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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

Bob Helton
Executive Director
Morehead-Rowan Co Economic Development Council Inc
100 Lake Park Drive
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-784-5874
FAX: 606-780-9843
WEB: www.edc-mmrc.com
E-mail: bhelton@edc-mmrc.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
Rowan County 24,451
Labor Market Area 215,000
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2015 $28,951
Median Household Income 2015 $36,860
Median Home Price 2015 $126,800
   
  Unemployment Rate 2016
Rowan County 5.5%
Labor Market Area 7.3%
U.S. 4.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2015
Rowan County $635
Labor Market Area $740
U.S. $1,018


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Morehead


Population
51%

Personal Income
51%

Retail Sales
50%

Manufacturing Employment
56%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 421 11. Dallas, TX 935 21. Nashville, TN 278  
  2. Baltimore, MD 473 12. Detroit, MI 334 22. New Orleans, LA 807  
  3. Birmingham, AL 468 13. Houston, TX 1,057 23. New York, NY 647  
  4. Boston, MA 856 14. Indianapolis, IN 211 24. Norfolk, VA 511  
  5. Buffalo, NY 479 15. Jacksonville, FL 757 25. Oklahoma City, OK 893  
  6. Charlotte, NC 378 16. Kansas City, MO 641 26. Omaha, NE 831  
  7. Chicago, IL 391 17. Lexington, KY 64 27. Philadelphia, PA 570  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 102 18. Louisville, KY 137 28. Pittsburgh, PA 335  
  9. Cleveland, OH 292 19. Memphis, TN 481 29. St. Louis, MO 399  
  10. Columbus, OH 152 20. Minneapolis, MN 799 30. Wichita, KS 837  
  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 205-001 John Will Stacy MMRC Regional Business Park 245.5 218.2 No 1.2 68  
  Shovel-ready 205-002 Morehead-Rowan County Aviation Business Park 35.2 35.2 No 1.9 68  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details
  Bldg. ID Building Name Square Feet Ac. Min. Ceiling Ht. Rail  
  205-007 MMRC Spec. Building 48,320 50.5 24.0' 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 215,199 215,417 215,502 215,838 215,000  
  Rowan County 23,873 24,253 24,264 24,667 24,451  
 Morehead7,2897,5987,5717,8567,758 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2016  
    Rowan County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 4,099 16.8 41,475 19.3  
  16-24 6,254 25.6 26,119 12.1  
  25-44 5,326 21.8 52,328 24.3  
  45-64 5,477 22.4 58,680 27.3  
  65-84 2,949 12.1 32,522 15.1  
  85 and older 346 1.4 3,876 1.8  
  Median Age 30.8   40.2    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016  
    Rowan County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 23,470 96.0 205,128 95.4  
  Black or African American 455 1.9 5,512 2.6  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 45 0.2 615 0.3  
  Asian 204 0.8 967 0.4  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 4 0.0 71 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 273 1.1 2,707 1.3  
  Hispanic Origin 428 1.8 4,407 2.0  
  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  
  Rowan County 24,879 25,809 26,953 28,023  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2010 2015 Pct. Change  
  Rowan County $26,029 $28,951 11.2 %  
  Kentucky $33,031 $38,588 16.8 %  
  U.S. $40,277 $48,112 19.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $18,373- $32,823 $21,745- $38,638    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2015 2015  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Rowan County 8,542 2.44 $36,860  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Rowan County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 10,657 10,695 85,293 85,419  
  Employed 10,069 10,057 79,064 79,105  
  Unemployed 588 638 6,229 6,314  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 5.5 6.0 7.3 7.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Rowan County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 7.3 9.0 8.2 8.1  
  2013 7.5 9.2 8.3 7.4  
  2014 7.0 8.1 6.5 6.2  
  2015 6.0 7.2 5.4 5.3  
  2016 5.5 7.3 5.0 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Rowan County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 3,784 48.4  
  Commuting Out of County 4,033 51.6  
  Total Residents 7,817 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 3,784 40.2  
  Commuting Into County 5,635 59.8  
  Total Employees 9,419 100.0  
  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  
    Rowan County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$635$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries5978311,017 
 Natural Resources and MiningN/A1,0751,124 
 Construction7819931,096 
 Manufacturing7511,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities488758852 
 Information7579441,829 
 Financial Activities6891,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services3558781,332 
 Education and Health ServicesN/A878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality242312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified428591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of the Labor Statistics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Morehead  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2015)
 
