Owensboro, KY

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
121,147
0.354% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.1
0.255% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
13.6%
5.29% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$64,366
10.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$164,600
13.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
55,227
0.741% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Owensboro, KY had a population of 121k people with a median age of 39.1 and a median household income of $64,366. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Owensboro, KY grew from 120,720 to 121,147, a 0.354% increase and its median household income grew from $58,036 to $64,366, a 10.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Owensboro, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.58%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.79%), and White (Hispanic) (1.05%).

None of the households in Owensboro, 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.

98.1% of the residents in Owensboro, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Owensboro, KY are Owensboro Community and Technical College (2,796 degrees awarded in 2022), Brescia University (243 degrees), and Kentucky Wesleyan College (166 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Owensboro, KY was $164,600, and the homeownership rate was 69.7%.

Most people in Owensboro, KY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21 minutes. The average car ownership in Owensboro, KY was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Owensboro, KY is home to a population of 121k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.82% of Owensboro, KY residents were born outside of the country (3.41k people).

In 2022, there were 21.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (106k people) in Owensboro, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.97k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.13k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.1%
2022 Citizenship
98.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.1% of Owensboro, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Owensboro, KY was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Owensboro, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    106k ± 365
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    4.97k ± 441
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    3.13k ± 489
3.22%
Hispanic Population
3.9k people

In 2022, there were 21.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (106k people) in Owensboro, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.97k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.13k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.22% of the people in Owensboro, KY are hispanic (3.9k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    28,651 ± 4,142 people
  2. Cuba
    14,970 ± 2,999 people
  3. India
    12,312 ± 2,720 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kentucky was Mexico, the natal country of 28,651 Kentucky residents, followed by Cuba with 14,970 and India with 12,312.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.82%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.41k people
2.76%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.33k people

As of 2022, 2.82% of Owensboro, KY residents (3.41k 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 Owensboro, KY was 2.76%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,604 ± 339
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,195 ± 270
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    946 ± 220

Owensboro, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.18 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Owensboro, KY employs 55.2k people. The largest industries in Owensboro, KY are Manufacturing (10,234 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,171 people), and Retail Trade (6,053 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,090), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,231), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($67,038).

Males in Kentucky have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,220. The income inequality in Kentucky (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

55.2k
2022 Value
± 1,814
0.741%
1 Year growth
± 4.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Owensboro, KY grew at a rate of 0.741%, from 54.8k employees to 55.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Owensboro, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,744 people), Production Occupations (6,435 people), and Management Occupations (5,096 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Owensboro, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

55.2k
2022 Value
± 1,814
0.741%
1 Year growth
± 4.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Owensboro, KY grew at a rate of 0.741%, from 54.8k employees to 55.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Owensboro, KY, are Manufacturing (10,234 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,171 people), and Retail Trade (6,053 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Owensboro, KY, though some of these residents may live in Owensboro, 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

$51,140
Median earning men ± $1,927
$34,132
Median earning women ± $1,117

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($76,172), Manufacturing ($68,906), and Wholesale Trade ($57,592).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($61,551), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,901), and Manufacturing ($50,466).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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. 1,319
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 808
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 597
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Kentucky went to Donald J. Trump with 62.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (36.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.23%).

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

In 2022, universities in Owensboro, KY awarded 3,233 degrees. The student population of Owensboro, KY in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,733 male students and 3,377 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Owensboro, KY are White (2,832 and 87.8%), followed by Black or African American (126 and 3.91%), Hispanic or Latino (101 and 3.13%), and Unknown (54 and 1.67%).

The largest universities in Owensboro, KY by number of degrees awarded are Owensboro Community and Technical College (2,796 and 86.5%), Brescia University (243 and 7.52%), and Kentucky Wesleyan College (166 and 5.13%).

The most popular majors in Owensboro, KY are Electrician (444 and 13.7%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (337 and 10.4%), and General Computer & Information Sciences (299 and 9.25%).

The median tuition cost in Owensboro, KY for private four year colleges is $28,520.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Owensboro, KY, the percentage of applicants admitted was 58.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 16.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 6,110 (44.7% men and 55.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 6,110 students enrolled in Owensboro, KY, 44.7% men and 55.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,784 records, of which 56.3% were women and 43.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 54 degrees awarded
  2. 50 degrees awarded
  3. 337 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Owensboro, KY was Electrician with 54 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Owensboro, KY according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,796 degrees awarded
  2. 243 degrees awarded
  3. 166 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Owensboro Community and Technical College with 2,796 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,943 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Owensboro, KY, which is 1.51 times more than the 1,290 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,832 degrees mean that there were 22.5 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 126 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($28,520) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,105) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,149) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

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).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Owensboro, KY was $164,600 in 2022, which is 0.584 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $145,300 to $164,600, a 13.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Owensboro, KY is 69.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Owensboro, KY have an average commute time of 21 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Owensboro, KY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Owensboro, KY is $64,366. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Owensboro, KY was Oldham County, KY with a value of $117,334, followed by Spencer County, KY and Boone County, KY, with respective values of $101,118 and $91,697.

Property

$164,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,467
$33,296
Median Property Taxes
±$1,208

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

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Rent vs Own

69.7%
Homeownership
2022
67.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.7% of the housing units in Owensboro, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Owensboro, KY was Oldham County, KY with a value of $117,334, followed by Spencer County, KY and Boone County, KY, with respective values of $101,118 and $91,697.

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

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Household Income

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$64,366
Median Household Income
± $2,869
47.8k
Number of Households
± 1,578

In 2022, the median household income of the 47.8k households in Owensboro, KY grew to $64,366 from the previous year's value of $58,036.

The following chart displays the households in Owensboro, 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 Owensboro, 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 (85.1%)
  2. Carpooled (8.25%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.47%)

In 2022, 85.1% of workers in Owensboro, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.25%) and those who worked at home (4.47%).

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Commute Time

21 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Owensboro, KY have a shorter commute time (21 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.08% of the workforce in Owensboro, 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 Owensboro, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Owensboro, KY have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Owensboro, KY (16.1k out of 118k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Owensboro, KY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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

95% of the population of Owensboro, KY has health coverage, with 47.9% on employee plans, 20.3% on Medicaid, 13.6% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 0.843% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Kentucky see 1536 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.454% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1519 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 388 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,536 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kentucky

Primary care physicians in Kentucky see an average of 1,536 patients per year. This represents a 0.454% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kentucky in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.7% under 18 years, 19.6% between 18 and 34 years, 37.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.03%
Uninsured
47.9%
Employer Coverage
20.3%
Medicaid
13.6%
Medicare
12.3%
Non-Group
0.843%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Owensboro, KY grew by 2.77% from 4.89% to 5.03%.

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