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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

Kenneth Parsons
Director, Director
Lancaster-Garrard County Industrial Development Authority
15 Public Square, Suite 3
Lancaster, KY 40444
Phone: 859-792-3531
WEB: www.garrardcounty.ky.gov/Economic+Development.htm
E-mail: kparsons@windstream.net

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, 2017
Kentucky $0.0558
U.S. $0.0691

 

Statistical Summary
  Population 2017
Garrard County 17,523
Labor Market Area 656,881
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2016 $29,897
Median Household Income 2016 $46,373
Median Home Price 2016 $115,800
   
  Unemployment Rate 2017
Garrard County 4.8%
Labor Market Area 4.1%
U.S. 4.4%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2015
Garrard County $642
Labor Market Area $821
U.S. $1,018


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Lancaster


Population
48%

Personal Income
52%

Retail Sales
46%

Manufacturing Employment
54%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 354 11. Dallas, TX 857 21. Nashville, TN 199  
  2. Baltimore, MD 569 12. Detroit, MI 381 22. New Orleans, LA 728  
  3. Birmingham, AL 389 13. Houston, TX 978 23. New York, NY 742  
  4. Boston, MA 952 14. Indianapolis, IN 207 24. Norfolk, VA 607  
  5. Buffalo, NY 552 15. Jacksonville, FL 692 25. Oklahoma City, OK 851  
  6. Charlotte, NC 372 16. Kansas City, MO 599 26. Omaha, NE 789  
  7. Chicago, IL 387 17. Lexington, KY 34 27. Philadelphia, PA 666  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 119 18. Louisville, KY 95 28. Pittsburgh, PA 406  
  9. Cleveland, OH 365 19. Memphis, TN 402 29. St. Louis, MO 356  
  10. Columbus, OH 225 20. Minneapolis, MN 795 30. Wichita, KS 795  
  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 079-006 Lancaster --Site 079-006 90 90 No 19 35  
  Shovel-ready 079-001 Lancaster -- Site 079-001 12.9 12.9 No 19.3 35  

 


 

 

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  
N/A
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  
  Labor Market Area 633,701 638,067 644,389 650,133 656,881  
  Garrard County 16,927 16,906 17,175 17,292 17,523  
 Lancaster3,8043,7943,8473,866 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2017  
    Garrard County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 3,459 19.7 125,831 19.2  
  16-24 1,619 9.2 97,778 14.9  
  25-44 4,022 23.0 172,415 26.2  
  45-64 5,346 30.5 164,099 25.0  
  65-84 2,746 15.7 85,516 13.0  
  85 and older 331 1.9 11,242 1.7  
  Median Age 43.4   37.1    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017  
    Garrard County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 16,862 96.2 563,266 85.7  
  Black or African American 354 2.0 60,587 9.2  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 45 0.3 2,147 0.3  
  Asian 55 0.3 16,265 2.5  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 9 0.1 401 0.1  
  Other/Multirace 198 1.1 14,215 2.2  
  Hispanic Origin 403 2.3 31,910 4.9  
  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  
  Garrard County 17,476 17,571 17,543 17,419  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2011 2016 Pct. Change  
  Garrard County $26,144 $29,897 14.4 %  
  Kentucky $33,989 $38,926 14.5 %  
  U.S. $41,560 $49,246 18.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $23,865- $39,950 $27,783- $45,025    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Garrard County 6,732 2.51 $46,373  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Garrard County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Jun. 2018 2017 Jun. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 7,744 8,033 324,932 331,916  
  Employed 7,373 7,647 311,455 317,085  
  Unemployed 371 386 13,477 14,831  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.8 4.8 4.1 4.5  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Garrard County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 8.7 7.3 8.3 7.4  
  2014 6.6 5.6 6.5 6.2  
  2015 5.2 4.5 5.4 5.3  
  2016 4.7 4.0 5.0 4.9  
  2017 4.8 4.1 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Garrard County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 968 15.0  
  Commuting Out of County 5,498 85.0  
  Total Residents 6,466 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 968 45.2  
  Commuting Into County 1,174 54.8  
  Total Employees 2,142 100.0  
  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  
    Garrard County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$642$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6528311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining4561,0751,124 
 Construction8339931,096 
 Manufacturing6541,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities588758852 
 Information9229441,829 
 Financial Activities7661,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services8298781,332 
 Education and Health ServicesN/A878911 
 Leisure and HospitalityN/A312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified531591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of the Labor Statistics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Lancaster  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2016)
 
