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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

Helen Mountjoy
Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation
200 East Third Street, Suite 200
PO Box 782
Owensboro, KY 42302-0782
Phone: 270-926-4339
FAX: 270-926-2178
WEB: edc.owensboro.com
E-mail: hmountjoy@owensboro.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
Daviess County 99,674
Labor Market Area 497,330
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2015 $40,032
Median Household Income 2015 $45,989
Median Home Price 2015 $125,950
   
  Unemployment Rate 2016
Daviess County 4.5%
Labor Market Area 4.5%
U.S. 4.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2015
Daviess County $757
Labor Market Area $799
U.S. $1,018


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Owensboro


Population
44%

Personal Income
56%

Retail Sales
41%

Manufacturing Employment
52%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 378 11. Dallas, TX 738 21. Nashville, TN 134  
  2. Baltimore, MD 713 12. Detroit, MI 470 22. New Orleans, LA 664  
  3. Birmingham, AL 324 13. Houston, TX 859 23. New York, NY 850  
  4. Boston, MA 1,059 14. Indianapolis, IN 178 24. Norfolk, VA 752  
  5. Buffalo, NY 642 15. Jacksonville, FL 726 25. Oklahoma City, OK 703  
  6. Charlotte, NC 513 16. Kansas City, MO 451 26. Omaha, NE 641  
  7. Chicago, IL 328 17. Lexington, KY 179 27. Philadelphia, PA 777  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 209 18. Louisville, KY 109 28. Pittsburgh, PA 495  
  9. Cleveland, OH 455 19. Memphis, TN 291 29. St. Louis, MO 209  
  10. Columbus, OH 315 20. Minneapolis, MN 749 30. Wichita, KS 647  
  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 183-005 Bluegrass Crossings Business Centre 1134 1134 No 0.5 35  
  Shovel-ready 177-002 Paradise Regional Business Park 619.95 553 No 0 89  
    059-004 Owensboro-Daviess County Airport Site 163.8 163.8 No 1.8 0  
  Shovel-ready 059-001 MidAmerica Airpark 155.44 91.8 No 1.8 1  
  Shovel-ready 059-005 4701 Hwy 2830 East Industrial Site 40 40 Possible 5 9  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details
  Bldg. ID Building Name Square Feet Ac. Min. Ceiling Ht. Rail  
  059-014 Marks Building 225,000 16.0 14.0' minimum Possible  
  059-034 Cold Storage Building 46,014 N/A 28.0' 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 493,105 494,508 495,272 496,711 497,330  
  Daviess County 97,886 98,311 98,416 99,333 99,674  
 Owensboro58,20858,44258,51259,08859,273 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2016  
    Daviess County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 21,668 21.7 101,254 20.4  
  16-24 10,797 10.8 56,127 11.3  
  25-44 24,510 24.6 123,413 24.8  
  45-64 26,334 26.4 133,603 26.9  
  65-84 14,132 14.2 72,065 14.5  
  85 and older 2,233 2.2 10,868 2.2  
  Median Age 38.8   39.7    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016  
    Daviess County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 91,100 91.4 450,651 90.6  
  Black or African American 4,908 4.9 29,343 5.9  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 128 0.1 1,302 0.3  
  Asian 1,387 1.4 5,952 1.2  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 145 0.1 489 0.1  
  Other/Multirace 2,006 2.0 9,593 1.9  
  Hispanic Origin 2,898 2.9 12,546 2.5  
  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  
  Daviess County 102,033 104,517 106,676 108,502  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2010 2015 Pct. Change  
  Daviess County $34,871 $40,032 14.8 %  
  Kentucky $33,031 $38,588 16.8 %  
  U.S. $40,277 $48,112 19.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $26,962- $41,501 $31,472- $48,593    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2015 2015  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Daviess County 38,536 2.48 $45,989  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Daviess County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 45,469 46,923 237,384 241,891  
  Employed 43,433 44,669 226,640 231,127  
  Unemployed 2,036 2,254 10,744 10,764  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.5 4.8 4.5 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Daviess County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 6.7 7.4 8.2 8.1  
  2013 6.8 7.1 8.3 7.4  
  2014 5.7 5.8 6.5 6.2  
  2015 4.7 4.7 5.4 5.3  
  2016 4.5 4.5 5.0 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Daviess County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 26,856 68.0  
  Commuting Out of County 12,665 32.0  
  Total Residents 39,521 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 26,856 61.8  
  Commuting Into County 16,597 38.2  
  Total Employees 43,453 100.0  
  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  
    Daviess County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$757$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries7618311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining8921,0751,124 
 Construction8449931,096 
 Manufacturing1,0161,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities736758852 
 InformationN/A9441,829 
 Financial Activities8521,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services6298781,332 
 Education and Health Services879878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality289312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified641591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of the Labor Statistics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Owensboro  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2015)
 
