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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

Hannah Chretien
Executive Director
Ballard County Economic & Industrial Development Board
297 Kentucky Ave.
Kevil, KY 42053
Phone: 270-462-2952
FAX: 270-744-3308
E-mail: hannahchretien@brtc.net

State

Amy Bowman
Project Coordinator
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601 USA

Phone: 502-564-7670 ext. 22001
Fax: 502-564-3256
Web: http:///www.thinkkentucky.com
Email: Amy.Bowman@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
Ballard County 8,039
Labor Market Area 221,908
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2016 $35,378
Median Household Income 2016 $43,923
Median Home Price 2017 $56,100
   
  Unemployment Rate 2018
Ballard County 6.9%
Labor Market Area 5.2%
U.S. 3.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2017
Ballard County $850
Labor Market Area $743
U.S. $1,042


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Kevil


Population
43%

Personal Income
55%

Retail Sales
39%

Manufacturing Employment
52%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 395 11. Dallas, TX 622 21. Nashville, TN 152  
  2. Baltimore, MD 806 12. Detroit, MI 595 22. New Orleans, LA 581  
  3. Birmingham, AL 342 13. Houston, TX 743 23. New York, NY 974  
  4. Boston, MA 1,183 14. Indianapolis, IN 315 24. Norfolk, VA 847  
  5. Buffalo, NY 766 15. Jacksonville, FL 743 25. Oklahoma City, OK 564  
  6. Charlotte, NC 556 16. Kansas City, MO 403 26. Omaha, NE 594  
  7. Chicago, IL 381 17. Lexington, KY 272 27. Philadelphia, PA 901  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 333 18. Louisville, KY 230 28. Pittsburgh, PA 620  
  9. Cleveland, OH 580 19. Memphis, TN 192 29. St. Louis, MO 185  
  10. Columbus, OH 440 20. Minneapolis, MN 758 30. Wichita, KS 600  
  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 007-006 Haynes Property -- Wickliffe Site 007-006 135 135 No 11.4 169  
  Shovel-ready 007-003 Ballard Industrial Park 58 58 No 11.4 22  
  Shovel-ready 007-001 Wickliffe -- Site 007-001 30 30 Possible 8 22  
  Shovel-ready 007-002 West Kentucky Technology Park 16.3 10.5 No 11.4 6  

 


 

 

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  
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  
  Labor Market Area 226,179 225,390 223,873 222,570 221,908  
  Ballard County 8,277 8,217 8,219 8,054 8,039  
 Kevil622618618605600 
 La Center1,0131,0061,006986982 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2017  
    Ballard County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 1,500 18.7 44,375 20.0  
  16-24 849 10.6 22,084 10.0  
  25-44 1,794 22.3 52,390 23.7  
  45-64 2,259 28.1 59,940 27.1  
  65-84 1,433 17.8 37,124 16.8  
  85 and older 204 2.5 5,485 2.5  
  Median Age 43.8   41.8    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017  
    Ballard County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 7,516 93.5 190,509 86.0  
  Black or African American 274 3.4 23,904 10.8  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 24 0.3 951 0.4  
  Asian 33 0.4 1,301 0.6  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 1 0.0 114 0.1  
  Other/Multirace 191 2.4 4,619 2.1  
  Hispanic Origin 109 1.4 7,177 3.2  
  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  
  Ballard County 8,164 8,097 8,005 7,906  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2011 2016 Pct. Change  
  Ballard County $36,228 $35,378 -2.3 %  
  Kentucky $33,989 $38,926 14.5 %  
  U.S. $41,560 $49,246 18.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $26,943- $39,872 $30,949- $45,927    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Ballard County 3,252 2.49 $43,923  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Ballard County Labor Market Area  
  2018 Apr. 2019 2018 Apr. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 3,583 3,517 97,920 97,607  
  Employed 3,335 3,340 92,784 93,466  
  Unemployed 248 177 5,136 4,141  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 6.9 5.0 5.2 4.2  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Ballard County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 7.9 7.5 6.5 6.2  
  2015 7.1 6.3 5.4 5.3  
  2016 8.6 6.3 5.0 4.9  
  2017 7.6 5.9 4.9 4.4  
  2018 6.9 5.2 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Ballard County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 766 28.0  
  Commuting Out of County 1,973 72.0  
  Total Residents 2,739 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 766 35.2  
  Commuting Into County 1,410 64.8  
  Total Employees 2,176 100.0  
  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, 2017  
    Ballard County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$850$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries1,0368651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining5081,0491,086 
 Construction1,3971,0111,155 
 Manufacturing1,1761,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities686789881 
 Information1,1311,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7241,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services1,4599311,377 
 Education and Health Services603906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality183327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified679626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Kevil  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2018)
 
  14  Murray State University, Paducah Regional Campus  Paducah  N/A  
  40  Southeast Missouri State University  Cape Girardeau, MO  11,486  
  45  Murray State University  Murray  10,012  
  48  Southern Illinois University at Carbondale  Carbondale, IL  † 14,554  
  51  University of Tennessee at Martin  Martin, TN  6,772  
      Total Enrollments 42,824  
  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 Kevil  
  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 2018)
 
