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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

Stanley Franklin
County Judge/Executive
Morgan County Fiscal Court
Morgan County Office Building
450 Prestonsburg Street
West Liberty, KY 41472
Phone: 606-743-3898
FAX: 606-743-3895
WEB: www.morgancounty.ky.gov
E-mail: mcfc.lb@gmail.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

Technical

Steven Vest, Director
Division of Database & Systems Development
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
PHONE: (502) 564-4886
WEB: www.ThinkKentucky.com
Steven.Vest@ky.gov

 


 

Quick Facts

 
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  Industrial Electric Cost Per KWH, 2015
Kentucky $0.0548
U.S. $0.0691

 

Statistical Summary
  Population 2015
Morgan County 13,275
Labor Market Area 110,160
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2015 $24,281
Median Household Income 2014 $29,730
Median Home Price 2014 $50,500
   
  Unemployment Rate 2015
Morgan County 8.0%
Labor Market Area 8.6%
U.S. 5.3%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2013
Morgan County $617
Labor Market Area $601
U.S. $957


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of West Liberty


Population
51%

Personal Income
50%

Retail Sales
50%

Manufacturing Employment
55%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 409 11. Dallas, TX 956 21. Nashville, TN 298  
  2. Baltimore, MD 483 12. Detroit, MI 359 22. New Orleans, LA 794  
  3. Birmingham, AL 454 13. Houston, TX 1,078 23. New York, NY 656  
  4. Boston, MA 866 14. Indianapolis, IN 270 24. Norfolk, VA 521  
  5. Buffalo, NY 504 15. Jacksonville, FL 691 25. Oklahoma City, OK 914  
  6. Charlotte, NC 321 16. Kansas City, MO 662 26. Omaha, NE 852  
  7. Chicago, IL 450 17. Lexington, KY 85 27. Philadelphia, PA 580  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 146 18. Louisville, KY 158 28. Pittsburgh, PA 345  
  9. Cleveland, OH 317 19. Memphis, TN 501 29. St. Louis, MO 419  
  10. Columbus, OH 177 20. Minneapolis, MN 858 30. Wichita, KS 858  
  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 254.1 218.2 No 1.2 68  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details

This community currently has no available buildings.
Note: A "+" symbol following the building name denotes a secondary building.
Special Purpose Buildings

 


 

 

Demographics

 

 

  Total Population  
    2011 2012 2013 2014 2015  
  Labor Market Area 111,466 110,433 110,359 110,158 110,160  
  Morgan County 13,721 13,475 13,341 13,326 13,275  
 West Liberty3,3053,2553,2933,2713,330 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2015  
    Morgan County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 2,223 16.7 20,789 18.9  
  16-24 1,431 10.8 14,475 13.1  
  25-44 3,885 29.3 27,046 24.6  
  45-64 3,782 28.5 30,231 27.4  
  65-84 1,737 13.1 15,977 14.5  
  85 and older 217 1.6 1,642 1.5  
  Median Age 40.4   39.6    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2015  
    Morgan County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 12,490 94.1 106,720 96.9  
  Black or African American 578 4.4 1,719 1.6  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 34 0.3 216 0.2  
  Asian 52 0.4 420 0.4  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 2 0.0 25 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 119 0.9 1,060 1.0  
  Hispanic Origin 113 0.9 1,082 1.0  
  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  
  Morgan County 12,824 12,324 11,762 11,155  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2010 2015 Pct. Change  
  Morgan County $21,347 $24,281 13.7 %  
  Kentucky $33,031 $38,588 16.8 %  
  U.S. $40,277 $48,112 19.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $18,373- $29,943 $21,745- $32,127    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2014 2014  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Morgan County 4,841 2.44 $29,730  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Morgan County Labor Market Area  
  2015 Dec. 2016 2015 Dec. 2016  
  Civilian Labor Force 4,612 4,695 37,557 38,411  
  Employed 4,245 4,362 34,320 35,338  
  Unemployed 367 333 3,237 3,073  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 8.0 7.1 8.6 8.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Morgan County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2011 12.0 11.2 9.5 8.9  
  2012 11.4 10.2 8.2 8.1  
  2013 11.8 10.8 8.3 7.4  
  2014 9.4 9.4 6.5 6.2  
  2015 8.0 8.6 5.4 5.3  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Average Weekly Wage, 2013  
    Morgan County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
  All Industries $617 $784 $957  
  Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 0 631 568  
  Mining 0 1,318 1,888  
  Construction 0 911 1,019  
  Manufacturing 554 1,030 1,176  
  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 448 722 817  
  Information 807 853 1,616  
  Financial Activities 0 1,069 1,549  
  Services 628 692 857  
  Public Administration 570 813 1,097  
  Other 317 1,109 987  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of the Labor Statistics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of West Liberty  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2015)
 
  Morehead State University at West Liberty  West Liberty  N/A  
  21  Morehead State University  Morehead  10,872  
  32  Morehead State University at Prestonsburg  Prestonsburg  N/A  
  34  Kentucky Christian University  Grayson  606  
  38  Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling  Mt. Sterling  N/A  
  45  Alice Lloyd College  Pippa Passes  616  
  51  Morehead State University at Ashland  Ashland  N/A  
  51  University of Pikeville  Pikeville  2,531  
  52  Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing  Hyden  1,605  
  53  Ohio University - Southern Campus  Ironton, OH  2,073  
  57  Eastern Kentucky University  Richmond  16,844  
  57  Marshall University  Huntington, WV  13,621  
  59  Eastern Kentucky University, Manchester Campus  Manchester  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 48,768  
  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 West Liberty  
  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)
 
