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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

J. M. Hall
County Judge/Executive
Knox County Fiscal Court
Knox County Courthouse
401 Court Square
PO Box 173
Barbourville, KY 40906
Phone: 606-546-6192
FAX: 606-546-6196
WEB: www.knoxcountyky.com
E-mail: judge@barbourville.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, 2017
Kentucky $0.0558
U.S. $0.0691

 

Statistical Summary
  Population 2017
Knox County 31,227
Labor Market Area 191,573
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2016 $26,734
Median Household Income 2016 $26,553
Median Home Price 2016 $117,500
   
  Unemployment Rate 2017
Knox County 7.6%
Labor Market Area 6.6%
U.S. 4.4%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2015
Knox County $603
Labor Market Area $649
U.S. $1,018


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Barbourville


Population
49%

Personal Income
50%

Retail Sales
47%

Manufacturing Employment
54%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 311 11. Dallas, TX 889 21. Nashville, TN 232  
  2. Baltimore, MD 546 12. Detroit, MI 447 22. New Orleans, LA 697  
  3. Birmingham, AL 356 13. Houston, TX 1,023 23. New York, NY 730  
  4. Boston, MA 940 14. Indianapolis, IN 290 24. Norfolk, VA 538  
  5. Buffalo, NY 618 15. Jacksonville, FL 597 25. Oklahoma City, OK 905  
  6. Charlotte, NC 278 16. Kansas City, MO 682 26. Omaha, NE 872  
  7. Chicago, IL 470 17. Lexington, KY 101 27. Philadelphia, PA 646  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 185 18. Louisville, KY 177 28. Pittsburgh, PA 472  
  9. Cleveland, OH 431 19. Memphis, TN 435 29. St. Louis, MO 439  
  10. Columbus, OH 291 20. Minneapolis, MN 878 30. Wichita, KS 878  
  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 051-003 Elk Mountain Regional Park (a Clay,Leslie, Knox Venture) 329 329 No 2 30  
  Shovel-ready 121-003 Southeast Kentucky Regional Business Park 458.5 150 No 3.3 98  
  Shovel-ready 121-002 Corbin Tri-County Industrial Park 162.8 127 No 3 96  
  Shovel-ready 121-001 Barbourville Business Park-- Site 121-001 138.3 87.5 Possible 18.5 104  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details
  Bldg. ID Building Name Square Feet Ac. Min. Ceiling Ht. Rail  
  121-008 TruSeal Technology Buildings_aka Trimco 90,080 N/A 20.0' minimum No  
  121-003 Southeastern Kentucky Wood Products 20,000 5.0 16.0' minimum Possible  
Note: A "+" symbol following the building name denotes a secondary building.
Special Purpose Buildings

 


 

 

Demographics

 

 

  Total Population  
N/A
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  
  Labor Market Area 193,346 193,270 193,060 192,766 191,573  
  Knox County 31,867 31,735 31,668 31,687 31,227  
 Barbourville3,1803,1493,1693,170 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2017  
    Knox County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 6,443 20.6 38,759 20.2  
  16-24 3,614 11.6 21,539 11.2  
  25-44 7,678 24.6 47,811 25.0  
  45-64 8,202 26.3 51,809 27.0  
  65-84 4,789 15.3 28,641 15.0  
  85 and older 501 1.6 3,014 1.6  
  Median Age 39.3   39.8    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017  
    Knox County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 30,234 96.8 184,934 96.5  
  Black or African American 395 1.3 2,711 1.4  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 81 0.3 581 0.3  
  Asian 107 0.3 792 0.4  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 14 0.0 63 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 396 1.3 2,492 1.3  
  Hispanic Origin 365 1.2 2,670 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  
  Knox County 31,443 30,975 30,310 29,514  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2011 2016 Pct. Change  
  Knox County $25,949 $26,734 3.0 %  
  Kentucky $33,989 $38,926 14.5 %  
  U.S. $41,560 $49,246 18.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $23,865- $29,500 $26,734- $32,821    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Knox County 12,333 2.52 $26,553  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Knox County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Jun. 2018 2017 Jun. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 10,208 10,521 69,763 71,266  
  Employed 9,435 9,752 65,180 66,687  
  Unemployed 773 769 4,583 4,579  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 7.6 7.3 6.6 6.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Knox County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 12.1 10.7 8.3 7.4  
  2014 10.0 8.8 6.5 6.2  
  2015 8.3 7.3 5.4 5.3  
  2016 7.9 7.1 5.0 4.9  
  2017 7.6 6.6 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Knox County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 3,152 36.4  
  Commuting Out of County 5,509 63.6  
  Total Residents 8,661 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 3,152 44.4  
  Commuting Into County 3,941 55.6  
  Total Employees 7,093 100.0  
  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  
    Knox County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$603$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries5738311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining9581,0751,124 
 Construction6729931,096 
 Manufacturing6991,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities461758852 
 Information6909441,829 
 Financial Activities7081,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services6278781,332 
 Education and Health ServicesN/A878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality239312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified458591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of the Labor Statistics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Barbourville  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2016)
 