  14  West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Paducah  † 6,038  
  40  Metro Business College - Cape Girardeau  Cape Girardeau, MO  61  
      Total Enrollments 6,099  
  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 Kevil  
    Enrollment (2017-2018)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Ballard County CTC  Barlow  576 N/A 576  
  14  Paducah ATC  Paducah  629 N/A 629  
  27  Mayfield/Graves County ATC  Mayfield  616 N/A 616  
  33  Marshall County Technical Center  Benton  989 N/A 989  
  40  Four Rivers Career Academy  Hickman  422 N/A 422  
  45  Murray/Calloway County ATC  Murray  389 N/A 389  
  55  Caldwell County ATC  Princeton  461 N/A 461  
      Total Enrollments 4,082     4,082   
  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, 2017-Present  
    Reported  
    Companies Jobs Investment  
 Manufacturing Location1500$150,000,000 
 Manufacturing Expansion214$3,933,450 
 Service & Technology Location00$0 
 Service & Technology Expansion00$0 
  Click here for detailed location and expansion information.
Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (June 02, 2019).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2017  
    Ballard County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries1,924100.095,513100.0 
 Total Private Industries1,16660.672,13075.5 
 Natural Resources and Mining170.91,4781.5 
 Construction31916.63,5203.7 
 Manufacturing19910.38,0438.4 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities20510.720,71521.7 
 Information70.41,0921.1 
 Financial Activities331.73,4923.7 
 Professional and Business Services20110.47,0387.4 
 Education and Health Services1357.015,26916.0 
 Leisure and Hospitality432.29,4289.9 
 Other Services and Unclassified90.52,0622.2 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Barlow 
 Harris Engineering IncBipods for guns & rifles661975 
 Hillbilly Stills Hillbilly StillsHome distilling equipment and supplies62011 
 Blandville 
 Ballard Conservation LLCQuarry and mining: stone, gravel, sand, ball clay; general agriculture and forestry.22010 
 Kevil 
 Aero Source Hindustrial hemp products - produces cannabidiol (CBD) isolate and water soluble nano emulsified CBD for the wholesale market142017 
 Daher-TLIUF6 cylinder service center; wash, re-certify, store non-fissile nuclear cylinders and maintain packaging used in transport of UF6.152013 
 Kevil Tool & Machine MFG IncMachine shop: general & CNC machining, drilling, boring, cutting, tool & die131969 
 Mid America Conversion Servi ces LLCDepleted UF6 conversion into safer oxide and commercial product components1782005 
 Transport Logistics InternationalUF6 cylinder service center; wash, recertify, and store non-fissile nuclear cylinders151995 
 La Center 
 Unlimited Graphics IncOffset printing, quick printing, digital printing, prepress and bindry services, screen printing, embroidery, promotional products, direct mail services.121986 
 Wickliffe 
 Hillhouse Naturals Farm LtdCandles & potpourri81986 
 Ingevity CorporationActivated carbon831997 
 James MarineService center, barge repair772008 
 Phoenix Paper Wickliffe LLCPulp and brown paper packaging2102018 
 Two Rivers Fisheries IncAsian carp processing and exporting152013 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (June 02, 2019).  

 


 

 

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  
  Ballard $0.3719 $0.3584 $0.4790    
  City  
  Barlow $0.3420 $0.3420 $0.3420    
  Kevil $0.3400 $0.3400 $0.3400    
  La Center $0.4890 $0.4890 $0.4890    
  Wickliffe $0.3740 $0.3740 $0.3740    
  School District  
  Ballard County Schools $0.5550 $0.5550 $0.4790    
  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  
  Ballard   1.00%   No tax  
  City  
  Barlow   No tax   No tax  
  Kevil   No tax   No tax  
  La Center   No tax   No tax  
  Wickliffe   No tax   No tax  
  School District  
  Ballard 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 Ballard County
  Electric  
 Big Rivers Electric Corporation - 270-827-2561 
    Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation - 270-442-7321 
 Kentucky Utilities (a PPL company) - 800-383-5582 
     
  Natural Gas  
 New Commonwealth Natural Gas - 270-335-3116 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Barlow Water and Sewer Department - 270-334-3500 
 Barlow STP125,00078,00047,000 
 Kevil Sewer System - 270-462-3104 
 Kevil STP51,00040,00011,000 
 La Center Sewer Department 
 La Center STP169,000121,00048,000 
 Wickliffe Sewer Department - 270-335-3557 
 Wickliffe STP280,000123,000157,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Barlow Water and Sewer Department - 270-334-3500380,00058,774321,226 
 Kevil Water Department - 270-462-3104360,00093,258266,742 
 LaCenter Municipal Water Company - 270-665-5162300,00096,774203,226 
 West McCracken County Water District - 270-442-3337N/AN/AN/A 
 Wickliffe Municipal Water System - 270-335-3557750,000408,300341,700 
  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 (2017): Ballard County - $56,100 for 38 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 57.8 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2017 60.3 degrees  
  Record Highest, June 2012 (34-year record) 108 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1985 (34-year record) -15 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 4,132  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,542  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 49.08 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 9.1 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2017 46.41 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 110.2  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (59-year record) 49.8  
  Prevailing Winds South  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  12 midnight 82 percent  
  6 a.m. 86 percent  
  12 noon 59 percent  
  6 p.m. 65 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, 2017.
Station of record: Barkley Regional Airport, Paducah, KY.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2016-2017  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Ballard County Schools 1,230 15.2  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.