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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

David Pace
Chairman
Meade County - Brandenburg Industrial Development Authority
79 Broadway
PO Box 489
Brandenburg, KY 40108
Phone: 270-422-5627
FAX: 270-422-5629
WEB: www.meadecountyky.com/index.html
E-mail: dpace@mcrecc.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
Meade County 28,126
Labor Market Area 351,370
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2015 $34,894
Median Household Income 2015 $49,884
Median Home Price 2015 $137,404
   
  Unemployment Rate 2016
Meade County 5.0%
Labor Market Area 4.4%
U.S. 4.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2015
Meade County $685
Labor Market Area $731
U.S. $1,018


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Brandenburg


Population
45%

Personal Income
55%

Retail Sales
43%

Manufacturing Employment
53%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 405 11. Dallas, TX 820 21. Nashville, TN 162  
  2. Baltimore, MD 644 12. Detroit, MI 403 22. New Orleans, LA 691  
  3. Birmingham, AL 352 13. Houston, TX 941 23. New York, NY 782  
  4. Boston, MA 992 14. Indianapolis, IN 149 24. Norfolk, VA 682  
  5. Buffalo, NY 575 15. Jacksonville, FL 754 25. Oklahoma City, OK 754  
  6. Charlotte, NC 481 16. Kansas City, MO 502 26. Omaha, NE 692  
  7. Chicago, IL 329 17. Lexington, KY 111 27. Philadelphia, PA 709  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 142 18. Louisville, KY 39 28. Pittsburgh, PA 428  
  9. Cleveland, OH 388 19. Memphis, TN 365 29. St. Louis, MO 260  
  10. Columbus, OH 248 20. Minneapolis, MN 737 30. Wichita, KS 698  
  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 163-002 Buttermilk Falls Industrial Site 480.1 341.3 Possible 20.3 38  

 


 

 

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  
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  
  Labor Market Area 346,924 349,647 351,230 349,385 351,370  
  Meade County 29,301 29,285 29,189 27,853 28,126  
 Brandenburg2,8302,8802,9222,8442,873 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2016  
    Meade County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 5,707 20.3 72,178 20.5  
  16-24 3,166 11.3 39,662 11.3  
  25-44 7,448 26.5 89,136 25.4  
  45-64 8,019 28.5 98,272 28.0  
  65-84 3,418 12.2 46,614 13.3  
  85 and older 368 1.3 5,508 1.6  
  Median Age 39.0   39.3    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016  
    Meade County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 26,038 92.6 316,742 90.1  
  Black or African American 965 3.4 20,368 5.8  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 212 0.8 1,414 0.4  
  Asian 220 0.8 4,181 1.2  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 52 0.2 510 0.1  
  Other/Multirace 639 2.3 8,155 2.3  
  Hispanic Origin 1,090 3.9 11,745 3.3  
  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  
  Meade County 27,395 26,780 26,025 25,127  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2010 2015 Pct. Change  
  Meade County $30,235 $34,894 15.4 %  
  Kentucky $33,031 $38,588 16.8 %  
  U.S. $40,277 $48,112 19.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $26,469- $38,340 $33,108- $48,815    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2015 2015  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Meade County 10,574 2.73 $49,884  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Meade County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 11,982 12,536 168,142 174,349  
  Employed 11,378 11,875 160,826 166,614  
  Unemployed 604 661 7,316 7,735  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 5.0 5.3 4.4 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Meade County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 10.1 8.1 8.2 8.1  
  2013 8.9 7.5 8.3 7.4  
  2014 7.0 5.9 6.5 6.2  
  2015 5.6 4.8 5.4 5.3  
  2016 5.0 4.4 5.0 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Meade County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 2,415 23.6  
  Commuting Out of County 7,828 76.4  
  Total Residents 10,243 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 2,415 55.9  
  Commuting Into County 1,904 44.1  
  Total Employees 4,319 100.0  
  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  
    Meade County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$685$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries7038311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining9611,0751,124 
 Construction9349931,096 
 Manufacturing1,3951,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities490758852 
 Information9649441,829 
 Financial Activities6281,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services6248781,332 
 Education and Health ServicesN/A878911 
 Leisure and HospitalityN/A312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified393591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of the Labor Statistics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Brandenburg  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2015)
 
  18  McKendree University - Radcliff Campus  Radcliff  N/A  
  26  WKU - Elizabethtown Center  Elizabethtown  N/A  
  29  Bellarmine University  Louisville  3,846  
  29  Boyce College  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Campbellsville University, Louisville Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Galen College of Nursing, Louisville Extended Classroom  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Galen College of Nursing, Main Campus  Louisville  1,045  
  29  Indiana University Southeast  New Albany, IN  6,173  
  29  Indiana Wesleyan University - Louisville Education Center  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Louisville Bible College  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary  Louisville  170  
  29  McKendree University - Louisville KY Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Northwood University - Louisville  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Purdue Polytechnic Institute  New Albany, IN  N/A  
  29  Southern Baptist Theological Seminary  Louisville  3,671  
  29  Spalding University  Louisville  2,202  
  29  Sullivan University, Main Campus  Louisville  † 3,797  
  29  University of Louisville  Louisville  21,294  
  29  University of Louisville Health Sciences Center  Louisville  N/A  
  29  University of Louisville, ShelbyHurst Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Webster University, Louisville Metropolitan Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  54  Brescia University  Owensboro  1,060  
  54  Kentucky Wesleyan College  Owensboro  693  
  54  WKU - Owensboro Extended Campus: Main  Owensboro  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 43,951  
  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 Brandenburg  
  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)
 