  Brescia University  Owensboro  1,060  
  Kentucky Wesleyan College  Owensboro  693  
  WKU - Owensboro Extended Campus: Main  Owensboro  N/A  
  26  Murray State University, Henderson Regional Campus  Henderson  N/A  
  28  Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville Campus  Evansville, IN  N/A  
  28  University of Evansville  Evansville, IN  2,495  
  28  University of Southern Indiana  Evansville, IN  10,671  
  36  Murray State University, Madisonville Regional Campus  Madisonville  N/A  
  42  Oakland City University  Oakland City, IN  1,450  
      Total Enrollments 16,369  
  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 Owensboro  
  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)
 
  Owensboro Community & Technical College, Downtown  Owensboro  N/A  
  Owensboro Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Owensboro  † 3,974  
  Owensboro Community & Technical College, Southeastern Campus  Owensboro  N/A  
  26  Henderson Community College  Henderson  1,561  
  28  Harrison College - Evansville Branch  Evansville, IN  N/A  
  32  Madisonville Community College, Muhlenberg Campus  Central City  N/A  
  36  Madisonville Community College, Health Campus  Madisonville  N/A  
  36  Madisonville Community College, Main Campus  Madisonville  † 4,261  
  49  Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Leitchfield Campus  Leitchfield  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 9,796  
  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 Owensboro  
    Enrollment (2015-2016)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  25  Ohio County ATC  Hartford  718 N/A 718  
  26  Henderson County ATC  Henderson  2197 N/A 2197  
  36  Webster County ATC  Dixon  348 N/A 348  
  38  Muhlenberg County CTC  Greenville  323 N/A 323  
  39  Breckinridge County ATC  Harned  717 N/A 717  
  43  Union County Area Vocational Ed Center  Morganfield  704 N/A 704  
  44  Butler County ATC  Morgantown  467 N/A 467  
  49  Grayson County Area Vocational Education Center  Leitchfield  933 N/A 933  
  54  Meade County ATC  Brandenburg  498 N/A 498  
      Total Enrollments 6,905     6,905   
  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 3100 $32,120,000 
 Manufacturing Expansion 30424-444 $181,595,593 
 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 09, 2017).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2015  
    Daviess County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries44,871100.0219,421100.0 
 Total Private Industries39,26887.5192,92287.9 
 Natural Resources and Mining4020.91,2760.6 
 Construction1,8494.112,8975.9 
 Manufacturing5,56512.434,11915.5 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities9,37020.931,29514.3 
 InformationN/AN/A1,8250.8 
 Financial Activities3,4717.78,7534.0 
 Professional and Business Services3,4637.721,6619.9 
 Education and Health Services8,70119.436,69416.7 
 Leisure and Hospitality4,67010.420,4819.3 
 Other Services and Unclassified1,3323.07,2253.3 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Owensboro 
 Alorica IncCustomer management and back office support for clients in the automotive, energy, financial services, government, healthcare, telecommunications, technology, and media sectors.2502017 
 Boardwalk Pipeline PartnersHeadquarters; natural gas transmissions company2071960 
 Canteen Service CoHeadquarters: vending services, coffee and food service management2751977 
 Daramic LLCAutomotive deep cycle & Industrial battery separators1581959 
 Dart Polymers IncPolystyrene pellets & EPS1601983 
 Glenmore Distillery, TheWhiskey, gin, vodka, wines, brandy & cocktail bottling4001869 
 Hunter Douglas IncWindow coverings and components1771981 
 Kimberly-Clark CorporationTissue paper & towels340N/A 
 Metalsa Structural Products IncSteel pickup truck frames (Tundra and Sequoia) and cradles (Highlanders & Siera)3191997 
 Mizkan America IncTomato-based pasta sauces, pizza sauces, dairy-based Alfredo sauces, cheese sauce - All packaged in glass or plastic jars under the Ragu and Bertolli brand names.4001975 