  11  Centre College  Danville  1,430  
  11  Eastern Kentucky University, Danville Campus  Danville  N/A  
  16  Berea College  Berea  1,665  
  18  Asbury Theological Seminary  Wilmore  1,574  
  18  Asbury University  Wilmore  † 1,854  
  18  Eastern Kentucky University  Richmond  16,881  
  30  Indiana Wesleyan University - Lexington Education Center  Lexington  N/A  
  30  Lexington Theological Seminary  Lexington  77  
  30  Sullivan University, Lexington Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  30  Transylvania University  Lexington  963  
  30  University of Kentucky  Lexington  29,781  
  37  Midway University  Midway  1,194  
  40  Georgetown College  Georgetown  1,526  
  42  Kentucky State University  Frankfort  1,736  
  46  Campbellsville University  Campbellsville  3,675  
  46  Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling  Mt. Sterling  N/A  
  54  Eastern Kentucky University, Corbin Campus  Corbin  N/A  
  54  Lindsey Wilson College  Columbia  2,588  
  55  Eastern Kentucky University, Manchester Campus  Manchester  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 64,944  
  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 Lancaster  
  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 2016)
 
  11  American National University - Danville KY Campus  Danville  105  
  11  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Danville Campus  Danville  N/A  
  18  American National University - Richmond KY Campus  Richmond  140  
  28  Somerset Community College, Casey Center  Liberty  N/A  
  30  American National University- Lexington KY Campus  Lexington  681  
  30  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Cooper Campus  Lexington  9,940  
  30  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Leestown Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  30  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Newtown Pike Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  30  Spencerian College, Lexington Campus  Lexington  74  
  33  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Lawrenceburg Campus  Lawrenceburg  N/A  
  34  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Winchester - Clark Co. Campus  Winchester  N/A  
  36  Elizabethtown Community & Tech. College, Springfield Campus  Springfield  N/A  
  37  Somerset Community College, Somerset North Campus  Somerset  † 6,621  
  40  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Advanced Manufacturing Center  Georgetown  N/A  
  44  Somerset Community College, Laurel North Campus  London  N/A  
  48  Somerset Community College, Russell Center  Russell Springs  N/A  
  55  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Shelby Co. Campus  Shelbyville  N/A  
  55  Maysville Community & Tech College, Licking Valley Campus  Cynthiana  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 17,561  
  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 Lancaster  
    Enrollment (2016-2017)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Garrard County ATC  Lancaster  368 N/A 368  
  Lincoln County ATC  Stanford  407 N/A 407  
  18  Hughes Jones Harrodsburg ATC  Harrodsburg  255 N/A 255  
  18  Jessamine Career and Technology Center  Nicholasville  3338 N/A 3338  
  18  Madison County ATC  Richmond  808 N/A 808  
  22  Rockcastle County ATC  Mount Vernon  436 N/A 436  
  28  Casey County ATC  Liberty  514 N/A 514  
  30  Eastside Technical Center  Lexington  820 N/A 820  
  30  Southside Technical Center  Lexington  438 N/A 438  
  34  Clark County ATC  Winchester  689 N/A 689  
  35  Jackson County ATC  McKee  477 N/A 477  
  37  Marion County ATC  Lebanon  916 N/A 916  
  37  Pulaski ATC  Somerset  428 N/A 428  
  40  Elkhorn Crossing School  Georgetown  885 N/A 885  
  42  Franklin County Career and Technical Center  Frankfort  892 N/A 892  
  46  Montgomery County ATC  Mt. Sterling  657 N/A 657  
  48  Lee County ATC  Beattyville  469 N/A 469  
  48  Lake Cumberland ATC  Russell Springs  753 N/A 753  