  Union College  Barbourville  1,203  
  12  Clear Creek Baptist Bible College  Pineville  128  
  13  Eastern Kentucky University, Corbin Campus  Corbin  N/A  
  18  University of the Cumberlands  Williamsburg  7,652  
  21  Eastern Kentucky University, Manchester Campus  Manchester  N/A  
  24  Lincoln Memorial University  Harrogate, TN  4,254  
  35  Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing  Hyden  1,784  
  54  Berea College  Berea  1,665  
  56  Carson-Newman University  Jefferson City, TN  2,659  
      Total Enrollments 19,345  
  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 Barbourville  
  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)
 
  12  Southeast Community & Technical College, Pineville Campus  Pineville  N/A  
  20  Southeast Community & Technical College, Middlesboro Campus  Middlesboro  N/A  
  21  Somerset Community College, Laurel North Campus  London  N/A  
  31  Southeast Community & Technical College, Harlan Campus  Harlan  N/A  
  34  Somerset Community College, McCreary Center  Whitley City  N/A  
  35  Hazard Community & Technical College - Leslie Co. Center  Hyden  N/A  
  43  Somerset Community College, Somerset North Campus  Somerset  † 6,621  
  46  Hazard Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Hazard  † 3,275  
  46  Hazard Community & Technical College, Technical Campus  Hazard  N/A  
  50  Southeast Community & Technical College, Cumberland Campus  Cumberland  † 3,135  
  55  Hazard Community & Technical College, Lees College Campus  Jackson  N/A  
  59  Hazard Community & Technical College, Knott County Branch  Hindman  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 13,031  
  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 Barbourville  
    Enrollment (2016-2017)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Knox County ATC  Barbourville  427 N/A 427  
  12  Bell County ATC  Pineville  741 N/A 741  
  13  Corbin ATC  Corbin  483 N/A 483  
  21  Clay County ATC  Manchester  345 N/A 345  
  35  Leslie County ATC  Hyden  362 N/A 362  
  39  Jackson County ATC  McKee  477 N/A 477  
  43  Rockcastle County ATC  Mount Vernon  436 N/A 436  
  43  Pulaski ATC  Somerset  428 N/A 428  
  50  Lee County ATC  Beattyville  469 N/A 469  
  53  Wayne County ATC  Monticello  812 N/A 812  
  55  Breathitt County ATC  Jackson  443 N/A 443  
  59  Knott County ATC  Hindman  493 N/A 493  
      Total Enrollments 5,916     5,916   
  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, 2018-Present  
    Reported  
    Companies Jobs Investment  
 Manufacturing Location00$0 
 Manufacturing Expansion11$2,000,000 
 Service & Technology Location00$0 
 Service & Technology Expansion1135N/A 
  Click here for detailed location and expansion information.
Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (July 15, 2018).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2015  
    Knox County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries7,637100.060,843100.0 
 Total Private Industries6,09379.850,22582.5 
 Natural Resources and Mining600.88681.4 
 Construction1161.51,1001.8 
 Manufacturing5186.87,03011.6 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities1,47819.411,24118.5 
 Information1221.61,1681.9 
 Financial Activities2072.71,7973.0 
 Professional and Business Services1,12514.76,56510.8 
 Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A5,2008.5 
 Leisure and Hospitality6498.54,5537.5 
 Other Services and Unclassified881.21,0871.8 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Barbourville 
 Brick Mountain Billing IncCentralized business office for the healthcare facilities62006 
 CSRAInbound call center3001999 
 Mountain Advocate Media IncNewspaper publishing, commercial offset printing & plastic binding, 4-color process printing. Office machine sales and service.101938 
 Gray 
 Forest Products IncPallets, skids, kiln dried hardwood lumber, wood chips, mulch & wood boiler fuel, green lumber851966 
 Jackson WWS IncCommercial dishwashers2301986 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (July 15, 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, 2017  
  Taxing Jurisdiction Property Taxes
Per $100 Valuation
   
  Real Estate Tangibles Motor Vehicles  
  County  
  Knox $0.3610 $0.6734 $0.3939    
  City  
  Barbourville $0.2760 $0.2760 $0.3000    
  School District  
  Barbourville Independent Schools $0.6180 $0.6180 $0.5390    
  Corbin Independent Schools $0.6670 $0.6670 $0.6930    
  Knox County Schools $0.5320 $0.5320 $0.5020    
  Source: Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.  
     
  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  
  Knox   1.00%   1.00% (on net profits)  
  City  
  Barbourville   1.00%   No tax  
  School District  
  Barbourville Independent Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Corbin Independent Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Knox 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 Knox County
  Electric  
 Corbin Utilities Commission - 606-528-4026 
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Cumberland Valley Electric Inc - 606-528-2677 
 Kentucky Utilities (a PPL company) - 800-383-5582 
    Barbourville Utility Commission - 606-546-3187 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Delta Natural Gas Company - 859-744-6171 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Barbourville Utility Commission - 606-546-3187 
 Barbourville STP1,500,0001,111,000389,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Barbourville Utility Commission - 606-546-31874,032,0001,725,6772,306,323 
  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): Knox County - $117,500 for 54 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 59.1 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2015 60.4 degrees  
  Record Highest, July 2012 (74-year record) 105 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1985 (74-year record) -24 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 3,637  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,526  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 47.86 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 6.5 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2015 51.66 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 125.2  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (68-year record) 48.7  
  Prevailing Winds Southwest  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  1 a.m. 82 percent  
  7 a.m. 87 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: McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, TN.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2016-2017  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Barbourville Independent Schools 667 17.1  
  Corbin Independent Schools 2,916 15.9  
  Knox County Schools 4,275 13.0  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.