 MPD IncCommercial tubes & components, microwave & police radar equipment, breath analyzers, ceramics & ceramic to metal seals2101987 
 Owensboro Grain Company LLCSoybean crude oil & meal; biodiesel1621906 
 Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline IncHeadquarters4782004 
 Specialty Foods Group Inc aka Field Packing DivisionProcessed meat products5701915 
 Swedish Match North AmericaSmokeless tobacco products3121973 
 Titan Contracting & Leasing Company IncPower Plant Construction and Maintenance Services, Fabrication, Storage tank, natural gas or oil, tank farm or field construction, specialty mechanical services.1601985 
 Toyotetsu Mid America LLCAutomotive stampings and welded assemblies5502002 
 UniFirst CorporationUniform distribution3751998 
 US Bank Home MortgageLoan servicing, correspondent lending risk services, data center.21201992 
 Yager Materials LLCReady-mixed concrete, crushed limestone, sand & gravel1921914 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (November 09, 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  
  Daviess $0.2428 $0.3067 $0.2540    
  City  
  Owensboro $0.2593 $0.2565 $0.3030    
  Whitesville $0.0800 $0.0930 $0.1790    
  School District  
  Daviess County Schools $0.6480 $0.6480 $0.4900    
  Owensboro Independent Schools $0.8580 $0.8580 $0.6410    
  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  
  Daviess   0.35%   0.35% (on net profits)  
  City  
  Owensboro   1.39%   1.39% (on net profits)  
  Whitesville   No tax   No tax  
  School District  
  Daviess County Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Owensboro Independent 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 Daviess County
  Electric  
 Big Rivers Electric Corporation - 270-827-2561 
    Kenergy Corporation - 270-684-6100 
 Kentucky Utilities (a PPL company) - 800-383-5582 
 Owensboro Municipal Utilities - 270-926-3200 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Atmos Energy Corporation - 270-685-8069 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Regional Water Resource Agency (RWRA) - 270-687-8450 
 Eastside Treatment Plant6,800,0003,860,0002,940,000 
 Max N. Rhoads (Westside) Plant15,000,00010,485,0004,515,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 East Daviess County Water Association - 270-281-5187N/AN/AN/A 
 North McLean County Water District - 270-278-2800N/AN/AN/A 
 Ohio County Water District - 270-298-77044,000,0002,356,5761,643,424 
 Owensboro Municipal Utilities - 270-926-320030,000,00013,757,16116,242,839 
 Southeast Daviess County Water District - 270-685-5594N/AN/AN/A 
 West Daviess County Water District - 270-685-5594N/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): Daviess County - $125,950 for 618 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 56.3 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2015 57.8 degrees  
  Record Highest, July 2012 (75-year record) 107 degrees  
  Record Lowest, February 1951 (75-year record) -23 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 4,547  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,397  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 45.31 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 11.8 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2015 51.94 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 115.5  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (68-year record) 42.7  
  Prevailing Winds South  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  12 midnight 80 percent  
  6 a.m. 83 percent  
  12 noon 59 percent  
  6 p.m. 63 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: Evansville Regional Airport, Evansville, IN.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2015-2016  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Daviess County Schools 11,102 16.2  
  Owensboro Independent Schools 4,776 14.7  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.