, KY

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2022 Population
7,742
0.921% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
44.7
1.36% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.3%
1.88% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$57,111
8.38% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$102,000
14.1% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Ballard County, KY had a population of 7.74k people with a median age of 44.7 and a median household income of $57,111. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ballard County, KY declined from 7,814 to 7,742, a −0.921% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,695 to $57,111, a 8.38% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ballard County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.89%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.23%), Two+ (Hispanic) (0.685%), and White (Hispanic) (0.633%).

None of the households in Ballard 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 Ballard County, KY are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Ballard County, KY was $102,000, and the homeownership rate was 80.4%.

Most people in Ballard County, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Ballard County, KY was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Ballard County, KY is home to a population of 7.74k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.1% of Ballard County, KY residents were born outside of the country (85 people).

In 2022, there were 23.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.11k people) in Ballard County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 301 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 173 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.6%
2022 Citizenship
99.6%
2021 Citizenship

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

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ballard County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.11k ± 15
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    301 ± 52
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    173 ± 60.9
1.61%
Hispanic Population
125 people

In 2022, there were 23.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.11k people) in Ballard County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 301 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 173 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.61% of the people in Ballard County, KY are hispanic (125 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

1.1%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
85 people
1.11%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
87 people

As of 2022, 1.1% of Ballard County, KY residents (85 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 Ballard County, KY was 1.11%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    223 ± 58
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    65 ± 46
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    39 ± 32

Ballard County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.43 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ballard County, KY employs 3.25k people. The largest industries in Ballard County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (514 people), Manufacturing (387 people), and Construction (352 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,227), Educational Services ($68,528), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($68,523).

Occupations

3.25k
2022 Value
± 315
0.185%
1 Year growth
± 13.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ballard County, KY grew at a rate of 0.185%, from 3.24k employees to 3.25k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ballard County, KY, are Management Occupations (487 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (461 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (331 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ballard County, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

3.25k
2022 Value
± 315
0.185%
1 Year growth
± 13.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ballard County, KY grew at a rate of 0.185%, from 3.24k employees to 3.25k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ballard County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (514 people), Manufacturing (387 people), and Construction (352 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ballard County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Ballard 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

$45,667
Median earning men ± $3,969
$35,996
Median earning women ± $4,637

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($74,583), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($68,555), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,333).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($53,523), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($52,543), and Construction ($44,896).

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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. 48
    Manufacturing
  2. 30
    Retail Trade
  3. 26
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Ballard County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 79.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (19.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.757%).

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.

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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.

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Educational Attainment

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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).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ballard County, KY was $102,000 in 2022, which is 0.362 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $89,400 to $102,000, a 14.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Ballard County, KY is 80.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ballard County, KY have an average commute time of 25 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ballard County, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Ballard County, KY is $57,111. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Ballard County, KY was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $63,750, followed by Census Tract 9501 and Census Tract 9503, with respective values of $57,941 and $55,000.

Property

$102,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$28,394
$2,379
Median Property Taxes
±$240

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

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Rent vs Own

80.4%
Homeownership
2022
67%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 80.4% of the housing units in Ballard County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 81.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9502
  2. Census Tract 9501
  3. Census Tract 9503

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ballard County, KY was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $63,750, followed by Census Tract 9501 and Census Tract 9503, with respective values of $57,941 and $55,000.

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

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Household Income

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$57,111
Median Household Income
± $5,585
2.96k
Number of Households
± 287

In 2022, the median household income of the 2.96k households in Ballard County, KY grew to $57,111 from the previous year's value of $52,695.

The following chart displays the households in Ballard 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 Ballard 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 (90.1%)
  2. Carpooled (4.65%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.14%)

In 2022, 90.1% of workers in Ballard County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (4.65%) and those who worked at home (2.14%).

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

25 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ballard County, KY have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.47% of the workforce in Ballard 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 Ballard County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ballard County, KY have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ballard County, KY (1.09k out of 7.59k 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 Males 35 - 44, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

96.3% of the population of Ballard County, KY has health coverage, with 43.4% on employee plans, 23.4% on Medicaid, 17.7% on Medicare, 10.9% on non-group plans, and 0.879% on military or VA plans.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50% were men and 50% were women.

Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.4% under 18 years, 17.2% between 18 and 34 years, 39.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50% were men and 50% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.68%
Uninsured
43.4%
Employer Coverage
23.4%
Medicaid
17.7%
Medicare
10.9%
Non-Group
0.879%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ballard County, KY declined by 25.9% from 4.96% to 3.68%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

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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 39.9% in Ballard County, KY.

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