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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

Amy Bowman
Project Coordinator
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601 USA

Phone: 502-564-7670 ext. 22001
Fax: 502-564-3256
Web: http:///www.thinkkentucky.com
Email: Amy.Bowman@ky.gov

 


 

Quick Facts

 
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  Industrial Electric Cost Per KWH, 2017
Kentucky $0.0558
U.S. $0.0691

 

Statistical Summary
  Population 2017
Lawrence County 15,719
Labor Market Area 280,710
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2016 $28,723
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 2017
Lawrence County $654
Labor Market Area $769
U.S. $1,042


 

 

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 Lawrence Industrial Building 86,956 30.0 30.0' minimum Possible  
Note: A "+" symbol following the building name denotes a secondary building.
Special Purpose Buildings

 


 

 

Demographics

 

 

  Total Population  
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  
  Labor Market Area 288,005 286,786 285,738 283,425 280,710  
  Lawrence County 15,869 15,880 15,893 15,863 15,719  
 Louisa2,4722,4742,4772,4732,412 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2017  
    Lawrence County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 3,317 21.1 51,542 18.4  
  16-24 1,532 9.7 33,653 12.0  
  25-44 3,786 24.1 68,793 24.5  
  45-64 4,396 28.0 74,900 26.7  
  65-84 2,463 15.7 45,918 16.4  
  85 and older 225 1.4 5,904 2.1  
  Median Age 40.9   41.0    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017  
    Lawrence County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 15,360 97.7 265,378 94.5  
  Black or African American 52 0.3 8,319 3.0  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 29 0.2 737 0.3  
  Asian 35 0.2 1,982 0.7  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 6 0.0 90 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 237 1.5 4,204 1.5  
  Hispanic Origin 168 1.1 3,797 1.4  
  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  
    2011 2016 Pct. Change  
  Lawrence County $26,603 $28,723 8.0 %  
  Kentucky $33,989 $38,926 14.5 %  
  U.S. $41,560 $49,246 18.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $19,426- $34,079 $21,737- $38,676    
  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 Sep. 2018 2017 Sep. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 5,123 5,383 108,465 107,513  
  Employed 4,668 5,050 101,516 101,852  
  Unemployed 455 333 6,949 5,661  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 8.9 6.2 6.4 5.3  
  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 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 1,403 30.7  
  Commuting Out of County 3,170 69.3  
  Total Residents 4,573 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 1,403 52.3  
  Commuting Into County 1,282 47.7  
  Total Employees 2,685 100.0  
  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, 2017  
    Lawrence County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$654$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6688651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,0551,0491,086 
 Construction6031,0111,155 
 Manufacturing4111,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities601789881 
 Information01,0442,011 
 Financial Activities5441,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services7289311,377 
 Education and Health Services860906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality279327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified469626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  

 


 

 

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 2016)
 
  23  Marshall University  Huntington, WV  13,647  
  24  Kentucky Christian University  Grayson  556  
  24  Morehead State University at Ashland  Ashland  N/A  
  29  Ohio University - Southern Campus  Ironton, OH  1,372  
  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  2,365  
  46  Morehead State University  Morehead  10,746  
  48  Shawnee State University  Portsmouth, OH  3,772  
  54  West Virginia State University  Institute, WV  3,514  
  55  Alice Lloyd College  Pippa Passes  605  
      Total Enrollments 36,577  
  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 2016)
 
  23  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Mayo Campus  Paintsville  N/A  
  23  Huntington Junior College  Huntington, WV  460  
  24  Ashland Community & Technical College, College Drive Campus  Ashland  † 2,775  
  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  † 5,057  
  44  American National University - Pikeville KY Campus  Pikeville  181  
  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 8,473  
  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 (2016-2017)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  17  Martin County ATC  Inez  417 N/A 417  
  24  Boyd Co Career & Tech Educ Ctr Voc School  Ashland  614 N/A 614  
  28  Russell ATC  Russell  426 N/A 426  
  34  Greenup County ATC  Greenup  573 N/A 573  
  34  Carter County Career and Technical Center  Olive Hill  183 N/A 183  
  38  Floyd County ATC (GARTH)  Martin  316 N/A 316  
  39  Morgan County ATC  West Liberty  635 N/A 635  
  40  Belfry ATC  Belfry  461 N/A 461  
  50  Millard ATC  Millard  158 N/A 158  
  51  Foster Meade Career and Technical Center  Vanceburg  1011 N/A 1011  
  57  Knott County ATC  Hindman  493 N/A 493  
  57  Breathitt County ATC  Jackson  443 N/A 443  
      Total Enrollments 5,730     5,730   
  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 (October 27, 2018).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2017  
    Lawrence County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries3,664100.0113,426100.0 
 Total Private Industries2,46867.485,37175.3 
 Natural Resources and Mining531.48510.8 
 Construction1323.64,4763.9 
 Manufacturing160.48,0237.1 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities82922.621,35418.8 
 Information00.01,0981.0 
 Financial Activities922.53,3663.0 
 Professional and Business Services1052.98,5587.5 
 Education and Health Services81222.222,88420.2 
 Leisure and Hospitality3449.411,96210.5 
 Other Services and Unclassified852.32,8032.5 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Louisa 
 Brown Food ServiceFood distribution1501942 
 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 (October 27, 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.