  26  Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Elizabethtown  † 6,301  
  26  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Bullitt Co. Campus  Shepherdsville  N/A  
  29  American National University - Louisville KY Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Brown Mackie College - Louisville  Louisville  795  
  29  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Jefferson Technical Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Louisville  † 12,138  
  29  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Southwest Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  29  Spencerian College, Louisville Campus  Louisville  497  
  29  Sullivan College of Technology and Design  Louisville  406  
  36  Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Leitchfield Campus  Leitchfield  N/A  
  54  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Shelby Co. Campus  Shelbyville  N/A  
  54  Owensboro Community & Technical College, Downtown  Owensboro  N/A  
  54  Owensboro Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Owensboro  † 3,974  
  54  Owensboro Community & Technical College, Southeastern Campus  Owensboro  N/A  
  57  Elizabethtown Community & Tech. College, Springfield Campus  Springfield  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 24,111  
  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 Brandenburg  
    Enrollment (2015-2016)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Meade County ATC  Brandenburg  498 N/A 498  
  21  Breckinridge County ATC  Harned  717 N/A 717  
  26  Bullitt County ATC  Shepherdsville  190 N/A 190  
  36  Grayson County Area Vocational Education Center  Leitchfield  933 N/A 933  
  41  Nelson County ATC  Bardstown  444 N/A 444  
  48  Oldham County CTC  Buckner  309 N/A 309  
  54  Ohio County ATC  Hartford  718 N/A 718  
  54  Shelby County ATC  Shelbyville  559 N/A 559  
  59  Marion County ATC  Lebanon  604 N/A 604  
      Total Enrollments 4,972     4,972   
  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 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 (November 17, 2017).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2015  
    Meade County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries4,141100.0116,029100.0 
 Total Private Industries3,03573.390,36877.9 
 Natural Resources and Mining1303.13280.3 
 Construction3799.24,8424.2 
 Manufacturing3628.718,38615.8 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities66116.022,17019.1 
 Information1012.41,2111.0 
 Financial Activities2165.23,7113.2 
 Professional and Business Services1132.710,4619.0 
 Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A9,4128.1 
 Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A10,0128.6 
 Other Services and Unclassified2065.04,1013.5 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Battletown 
 Haydon Materials Battletown LLCCrushed limestone141905 
 Riverside Stone CoLimestone701954 
 Brandenburg 
 Greenwood Marketing LLC DBADevelop, design and fabricate contracture orthosis. Design/development /engineering. Gauge/template/pattern fabrications. 3-axis CNC machine center.241991 
 Monument Chemical KentuckyIndustrial organic chemicals and chemical mfg2751952 
 Powers Paper Company IncPaper cutting & slitting281990 
 Payneville 
 Webb Butcher BlockJerky, summer sausages,salamis, snack links, and sausage links71963 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (November 17, 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  
  Meade $0.3840 $0.6783 $0.2191    
  City  
  Brandenburg $0.1990 $0.3962 $0.3280    
  Ekron $0.1400 $0.1400 $0.1400    
  School District  
  Meade County Schools $0.5090 $0.5090 $0.5460    
  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  
  Meade   No tax   No tax  
  City  
  Brandenburg   No tax   No tax  
  Ekron   No tax   No tax  
  School District  
  Meade 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 Meade County
  Electric  
 Big Rivers Electric Corporation - 270-827-2561 
    Meade County RECC - 270-422-2162 
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Nolin RECC - 270-765-6153 
 Louisville Gas & Electric (a PPL company) - 800-331-7370 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Louisville Gas & Electric (a PPL company) - 800-331-7370 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 City of Brandenburg - 270-422-4981 
 Brandenburg STP312,000186,000126,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Brandenburg Water Works - 270-422-49811,000,000804,655195,345 
 Meade County Water District - 270-422-5006N/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): Meade County - $137,404 for 121 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 58.1 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2015 59.2 degrees  
  Record Highest, July 2012 (68-year record) 106 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1994 (67-year record) -22 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 4,097  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,614  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 44.91 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 12.5 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2015 62.41 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 122.8  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (68-year record) 46.7  
  Prevailing Winds South  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  1 a.m. 76 percent  
  7 a.m. 81 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: Louisville Int.-Standiford Fld Arpt, Louisville,KY.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2015-2016  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Meade County Schools 4,842 18.2  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.