  21  Maysville Community & Technical College, Rowan Campus  Morehead  N/A  
  25  Hazard Community & Technical College, Lees College Campus  Jackson  N/A  
  26  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Mayo Campus  Paintsville  N/A  
  32  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Prestonsburg Campus  Prestonsburg  † 4,938  
  43  Hazard Community & Technical College, Knott County Branch  Hindman  N/A  
  46  Hazard Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Hazard  † 3,238  
  46  Hazard Community & Technical College, Technical Campus  Hazard  N/A  
  51  American National University - Pikeville KY Campus  Pikeville  N/A  
  51  Ashland Community & Technical College, College Drive Campus  Ashland  † 2,728  
  51  Ashland Community & Technical College, Roberts Drive Campus  Ashland  N/A  
  51  Ashland Community & Technical College, Technology Dr. Campus  Ashland  N/A  
  51  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Pikeville Campus  Pikeville  N/A  
  51  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Winchester - Clark Co. Campus  Winchester  N/A  
  52  Hazard Community & Technical College - Leslie Co. Center  Hyden  N/A  
  57  American National University - Richmond KY Campus  Richmond  N/A  
  57  Huntington Junior College  Huntington, WV  558  
  57  Maysville Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Maysville  † 3,158  
  60  Southeast Community & Technical College, Whitesburg Campus  Whitesburg  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 14,620  
  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 West Liberty  
    Enrollment (2014-2015)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Morgan County ATC  West Liberty  549 N/A 549  
  25  Breathitt County ATC  Jackson  385 N/A 385  
  27  Carter County Career and Technical Center  Olive Hill  151 N/A 151  
  33  Lee County ATC  Beattyville  264 N/A 264  
  37  Floyd County ATC (GARTH)  Martin  392 N/A 392  
  38  Montgomery County ATC  Mt. Sterling  497 N/A 497  
  40  Martin County ATC  Inez  313 N/A 313  
  43  Knott County ATC  Hindman  345 N/A 345  
  47  Foster Meade Career and Technical Center  Vanceburg  615 N/A 615  
  51  Boyd County High School Vocational School  Ashland  545 N/A 545  
  51  Greenup County ATC  Greenup  421 N/A 421  
  51  Russell ATC  Russell  376 N/A 376  
  51  Clark County ATC  Winchester  680 N/A 680  
  52  Leslie County ATC  Hyden  400 N/A 400  
  52  Jackson County ATC  McKee  354 N/A 354  
  57  Mason County ATC  Maysville  158 N/A 158  
  57  Madison County ATC  Richmond  726 N/A 726  
  58  Millard ATC  Millard  236 N/A 236  
  59  Belfry ATC  Belfry  267 N/A 267  
  59  Clay County ATC  Manchester  250 N/A 250  
  60  Letcher County ATC  Whitesburg  505 N/A 505  
      Total Enrollments 8,429     8,429   
  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, 2016-Present  
    Reported  
    Companies Jobs Investment  
 Manufacturing Location 00 $0 
 Manufacturing Expansion 00 $0 
 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 (March 22, 2017).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2013  
    Morgan County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
  All Industries 3,048 100.0 27,066 100.0  
  Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 0 0.0 N/A N/A  
  Mining 0 0.0 N/A N/A  
  Construction 0 0.0 493 1.8  
  Manufacturing 375 12.3 N/A N/A  
  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 428 14.0 5,456 20.2  
  Information 100 3.3 311 1.1  
  Financial Activities 0 0.0 745 2.8  
  Services 431 14.1 4,423 16.3  
  Public Administration 536 17.6 2,145 7.9  
  Other 1 0.0 N/A N/A  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Crockett 
 Rod & Staff Publishers IncSchool & religious book publishing, greeting cards361959 
 West Liberty 
 Courier Publishing CoNewspaper publishing,71910 
 Fannin Sawmill Inc.Rough cut lumber181970 
 Frederick & May Lumber & SupplyRough, finished, dimension, hardwood & grade lumber; fencing boards471946 
 Lion IncFire gear, chemical gear—liners for coats; pant liners; pant shells; suspenders2611984 
 The Wells Group LLCReady-mixed concrete401958 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (March 22, 2017).  

 


 

 

Taxes

 

 

  State Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation, 2014  
  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, 2015  
  Taxing Jurisdiction Property Taxes
Per $100 Valuation
   
  Real Estate Tangibles Motor Vehicles  
  County  
  Morgan $0.4770 $0.4858 $0.3754    
  City  
  West Liberty $0.1930 $0.1898 $0.1600    
  School District  
  Morgan County Schools $0.5920 $0.5940 $0.5330    
  Source: Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.  
     
  Local Occupational License Taxes, 2015  
  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  
  Morgan 0.50% on net profits  
  City  
  West Liberty 0.50% 0.50% (on net profits)  
  School District  
  Morgan County Schools No tax No tax  
  Source: Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants.   
     

 


 

 

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 Morgan County
  Electric  
 AEP - Kentucky Power Company - 606-929-1600 
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Big Sandy RECC - 606-789-4095 
    Clark Energy Cooperative - 859-744-4251 
    Licking Valley RECC - 606-743-3179 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Columbia Gas of Kentucky Inc - 859-288-0227 
 Elam Utility Company, Inc - 606-743-3695 
 Public Gas Company Inc - 606-666-2205 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 West Liberty Wastewater Treatment Plant - 606-734-4129 
 West Liberty STP850,000530,000320,000  
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Morgan County Water District - 606-743-1204N/AN/AN/A  
 West Liberty Water Company - 606-743-45532,000,0001,086,056913,944  
  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 (2014): Morgan County - $50,500 for 43 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, 2014-2015  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Morgan County Schools 2,022 16.7  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.