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Labor Market Area
Most of the demographic and workforce data that follow include totals for the community's labor market area. The map below is provided for you reference.
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Labor market counties are composed of counties which exist within a 60-minute drive range of the originating county’s county seat. A county will be included within the radius if the centroid point of a county (a point representing the center of the geographic area of a county) falls within the drive zone. Additionally, all contiguous counties will be classified as part of the labor market with the exception of non-Kentucky contiguous counties which have been excluded by the above mentioned 60-minute drive range and have a border with the Mississippi and/or Ohio Rivers.

 


Dated Material

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Contacts

Local

Corey Craig
Director
Rockcastle County Industrial Development Authority
Rockcastle County Courthouse Annex
205 E Main St
PO Box 592
Mount Vernon, KY 40456
Phone: 606-256-2501
WEB: www.rockcastlecountyky.com
E-mail: ccraig@citizensbankrb.com

State

John Bevington
Deputy Commissioner
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601 USA

Phone: 502-564-7140 ext. 21942
Fax: 502-564-3256
Web: http:///www.thinkkentucky.com
Email: John.Bevington@ky.gov

 


 

Quick Facts

 
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  Industrial Electric Cost Per KWH, 2015
Kentucky $0.0548
U.S. $0.0691

 

Statistical Summary
  Population 2016
Rockcastle County 16,850
Labor Market Area 690,964
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2015 $29,138
Median Household Income 2015 $31,555
Median Home Price 2015 $50,000
   
  Unemployment Rate 2016
Rockcastle County 5.9%
Labor Market Area 4.4%
U.S. 4.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2015
Rockcastle County $587
Labor Market Area $807
U.S. $1,018


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Mount Vernon


Population
47%

Personal Income
51%

Retail Sales
46%

Manufacturing Employment
54%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 327 11. Dallas, TX 855 21. Nashville, TN 197  
  2. Baltimore, MD 566 12. Detroit, MI 398 22. New Orleans, LA 713  
  3. Birmingham, AL 372 13. Houston, TX 1,039 23. New York, NY 739  
  4. Boston, MA 949 14. Indianapolis, IN 241 24. Norfolk, VA 604  
  5. Buffalo, NY 569 15. Jacksonville, FL 665 25. Oklahoma City, OK 871  
  6. Charlotte, NC 346 16. Kansas City, MO 633 26. Omaha, NE 823  
  7. Chicago, IL 421 17. Lexington, KY 52 27. Philadelphia, PA 662  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 136 18. Louisville, KY 129 28. Pittsburgh, PA 423  
  9. Cleveland, OH 382 19. Memphis, TN 400 29. St. Louis, MO 391  
  10. Columbus, OH 242 20. Minneapolis, MN 829 30. Wichita, KS 829  
  Population Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, 2008 population estimate
Personal Income Source: 2007 Regional Economic Accounts, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), US Dept of Commerce
Retail Sales Source: 2002 Economic Census, US Census Bureau
Manufacturing Employment Source: 2007 County Business Patterns, US Census Bureau
Highway Distance Source: ESRI Arcview StreetMap, 2007
 

 


 

 

Sites

 
Available Industrial Sites
Click on a site point for details
      Min. Distance To  
    Site ID Site Name Total Ac. Largest Possible Tract Rail Interstate/Parkway Airport  
  Shovel-ready 203-002 Rockcastle Business Park South 90.4 64.6 No 4.2 67  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details

This community currently has no available buildings.
Note: A "+" symbol following the building name denotes a secondary building.
Special Purpose Buildings

 


 

 

Demographics

 

 