  Morehead State University  Morehead  10,872  
  21  Morehead State University at West Liberty  West Liberty  N/A  
  29  Kentucky Christian University  Grayson  606  
  29  Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling  Mt. Sterling  N/A  
  47  Morehead State University at Ashland  Ashland  N/A  
  47  Shawnee State University  Portsmouth, OH  3,881  
  48  Ohio University - Southern Campus  Ironton, OH  2,073  
  51  Morehead State University at Prestonsburg  Prestonsburg  N/A  
  56  Eastern Kentucky University  Richmond  16,844  
  56  Indiana Wesleyan University - Lexington Education Center  Lexington  N/A  
  56  Lexington Theological Seminary  Lexington  81  
  56  Sullivan University, Lexington Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  56  Transylvania University  Lexington  1,053  
  56  University of Kentucky  Lexington  29,727  
  57  Marshall University  Huntington, WV  13,621  
  60  Georgetown College  Georgetown  1,364  
      Total Enrollments 80,122  
  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 Morehead  
  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)
 
  Maysville Community & Technical College, Rowan Campus  Morehead  N/A  
  35  Maysville Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Maysville  † 3,158  
  43  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Mayo Campus  Paintsville  N/A  
  43  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Winchester - Clark Co. Campus  Winchester  N/A  
  44  Hazard Community & Technical College, Lees College Campus  Jackson  N/A  
  47  Ashland Community & Technical College, College Drive Campus  Ashland  † 2,728  
  47  Ashland Community & Technical College, Roberts Drive Campus  Ashland  N/A  
  47  Ashland Community & Technical College, Technology Dr. Campus  Ashland  N/A  
  48  Maysville Community & Tech College, Licking Valley Campus  Cynthiana  N/A  
  51  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Prestonsburg Campus  Prestonsburg  † 4,938  
  56  American National University - Richmond KY Campus  Richmond  N/A  
  56  American National University- Lexington KY Campus  Lexington  780  
  56  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Cooper Campus  Lexington  10,388  
  56  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Leestown Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  56  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Newtown Pike Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  56  Spencerian College, Lexington Campus  Lexington  74  
  57  Huntington Junior College  Huntington, WV  558  
  60  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Advanced Manufacturing Center  Georgetown  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 22,624  
  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 Morehead  
    Enrollment (2015-2016)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  17  Carter County Career and Technical Center  Olive Hill  186 N/A 186  
  21  Morgan County ATC  West Liberty  669 N/A 669  
  29  Montgomery County ATC  Mt. Sterling  557 N/A 557  
  29  Foster Meade Career and Technical Center  Vanceburg  994 N/A 994  
  35  Mason County ATC  Maysville  201 N/A 201  
  42  Greenup County ATC  Greenup  530 N/A 530  
  43  Clark County ATC  Winchester  704 N/A 704  
  44  Lee County ATC  Beattyville  357 N/A 357  
  44  Breathitt County ATC  Jackson  431 N/A 431  
  46  Russell ATC  Russell  522 N/A 522  
  47  Boyd Co Career & Tech Educ Ctr Voc School  Ashland  746 N/A 746  
  48  Harrison County ATC  Cynthiana  681 N/A 681  
  54  Martin County ATC  Inez  364 N/A 364  
  56  Eastside Technical Center  Lexington  906 N/A 906  
  56  Southside Technical Center  Lexington  471 N/A 471  
  56  Madison County ATC  Richmond  801 N/A 801  
  57  Floyd County ATC (GARTH)  Martin  291 N/A 291  
  60  Elkhorn Crossing School  Georgetown  860 N/A 860  
  60  Jackson County ATC  McKee  463 N/A 463  
      Total Enrollments 10,734     10,734   
  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 123-28 $762,151 
 Manufacturing Expansion 35 $19,241,167 
 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 (November 22, 2017).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2015  
    Rowan County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries10,074100.070,006100.0 
 Total Private Industries7,24871.956,29880.4 
 Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A2170.3 
 Construction2042.02,8604.1 
