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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.

 


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Contacts

Local

John A. Osborne
County Judge/Executive
Lawrence County Fiscal Court
122 Ricky Skaggs Boulevard
PO Box 566
Louisa, KY 41230
Phone: 606-638-4102
FAX: 606-638-0618
WEB: www.lawrencecounty.ky.gov

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, 2016
Kentucky $0.0549
U.S. $0.0675

 

Statistical Summary
  Population 2016
Lawrence County 15,863
Labor Market Area 283,425
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2015 $29,138
Median Household Income 2016 $35,016
Median Home Price 2016 $106,750
   
  Unemployment Rate 2017
Lawrence County 8.9%
Labor Market Area 6.4%
U.S. 4.4%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2015
Lawrence County $682
Labor Market Area $781
U.S. $1,018


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Louisa


Population
51%

Personal Income
49%

Retail Sales
51%

Manufacturing Employment
56%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 450 11. Dallas, TX 1,004 21. Nashville, TN 347  
  2. Baltimore, MD 444 12. Detroit, MI 344 22. New Orleans, LA 836  
  3. Birmingham, AL 495 13. Houston, TX 1,163 23. New York, NY 617  
  4. Boston, MA 826 14. Indianapolis, IN 276 24. Norfolk, VA 482  
  5. Buffalo, NY 482 15. Jacksonville, FL 690 25. Oklahoma City, OK 962  
  6. Charlotte, NC 348 16. Kansas City, MO 710 26. Omaha, NE 900  
  7. Chicago, IL 457 17. Lexington, KY 133 27. Philadelphia, PA 540  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 168 18. Louisville, KY 206 28. Pittsburgh, PA 305  
  9. Cleveland, OH 295 19. Memphis, TN 550 29. St. Louis, MO 468  
  10. Columbus, OH 154 20. Minneapolis, MN 864 30. Wichita, KS 906  
  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 019-001 EastPark- Site B 368.6 368.6 No 2.6 13  
  Shovel-ready 089-001 EastPark- Site A 109.7 43.2 No 1.5 13  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details
  Bldg. ID Building Name Square Feet Ac. Min. Ceiling Ht. Rail  
  127-003 Brown Foodservice Building 80,000 N/A 22.5' minimum No  
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 288,728 288,005 286,786 285,738 283,425  
  Lawrence County 15,846 15,869 15,880 15,893 15,863  
 Louisa2,4672,4722,4742,4772,473 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2016  
    Lawrence County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 3,395 21.4 52,585 18.6  
  16-24 1,545 9.7 34,128 12.0  
  25-44 3,849 24.3 70,297 24.8  
  45-64 4,460 28.1 75,988 26.8  
  65-84 2,413 15.2 44,700 15.8  
  85 and older 201 1.3 5,727 2.0  
  Median Age 40.6   40.6    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016  
    Lawrence County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 15,500 97.7 267,852 94.5  
  Black or African American 54 0.3 8,394 3.0  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 24 0.2 781 0.3  
  Asian 34 0.2 2,122 0.7  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 6 0.0 90 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 245 1.5 4,186 1.5  
  Hispanic Origin 151 1.0 3,706 1.3  
  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  
  Lawrence County 15,668 15,378 14,979 14,515  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2010 2015 Pct. Change  
  Lawrence County $25,983 $29,138 12.1 %  
  Kentucky $33,031 $38,588 16.8 %  
  U.S. $40,277 $48,112 19.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $18,373- $34,121 $21,745- $38,287    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Lawrence County 6,142 2.57 $35,016  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Lawrence County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Feb. 2018 2017 Feb. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 5,123 5,033 108,465 108,270  
  Employed 4,668 4,616 101,516 100,791  
  Unemployed 455 417 6,949 7,479  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 8.9 8.3 6.4 6.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Lawrence County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 10.9 8.0 8.3 7.4  
  2014 9.6 7.4 6.5 6.2  
  2015 9.4 7.0 5.4 5.3  
  2016 10.4 7.1 5.0 4.9  
  2017 8.9 6.4 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Lawrence County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 1,369 30.6  
  Commuting Out of County 3,103 69.4  
  Total Residents 4,472 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 1,369 48.9  
  Commuting Into County 1,433 51.1  
  Total Employees 2,802 100.0  
  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  
    Lawrence County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$682$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries7048311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining01,0751,124 
 Construction7119931,096 
 ManufacturingN/A1,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities537758852 
 InformationN/A9441,829 
 Financial Activities5141,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services8038781,332 
 Education and Health Services892878911 
 Leisure and HospitalityN/A312419 
 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 Louisa  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2015)
 
  23  Marshall University  Huntington, WV  13,621  
  24  Kentucky Christian University  Grayson  606  
  24  Morehead State University at Ashland  Ashland  N/A  
  29  Ohio University - Southern Campus  Ironton, OH  2,073  
  31  Morehead State University at Prestonsburg  Prestonsburg  N/A  
  39  Morehead State University at West Liberty  West Liberty  N/A  
  44  University of Pikeville  Pikeville  2,531  
  46  Morehead State University  Morehead  10,872  
  48  Shawnee State University  Portsmouth, OH  3,881  
  54  West Virginia State University  Institute, WV  3,166  
  55  Alice Lloyd College  Pippa Passes  616  
      Total Enrollments 37,366  
  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 Louisa  
  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)
 