  Total Population  
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  
  Labor Market Area 671,791 676,232 680,084 685,684 690,964  
  Rockcastle County 17,084 16,751 16,832 16,950 16,850  
 Mount Vernon2,5162,4712,4832,4992,486 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2016  
    Rockcastle County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 3,219 19.1 133,224 19.3  
  16-24 1,772 10.5 102,063 14.8  
  25-44 3,939 23.4 182,421 26.4  
  45-64 4,958 29.4 174,408 25.2  
  65-84 2,709 16.1 87,838 12.7  
  85 and older 253 1.5 11,010 1.6  
  Median Age 42.7   37.0    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016  
    Rockcastle County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 16,528 98.1 601,625 87.1  
  Black or African American 58 0.3 58,121 8.4  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 67 0.4 2,345 0.3  
  Asian 22 0.1 15,127 2.2  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 5 0.0 333 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 170 1.0 13,413 1.9  
  Hispanic Origin 142 0.8 29,307 4.2  
  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  
  Rockcastle County 16,740 16,455 16,078 15,618  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2010 2015 Pct. Change  
  Rockcastle County $24,382 $29,138 19.5 %  
  Kentucky $33,031 $38,588 16.8 %  
  U.S. $40,277 $48,112 19.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $21,834- $38,988 $25,214- $45,238    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2015 2015  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Rockcastle County 6,621 2.51 $31,555  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Rockcastle County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 6,692 6,397 319,859 328,163  
  Employed 6,295 6,001 305,782 312,253  
  Unemployed 397 396 14,077 15,910  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 5.9 6.2 4.4 4.8  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Rockcastle County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 9.1 7.7 8.2 8.1  
  2013 8.1 7.8 8.3 7.4  
  2014 7.4 6.0 6.5 6.2  
  2015 6.6 4.9 5.4 5.3  
  2016 5.9 4.4 5.0 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Rockcastle County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 1,776 33.9  
  Commuting Out of County 3,458 66.1  
  Total Residents 5,234 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 1,776 49.3  
  Commuting Into County 1,825 50.7  
  Total Employees 3,601 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Journey-To-Work & Migration Statistics Branch.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and its border states only.  

 

     
  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Rockcastle County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$587$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries5768311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining01,0751,124 
 ConstructionN/A9931,096 
 Manufacturing7591,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities440758852 
 InformationN/A9441,829 
 Financial Activities6961,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services4848781,332 
 Education and Health Services747878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality201312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified0591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of the Labor Statistics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Mount Vernon  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2015)
 
  15  Berea College  Berea  1,643  
  26  Eastern Kentucky University  Richmond  16,844  
  30  Centre College  Danville  1,367  
  30  Eastern Kentucky University, Danville Campus  Danville  N/A  
  32  Eastern Kentucky University, Corbin Campus  Corbin  N/A  
  35  Eastern Kentucky University, Manchester Campus  Manchester  N/A  
  39  Asbury Theological Seminary  Wilmore  1,540  
  39  Asbury University  Wilmore  † 1,915  
  43  Union College  Barbourville  1,088  
  44  University of the Cumberlands  Williamsburg  6,276  
  47  Indiana Wesleyan University - Lexington Education Center  Lexington  N/A  
  47  Lexington Theological Seminary  Lexington  81  
  47  Sullivan University, Lexington Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  47  Transylvania University  Lexington  1,053  
  47  University of Kentucky  Lexington  29,727  
  53  Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling  Mt. Sterling  N/A  
  55  Campbellsville University  Campbellsville  3,128  
  55  Clear Creek Baptist Bible College  Pineville  151  
  55  Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing  Hyden  1,605  
  56  Lindsey Wilson College  Columbia  2,651  
  57  Midway University  Midway  1,055  
  59  Georgetown College  Georgetown  1,364  
      Total Enrollments 71,488  
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance, not highway miles.
† Denotes enrollment for entire institution, including branch campuses; otherwise, enrollment is for specified campus.
Source:  Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
 

  Two-Year Colleges Within 60 Miles of Mount Vernon  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic, or academic and technical, courses and granting associate degrees, certificates, or diplomas below the baccalaureate level.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2015)
 
  22  Somerset Community College, Laurel North Campus  London  N/A  
  24  Somerset Community College, Somerset North Campus  Somerset  † 6,386  
  26  American National University - Richmond KY Campus  Richmond  N/A  
  30  American National University - Danville KY Campus  Danville  N/A  
  30  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Danville Campus  Danville  N/A  
  32  Somerset Community College, Casey Center  Liberty  N/A  
  45  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Winchester - Clark Co. Campus  Winchester  N/A  
  45  Somerset Community College, McCreary Center  Whitley City  N/A  
  46  Somerset Community College, Russell Center  Russell Springs  N/A  
  47  American National University- Lexington KY Campus  Lexington  780  
  47  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Cooper Campus  Lexington  10,388  
  47  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Leestown Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  47  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Newtown Pike Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  47  Spencerian College, Lexington Campus  Lexington  74  
  53  Elizabethtown Community & Tech. College, Springfield Campus  Springfield  N/A  
  55  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Lawrenceburg Campus  Lawrenceburg  N/A  
  55  Hazard Community & Technical College - Leslie Co. Center  Hyden  N/A  
  55  Hazard Community & Technical College, Lees College Campus  Jackson  N/A  
  55  Southeast Community & Technical College, Pineville Campus  Pineville  N/A  
  59  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Advanced Manufacturing Center  Georgetown  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 17,628  
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance, not highway miles.
† Denotes enrollment for entire institution, including branch campuses; otherwise, enrollment is for specified campus.
Source:  Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
 