 Manufacturing9459.410,61815.2 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities1,76217.513,55319.4 
 Information630.65150.7 
 Financial Activities3323.32,1593.1 
 Professional and Business Services4304.33,5885.1 
 Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A6,0478.6 
 Leisure and Hospitality1,18111.76,6989.6 
 Other Services and Unclassified1341.31,5912.3 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Morehead 
 Caudill Seed and Warehouse Company IncAgricultural production, manufacturing232000 
 Diamond Forest Resources IncPallet manufacturer, recycler, wholesaler and distributor431985 
 Family Dollar Stores IncRetail distribution center300N/A 
 Fannin Industries IncRough cut lumber481965 
 Hamilton IncWholesale bread and pastry distribution451994 
 Harold White Lumber IncAppalachian hardwoods; kiln dried and or green, surfacing, edging, heat treatment for pallets, worldwide exporter471968 
 Harold White Millworks IncMillwork, moldings and molder blanks451989 
 Homer Gregory & Co IncDimension stock, rough & kiln dried lumber101944 
 Morehead Machining IncTool & die: jigs, fixtures & progressive dies, welding/fabrication161996 
 Morehead Wood ProductsCompanySawmill producing staves for bourbon, whiskey and wine industries1052015 
 Newspaper Holdings IncNewspaper publishing111883 
 Premier Bandag IncTruck tire retreading131997 
 RajantMulti-frequency wireless solutions for the defense industry72016 
 Regal Beloit America IncBall & roller bearings2001976 
 SRG GlobalPlastic exterior trim5941997 
 Valley View Hardwoods IncProduces hardwood lumber: red oak, white oak, poplar, hard maple, soft maple, basswood, walnut, cherry. Products include: stave logs, veneer logs, fence plank, pallet lumber and pallet cants.402000 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (November 22, 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  
  Rowan $0.2170 $0.2690 $0.1600    
  City  
  Lakeview Heights $0.0960 $0.0960 $0.0000    
  Morehead $0.2790 $0.3624 $0.2200    
  School District  
  Rowan County Schools $0.5680 $0.5680 $0.4900    
  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  
  Rowan   1.00%   1.50% (on net profits)  
  City  
  Lakeview Heights   No tax   No tax  
  Morehead   1.50%   1.50% (on net profits)  
  School District  
  Rowan 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 Rowan County
  Electric  
 AEP - Kentucky Power Company - 606-929-1600 
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Clark Energy Cooperative - 859-744-4251 
    Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative - 606-845-2661 
    Grayson RECC - 606-474-5136 
    Licking Valley RECC - 606-743-3179 
 Kentucky Utilities (a PPL company) - 800-383-5582 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Delta Natural Gas Company - 859-744-6171 
 Morehead Utility Plant Board - 606-784-5538 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Morehead Utility Plant Board - 606-784-5538 
 Morehead Wastewater Treatment Plant5,000,0002,940,0002,060,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Bath County Water District - 606-683-6363N/AN/AN/A 
 Morehead Utility Plant Board - 606-784-55388,000,0005,266,1612,733,839 
 Rowan Water Inc - 606-784-9818N/AN/AN/A 
  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): Rowan County - $126,800 for 73 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 55.5 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2015 56.2 degrees  
  Record Highest, July 2012 (71-year record) 105 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1963 (71-year record) -21 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 4,611  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,190  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 45.17 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 13 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2015 59.89 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 129.8  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (68-year record) 39.8  
  Prevailing Winds South  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  1 a.m. 79 percent  
  7 a.m. 83 percent  
  1 p.m. 61 percent  
  7 p.m. 66 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: Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, KY.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2015-2016  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Rowan County Schools 3,055 16.6  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.