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Demographics

  Total Population  
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  
  Labor Market Area 204,960 202,179 199,334 196,475 192,301  
  Letcher County 23,588 23,417 23,091 22,773 22,339  
 Whitesburg2,0492,0322,0031,9741,914 
 Jenkins2,1472,1292,0992,0702,011 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2017  
    Letcher County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 4,269 19.1 35,965 18.7  
  16-24 2,076 9.3 20,053 10.4  
  25-44 5,337 23.9 47,104 24.5  
  45-64 6,446 28.9 54,879 28.5  
  65-84 3,846 17.2 30,911 16.1  
  85 and older 365 1.6 3,389 1.8  
  Median Age 43.0   42.0    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017  
    Letcher County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 21,951 98.3 184,772 96.1  
  Black or African American 128 0.6 4,266 2.2  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 46 0.2 349 0.2  
  Asian 43 0.2 879 0.5  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 0 0.0 65 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 171 0.8 1,970 1.0  
  Hispanic Origin 187 0.8 2,131 1.1  
  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  
  Letcher County 22,207 21,147 19,970 18,736  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income  
    2011 2016 Pct. Change  
  Letcher County $28,942 $29,724 2.7 %  
  Kentucky $33,989 $38,926 14.5 %  
  U.S. $41,560 $49,246 18.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $27,426- $32,805 $27,773- $34,532    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Letcher County 10,017 2.31 $29,181  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.