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Demographics

  Total Population  
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  
  Labor Market Area 237,034 235,995 234,743 233,563 232,380  
  Bell County 28,247 27,971 27,750 27,294 27,117  
 Middlesboro10,0419,9389,8589,6949,626 
 Pineville1,8331,8141,8001,7691,756 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2016  
    Bell County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 5,069 18.7 44,430 19.1  
  16-24 2,916 10.8 25,562 11.0  
  25-44 6,558 24.2 57,031 24.5  
  45-64 7,685 28.3 64,204 27.6  
  65-84 4,389 16.2 37,336 16.1  
  85 and older 500 1.8 3,817 1.6  
  Median Age 42.2   41.2    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016  
    Bell County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 25,796 95.1 223,474 96.2  
  Black or African American 660 2.4 4,355 1.9  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 65 0.2 695 0.3  
  Asian 105 0.4 854 0.4  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 15 0.1 129 0.1  
  Other/Multirace 476 1.8 2,873 1.2  
  Hispanic Origin 260 1.0 3,384 1.5  
  Note: Hispanic is not a race category. A person can be white, black or African American, etc. and be of hispanic origin.
Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
 

  Population Projections  
    2020 2025 2030 2035  
  Bell County 26,394 25,291 24,024 22,678  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income  
    2010 2015 Pct. Change  
  Bell County $25,766 $29,042 12.7 %  
  Kentucky $33,031 $38,588 16.8 %  
  U.S. $40,277 $48,112 19.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $22,996- $28,569 $26,608- $32,100    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Bell County 10,978 2.43 $22,603  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.