  Kentucky Technical Schools Within 60 Miles of Mount Vernon  
    Enrollment (2015-2016)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Rockcastle County ATC  Mount Vernon  427 N/A 427  
  20  Jackson County ATC  McKee  463 N/A 463  
  21  Lincoln County ATC  Stanford  278 N/A 278  
  22  Garrard County ATC  Lancaster  377 N/A 377  
  24  Pulaski ATC  Somerset  513 N/A 513  
  26  Madison County ATC  Richmond  801 N/A 801  
  32  Corbin ATC  Corbin  452 N/A 452  
  32  Casey County ATC  Liberty  501 N/A 501  
  35  Clay County ATC  Manchester  337 N/A 337  
  38  Lee County ATC  Beattyville  357 N/A 357  
  38  Jessamine Career and Technology Center  Nicholasville  3206 N/A 3206  
  39  Hughes Jones Harrodsburg ATC  Harrodsburg  266 N/A 266  
  43  Knox County ATC  Barbourville  486 N/A 486  
  45  Clark County ATC  Winchester  704 N/A 704  
  46  Wayne County ATC  Monticello  633 N/A 633  
  46  Lake Cumberland ATC  Russell Springs  641 N/A 641  
  47  Eastside Technical Center  Lexington  906 N/A 906  
  47  Southside Technical Center  Lexington  471 N/A 471  
  52  Marion County ATC  Lebanon  604 N/A 604  
  53  Montgomery County ATC  Mt. Sterling  557 N/A 557  
  55  Leslie County ATC  Hyden  436 N/A 436  
  55  Breathitt County ATC  Jackson  431 N/A 431  
  55  Bell County ATC  Pineville  644 N/A 644  
  59  Elkhorn Crossing School  Georgetown  860 N/A 860  
      Total Enrollments 15,351     15,351   
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance; not highway miles.  Kentucky Tech secondary schools, called Area Technology Centers (ATC), are operated by the Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education. Other secondary schools are operated locally by public school districts. Secondary student enrollment is listed under Sec, and post-secondary student enrollment is listed under P/S.
Source:  KY Cabinet for Workforce Development; KY Dept. of Education.
 

 


 

 

Business & Industry

 

 

  Summary of Recent Locations and Expansions, 2014-Present  
    Reported  
    Companies Jobs Investment  
 Manufacturing Location 145 $3,740,000 
 Manufacturing Expansion 321 $3,975,000 
 Supportive/Service Location 00 $0 
 Supportive/Service Expansion 00 $0 
  Click here for detailed location and expansion information.
Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (December 10, 2017).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2015  
    Rockcastle County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries3,492100.0315,757100.0 
 Total Private Industries2,70877.5255,46380.9 
 Natural Resources and Mining00.02,3780.8 
 ConstructionN/AN/A12,2573.9 
 Manufacturing1083.129,5069.3 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities36410.457,70218.3 
 InformationN/AN/A6,6622.1 
 Financial Activities1002.911,2823.6 
 Professional and Business Services1022.942,17813.4 
 Education and Health Services1,00328.741,80613.2 
 Leisure and Hospitality38010.935,79111.3 
 Other Services and Unclassified00.07,4332.4 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Brodhead 
 EST Tool & Machine IncCustom tooling and machining for the automotive, aerospace, forging and railroad industries. 3 axis CNC machining, CNC lathe work, wire EDM services, welded fabrication301995 
 Mount Vernon 
 B & H Tool Works Inc of Rockcastle CountySpecialty machinery201998 
 eNomalies LLCR&D for Fusion cameras71992 
 Hanson AggregatesCrushed limestone341908 
 PlastisudTools & dies, plastic injection & thermoform molds101989 
 SOURCEHOV IncData processing and mailroom applications6481994 
 Weltrans IncEngineering services; repair and sales of Siemens/Flenders Turbine Engines for Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.52008 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (December 10, 2017).  

