Knox County, KY

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2022 Population
30,207
0.527% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
Republican Party
US Senator
Rand Paul
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40.1
2.82% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
34%
1.44% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$34,254
17.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$109,200
14.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
9,221
1.23% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Knox County, KY had a population of 30.2k people with a median age of 40.1 and a median household income of $34,254. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Knox County, KY declined from 30,367 to 30,207, a −0.527% decrease and its median household income grew from $29,206 to $34,254, a 17.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Knox County, KY are White (Non-Hispanic) (95.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.38%), White (Hispanic) (0.785%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.745%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.576%).

None of the households in Knox 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.

99.8% of the residents in Knox County, KY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Knox County, KY are Union College (349 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Knox County, KY was $109,200, and the homeownership rate was 64%.

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

Population & Diversity

Knox County, KY is home to a population of 30.2k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.748% of Knox County, KY residents were born outside of the country (226 people).

In 2022, there were 40 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.7k people) in Knox County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 718 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 237 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.8%
2022 Citizenship
99.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.8% of Knox County, KY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Knox County, KY was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Knox County, KY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    28.7k ± 175
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    718 ± 236
  3. White (Hispanic)
    237 ± 153
1.49%
Hispanic Population
449 people

In 2022, there were 40 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.7k people) in Knox County, KY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 718 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 237 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.49% of the people in Knox County, KY are hispanic (449 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Knox County, 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

0.748%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
226 people
0.784%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
238 people

As of 2022, 0.748% of Knox County, KY residents (226 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 Knox County, KY was 0.784%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    492 ± 169
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    215 ± 125
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    149 ± 103

Knox County, KY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.29 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Knox County, KY employs 9.22k people. The largest industries in Knox County, KY are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,804 people), Retail Trade (1,276 people), and Educational Services (941 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($70,026), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,125), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,912).

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

9.22k
2022 Value
± 822
1.23%
1 Year growth
± 12.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Knox County, KY grew at a rate of 1.23%, from 9.11k employees to 9.22k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Knox County, KY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,479 people), Sales & Related Occupations (711 people), and Production Occupations (676 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Knox County, KY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

9.22k
2022 Value
± 822
1.23%
1 Year growth
± 12.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Knox County, KY grew at a rate of 1.23%, from 9.11k employees to 9.22k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Knox County, KY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,804 people), Retail Trade (1,276 people), and Educational Services (941 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Knox County, KY, though some of these residents may live in Knox 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

$41,823
Median earning men ± $4,466
$24,453
Median earning women ± $1,656

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($131,359), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,912), and Wholesale Trade ($53,816).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($41,528), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($36,397), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($27,969).

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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. 195
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 145
    Retail Trade
  3. 140
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Knox County, KY went to Donald J. Trump with 83% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (15.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.821%).

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

In 2022, universities in Knox County, KY awarded 349 degrees. The student population of Knox County, KY in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 550 male students and 420 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Knox County, KY are White (270 and 84.9%), followed by Black or African American (19 and 5.97%), Two or More Races (13 and 4.09%), and Hispanic or Latino (7 and 2.2%).

The largest universities in Knox County, KY by number of degrees awarded are Union College (349 and 100%).

The median tuition cost in Knox County, KY for private four year colleges is $27,731.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Knox County, KY, the percentage of applicants admitted was 53.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 32.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 970 (56.7% men and 43.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 970 students enrolled in Knox County, KY, 56.7% men and 43.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 578 records, of which 58.1% were women and 41.9% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Knox County, KY was General Business Administration & Management with 36 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
349 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Union College with 349 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 149 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Knox County, KY, which is 0.745 times less than the 200 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 270 degrees mean that there were 14.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 19 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 ($27,731) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,334) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,500) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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.

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 Knox County, KY was $109,200 in 2022, which is 0.387 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $95,400 to $109,200, a 14.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Knox County, KY is 64%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

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

Median household income in Knox County, KY is $34,254. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Knox County, KY was Census Tract 9302 with a value of $37,512, followed by Census Tract 9303 and Census Tract 9307, with respective values of $35,865 and $31,023.

In 2022, 13.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Knox County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.69%.

Property

$109,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$14,560
$7,181
Median Property Taxes
±$710

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

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Rent vs Own

64%
Homeownership
2022
62.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 64% of the housing units in Knox County, KY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9302
  2. Census Tract 9303
  3. Census Tract 9307

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Knox County, KY was Census Tract 9302 with a value of $37,512, followed by Census Tract 9303 and Census Tract 9307, with respective values of $35,865 and $31,023.

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

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Household Income

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$34,254
Median Household Income
± $3,501
11.2k
Number of Households
± 880

In 2022, the median household income of the 11.2k households in Knox County, KY grew to $34,254 from the previous year's value of $29,206.

The following chart displays the households in Knox 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 < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Knox 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 (81.5%)
  2. Carpooled (9.78%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.37%)

In 2022, 81.5% of workers in Knox County, KY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.78%) and those who worked at home (7.37%).

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Commute Time

25 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Knox County, KY have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.65% of the workforce in Knox 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 Knox County, KY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Knox County, KY have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Knox County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.69%.

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Poverty & Diversity

34% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Knox County, KY (10k out of 29.5k 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 Males 6 - 11 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Knox County, KY is White, followed by Two Or More 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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 36.1% of the children was living in poverty in Knox County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.7%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 66.2 in Knox County, KY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 32.9 per 100,000 population.

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Health

93.3% of the population of Knox County, KY has health coverage, with 26.5% on employee plans, 45.7% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 7.97% on non-group plans, and 0.678% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Knox County, KY see 3893 patients per year on average, which represents a 12.9% decrease from the previous year (4472 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3447 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1149 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.7% were men and 52.3% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,893 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Knox County, KY

Primary care physicians in Knox County, KY see an average of 3,893 patients per year. This represents a 12.9% decrease from the previous year (4,472 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Knox County, KY 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% under 18 years, 20.6% between 18 and 34 years, 37.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.7% were men and 52.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.75%
Uninsured
26.5%
Employer Coverage
45.7%
Medicaid
12.4%
Medicare
7.97%
Non-Group
0.678%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Knox County, KY grew by 11.8% from 6.03% to 6.75%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 75.8 in Knox County, KY.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

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% in Knox County, KY.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.04% in Knox County, KY.

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