  50  Nelson County ATC  Bardstown  472 N/A 472  
  54  Corbin ATC  Corbin  483 N/A 483  
  55  Harrison County ATC  Cynthiana  1098 N/A 1098  
  55  Clay County ATC  Manchester  345 N/A 345  
  55  Shelby County ATC  Shelbyville  565 N/A 565  
  56  Green County ATC  Greensburg  800 N/A 800  
  56  Wayne County ATC  Monticello  812 N/A 812  
      Total Enrollments 18,125     18,125   
  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, 2015-Present  
    Reported  
    Companies Jobs Investment  
 Manufacturing Location00$0 
 Manufacturing Expansion14$150,000 
 Service & Technology Location00$0 
 Service & Technology Expansion13$175,000 
  Click here for detailed location and expansion information.
Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (July 15, 2018).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2015  
    Garrard County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries2,264100.0298,830100.0 
 Total Private Industries1,59570.5241,78780.9 
 Natural Resources and Mining160.72,0510.7 
 Construction27412.113,0754.4 
 Manufacturing2089.229,97610.0 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities24210.754,89418.4 
 Information231.05,8031.9 
 Financial Activities673.010,5303.5 
 Professional and Business Services29413.037,71412.6 
 Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A41,30513.8 
 Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A34,96111.7 
 Other Services and Unclassified441.97,2432.4 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Lancaster 
 Allison Abrasives IncorporatedManufacturer, abrasive regulating and abrasive cut-off wheels901986 
 Central Machinery Movers and Fabricators IncSteel fabricating121994 
 DocuBitShredding services62006 
 Feldman Lumber Co IncLumber processing & millwork, pallets241939 
 Marksbury Farm Foods LLCProcessing facility for chickens, beef, pork, lamb and turkey.252008 
 Mom Blakeman's Pull Candy LLCMake creamed pull candy and potato candy.01961 
 Rocky Top Furniture LLCHand crafted cedar log furniture and railing351997 
 Southern Solutions LLCPremium residential and commercial millwork and casework82015 
 Sustainment Solutions IncProvide service maintenance, installation & training of security equipment for US airforce, army & Dept. of Homeland Security and foreign entities.22009 
 Taylor Machinery CorporationManufacturer of aluminum crushers for recycling companies and scrap yards32007 
 Paint Lick 
 Copperhead Environmental Consulting IncEnvironmental consulting252004 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (July 15, 2018).  

 


 

 

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  
  Garrard $0.2363 $0.4328 $0.1899    
  City  
  Lancaster $0.1560 $0.2600 $0.2420    
  School District  
  Garrard County Schools $0.6750 $0.6750 $0.5510    
  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  
  Garrard   1.00%   2.00% (on net profits)  
  City  
  Lancaster   No tax   No tax  
  School District  
  Garrard 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 Garrard County
  Electric  
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Blue Grass Energy Cooperative Corp - 859-885-4191 
    Inter-County Energy Cooperative - 859-236-4561 
    Jackson Energy Cooperative - 606-287-7161 
 Kentucky Utilities (a PPL company) - 800-383-5582 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Atmos Energy Corporation - 270-685-8069 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Lancaster Water and Sewer Utility - 859-792-2170 
 Lancaster STP1,000,000491,000509,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Garrard County Water Association Inc - 859-792-4501N/AN/AN/A 
 Lancaster Water and Sewer Utility - 859-792-21702,100,0001,353,032746,968 
  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 (2016): Garrard County - $115,800 for 84 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, 2016-2017  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Garrard County Schools 2,560 15.4  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.