  23  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Mayo Campus  Paintsville  N/A  
  23  Huntington Junior College  Huntington, WV  558  
  24  Ashland Community & Technical College, College Drive Campus  Ashland  † 2,728  
  24  Ashland Community & Technical College, Roberts Drive Campus  Ashland  N/A  
  24  Ashland Community & Technical College, Technology Dr. Campus  Ashland  N/A  
  31  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Prestonsburg Campus  Prestonsburg  † 4,938  
  44  American National University - Pikeville KY Campus  Pikeville  N/A  
  44  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Pikeville Campus  Pikeville  N/A  
  46  Maysville Community & Technical College, Rowan Campus  Morehead  N/A  
  57  Hazard Community & Technical College, Knott County Branch  Hindman  N/A  
  57  Hazard Community & Technical College, Lees College Campus  Jackson  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 8,224  
  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 Louisa  
    Enrollment (2015-2016)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  17  Martin County ATC  Inez  364 N/A 364  
  24  Boyd Co Career & Tech Educ Ctr Voc School  Ashland  746 N/A 746  
  28  Russell ATC  Russell  522 N/A 522  
  34  Greenup County ATC  Greenup  530 N/A 530  
  34  Carter County Career and Technical Center  Olive Hill  186 N/A 186  
  38  Floyd County ATC (GARTH)  Martin  291 N/A 291  
  39  Morgan County ATC  West Liberty  669 N/A 669  
  40  Belfry ATC  Belfry  573 N/A 573  
  50  Millard ATC  Millard  176 N/A 176  
  51  Foster Meade Career and Technical Center  Vanceburg  994 N/A 994  
  57  Knott County ATC  Hindman  385 N/A 385  
  57  Breathitt County ATC  Jackson  431 N/A 431  
      Total Enrollments 5,867     5,867   
  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, 2015-Present  
    Reported  
    Companies Jobs Investment  
 Manufacturing Location00$0 
 Manufacturing Expansion00$0 
 Service & Technology Location00$0 
 Service & Technology Expansion00$0 
  Click here for detailed location and expansion information.
Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (May 17, 2018).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2015  
    Lawrence County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries3,205100.0106,075100.0 
 Total Private Industries2,49978.086,13081.2 
 Natural Resources and Mining00.06080.6 
 Construction1755.54,4514.2 
 ManufacturingN/AN/A8,8098.3 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities78324.421,03519.8 
 InformationN/AN/A1,0521.0 
 Financial Activities1163.63,3573.2 
 Professional and Business Services1133.58,7058.2 
 Education and Health Services72222.519,52518.4 
 Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A10,3509.8 
 Other Services and Unclassified00.02,9562.8 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Louisa 
 Brown Food ServiceFood distribution1501942 
 Coca-Cola RefreshmentSoft drinks - Coca-cola & allied brands distribution291905 
 The Big Sandy NewsNewspaper publishing111885 
 Worldwide Equipment-Heritage, IncRemanufacture of commercial truck components including diesel engines, transmissions, differentials202007 
 Zelda 
 Riverside Generating Co, LLCElectric generating peaking plant82000 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (May 17, 2018).  

 


 

 

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  
  Taxing Jurisdiction Property Taxes
Per $100 Valuation
   
  Real Estate Tangibles Motor Vehicles  
  County  
  Lawrence $0.4518 $0.4641 $0.2582    
  City  
  Blaine $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000    
  Louisa $0.2370 $0.2370 $0.2000    
  School District  
  Lawrence County Schools $0.5520 $0.5520 $0.3500    
  Source: Kentucky Revenue Cabinet. Tax Years: County Property Tax(es) for 2017; City Property Tax(es) for 2016 - 2017; School District Property Tax(es) for 2017  
     
  Local Occupational License Taxes, 2017  
  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  
  Lawrence   No tax   No tax  
  City  
  Blaine   No tax   No tax  
  Louisa   No tax   No tax  
  School District  
  Lawrence 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 Lawrence County
  Electric  
 AEP - Kentucky Power Company - 606-929-1600 
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Big Sandy RECC - 606-789-4095 
    Grayson RECC - 606-474-5136 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Columbia Gas of Kentucky Inc - 859-288-0227 
 Public Gas Company Inc - 606-666-2205 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Louisa Water and Sewer Commission - 606-638-9322 
 Louisa STP1,090,000583,000507,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Louisa Water and Sewer Commission - 606-638-93223,000,0001,499,1221,500,878 
  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 (2016): Lawrence County - $106,750 for 30 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 55.6 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2015 55.7 degrees  
  Record Highest, July 2012 (55-year record) 104 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1994 (55-year record) -21 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 4,512  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,135  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 42.59 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 23.6 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2015 49.32 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 139  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (54-year record) 40.1  
  Prevailing Winds Southwest  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  1 a.m. 79 percent  
  7 a.m. 83 percent  
  1 p.m. 58 percent  
  7 p.m. 61 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: Tri-State Airport, Huntington, WV.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2016-2017  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Lawrence County Schools 2,447 14.2  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.