 


 

 

Taxes

 

 

  State Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation, 2016  
  Selected Class of Property State Rate Local Taxation
Permitted
 
  Real Estate $0.1220 Yes  
  Manufacturing Machinery $0.1500 No  
  Pollution Control Equipment $0.1500 No  
  Inventories:  
      Raw Materials $0.0500 No  
      Goods in Process $0.0500 No  
      Finished Goods $0.0500 Yes  
      Goods-In-Transit Exempt Limited  
  Motor Vehicles $0.4500 Yes  
  Other Tangible Personal Property $0.4500 Yes  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Revenue.  
     
  Local Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation, 2016  
  Taxing Jurisdiction Property Taxes
Per $100 Valuation
   
  Real Estate Tangibles Motor Vehicles  
  County  
  Rockcastle $0.2651 $0.3766 $0.1940    
  City  
  Brodhead $0.2400 $0.2400 $0.2490    
  Livingston $0.2500 $0.4500 $0.2500    
  Mount Vernon $0.1610 $0.1610 $0.1670    
  School District  
  Rockcastle County Schools $0.4090 $0.4090 $0.4830    
  Source: Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.  
     
  Local Occupational License Taxes, 2016  
  Cities, counties and school districts may levy an occupational license tax on the net profits of businesses and/or on the salaries and wages of employees earned in the jurisdiction. Rates can vary between the two types of occupational license taxes. Occupational license taxes may be levied on businesses as either a flat rate schedule or as a percentage of apportioned net profits or gross receipts. Where both the city and county levy an occupational license tax, a credit may be given, at the option of the local governments, for the amount paid to the city against the occupational license tax of the county. (Consult local jurisdictions for further details.)  
  Taxing Jurisdiction   Tax Rate on
Salaries/Wages
  Tax Rate on
Net Profits/Receipts
 
  County  
  Rockcastle   1.50%   1.50% (on net profits)  
  City  
  Brodhead   No tax   No tax  
  Livingston   No tax   No tax  
  Mount Vernon   1.00%   1.00% (on net profits)  
  School District  
  Rockcastle County Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Source: Occupational Taxes Spreadsheet - Kentucky Secretary of State, Local Tax Listing - Kentucky Personnel Cabinet   
     

 


 

 

Regulations & Permits

 
 

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet
Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction

Permitting Information: http://www.dhbc.ky.gov/
 
  Typical Building Permits Responsible Division # of plans Time Frame (Days)  
  Site Plan Building Code Enforcement 1 7-30  
  Building/Life Safety Building Code Enforcement 1 7-30  
  Plumbing Plumbing 3 7  
  Fire Protection Fire Prevention 1 7-30  
  Fire Alarm and Monitoring Fire Prevention 1 7-30  
  Fuel Tanks Fire Prevention
Hazardous Materials Section
1 7  
     

 

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Permits, Fees, Regulatory Times, and Contacts

Permitting Program Information:
http://dca.ky.gov/DCA%20Resource%20Document%20Library/KyDEPCommonPermits2.17.14.pdf
 
     

 

 

Utilities

 

 

 
Utilities Providing Service In Rockcastle County
  Electric  
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Inter-County Energy Cooperative - 859-236-4561 
    Jackson Energy Cooperative - 606-287-7161 
    South Kentucky RECC - 606-678-4121 
 Kentucky Utilities (a PPL company) - 800-383-5582 
     
  Natural Gas  
Service Unavailable
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Mt. Vernon Sewer Works - 606-256-2879 
 Mt. Vernon STP372,000255,000117,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Jackson County Water Association - 606-287-70002,268,0001,141,4021,126,598 
 Mt. Vernon Water Works - 606-256-44414,000,0001,976,8712,023,129 
  System information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410  

 


 

 

Quality of Life

 

 

  General Kentucky Quality of Life Information  
  http://www.thinkkentucky.com/kyedc/qualityoflife.aspx  
  Median Home Price (2015): Rockcastle County - $50,000 for 40 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 56.5 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2015 57.5 degrees  
  Record Highest, June 2012 (35-year record) 104 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1994 (35-year record) -18 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 4,234  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,155  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 48.34 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 23.5 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2015 57.32 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 144.4  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (35-year record) 48.2  
  Prevailing Winds South  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  1 a.m. 75 percent  
  7 a.m. 81 percent  
  1 p.m. 59 percent  
  7 p.m. 64 percent  
  Note: Heating degree day totals are the sums of positive departures of average daily temperature from 65 degrees F.  Cooling degree day totals are the sum of negative departures of average daily temperature from 65 degrees F.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Climatic Data Center, Local Climatological Data, 2015.
Station of record: Julian Carroll Airport, Jackson, KY.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2015-2016  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Rockcastle County Schools 2,713 14.4  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.