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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

Douglas E. Stephens
County Judge/Executive
McCreary County Office of Economic & Community Development
1 North Main Street
PO Box 579
Whitley City, KY 42653
Phone: 606-376-9711
FAX: 606-376-9499
WEB: mccrearycounty.com/Development.html
E-mail: dstephens@mccrearycounty.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
McCreary County 17,511
Labor Market Area 220,213
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2015 $23,016
Median Household Income 2015 $19,328
Median Home Price 2015 $49,750
   
  Unemployment Rate 2016
McCreary County 7.7%
Labor Market Area 6.3%
U.S. 4.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2015
McCreary County $646
Labor Market Area $654
U.S. $1,018


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Stearns


Population
47%

Personal Income
51%

Retail Sales
45%

Manufacturing Employment
53%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 261 11. Dallas, TX 861 21. Nashville, TN 175  
  2. Baltimore, MD 605 12. Detroit, MI 457 22. New Orleans, LA 637  
  3. Birmingham, AL 296 13. Houston, TX 963 23. New York, NY 790  
  4. Boston, MA 999 14. Indianapolis, IN 273 24. Norfolk, VA 598  
  5. Buffalo, NY 628 15. Jacksonville, FL 609 25. Oklahoma City, OK 877  
  6. Charlotte, NC 307 16. Kansas City, MO 663 26. Omaha, NE 853  
  7. Chicago, IL 453 17. Lexington, KY 106 27. Philadelphia, PA 705  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 195 18. Louisville, KY 160 28. Pittsburgh, PA 482  
  9. Cleveland, OH 442 19. Memphis, TN 407 29. St. Louis, MO 421  
  10. Columbus, OH 302 20. Minneapolis, MN 861 30. Wichita, KS 860  
  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 121-003 Southeast Kentucky Regional Business Park 479.9 193.6 No 3.3 98  
  Shovel-ready 147-005 McCreary County Industrial Site 30.1 10 No 19 87  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details
  Bldg. ID Building Name Square Feet Ac. Min. Ceiling Ht. Rail  
  147-004 McCreary Co. Speculative Bldg. 28,810 14.5 20.0' 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 219,754 219,859 220,008 220,167 220,213  
  McCreary County 18,058 17,927 17,892 17,861 17,511  
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2016  
    McCreary County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 3,381 19.3 44,687 20.3  
  16-24 1,863 10.6 24,045 10.9  
  25-44 5,007 28.6 54,551 24.8  
  45-64 4,670 26.7 59,982 27.2  
  65-84 2,391 13.7 33,540 15.2  
  85 and older 199 1.1 3,408 1.5  
  Median Age 39.2   40.1    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016  
    McCreary County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 16,048 91.6 212,558 96.5  
  Black or African American 1,013 5.8 2,969 1.3  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 137 0.8 809 0.4  
  Asian 36 0.2 1,156 0.5  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 10 0.1 82 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 267 1.5 2,639 1.2  
  Hispanic Origin 447 2.6 4,116 1.9  
  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  
  McCreary County 17,840 17,630 17,320 16,929  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2010 2015 Pct. Change  
  McCreary County $19,365 $23,016 18.9 %  
  Kentucky $33,031 $38,588 16.8 %  
  U.S. $40,277 $48,112 19.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $19,365- $30,248 $23,016- $35,823    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2015 2015  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  McCreary County 6,277 2.56 $19,328  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    McCreary County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Jul. 2017 2016 Jul. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 4,748 4,827 82,482 85,710  
  Employed 4,382 4,438 77,323 79,688  
  Unemployed 366 389 5,159 6,022  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 7.7 8.1 6.3 7.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year McCreary County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 13.3 10.7 8.2 8.1  
  2013 13.5 10.5 8.3 7.4  
  2014 10.7 8.5 6.5 6.2  
  2015 8.3 6.9 5.4 5.3  
  2016 7.7 6.3 5.0 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of McCreary County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 1,384 29.9  
  Commuting Out of County 3,252 70.1  
  Total Residents 4,636 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 1,384 68.5  
  Commuting Into County 635 31.5  
  Total Employees 2,019 100.0  
  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  
    McCreary County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$646$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries4778311,017 
 Natural Resources and MiningN/A1,0751,124 
 ConstructionN/A9931,096 
 ManufacturingN/A1,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities440758852 
 InformationN/A9441,829 
 Financial Activities5521,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services4738781,332 
 Education and Health Services541878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality225312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified275591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of the Labor Statistics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Stearns  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2015)
 
  17  University of the Cumberlands  Williamsburg  6,276  
  26  Eastern Kentucky University, Corbin Campus  Corbin  N/A  
  35  Union College  Barbourville  1,088  
  43  Clear Creek Baptist Bible College  Pineville  151  
  47  Lincoln Memorial University  Harrogate, TN  3,983  
  50  Eastern Kentucky University, Manchester Campus  Manchester  N/A  
  54  Lindsey Wilson College  Columbia  2,651  
  58  Fountainhead College of Technology  Knoxville, TN  94  
  58  Johnson University  Knoxville, TN  1,171  
  58  Strayer Univeristy - Knoxville Campus  Knoxville, TN  N/A  
  58  University of Tennessee, at Knoxville  Knoxville, TN  27,845  
      Total Enrollments 43,259  
  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 Stearns  
  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)
 
  Somerset Community College, McCreary Center  Whitley City  N/A  
  28  Somerset Community College, Somerset North Campus  Somerset  † 6,386  
  37  Somerset Community College, Clinton Center  Albany  N/A  
  37  Somerset Community College, Laurel North Campus  London  N/A  
  41  Somerset Community College, Russell Center  Russell Springs  N/A  
  42  Southeast Community & Technical College, Middlesboro Campus  Middlesboro  N/A  
  43  Southeast Community & Technical College, Pineville Campus  Pineville  N/A  
  50  Somerset Community College, Casey Center  Liberty  N/A  
  58  National College - Knoxville TN Campus  Knoxville, TN  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 6,386  
  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 Stearns  
    Enrollment (2015-2016)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  23  Wayne County ATC  Monticello  633 N/A 633  
  26  Corbin ATC  Corbin  452 N/A 452  
  28  Pulaski ATC  Somerset  513 N/A 513  
  35  Knox County ATC  Barbourville  486 N/A 486  
  37  Clinton County ATC  Albany  577 N/A 577  
  41  Lake Cumberland ATC  Russell Springs  641 N/A 641  
  43  Bell County ATC  Pineville  644 N/A 644  
  47  Rockcastle County ATC  Mount Vernon  427 N/A 427  
  50  Casey County ATC  Liberty  501 N/A 501  
  50  Clay County ATC  Manchester  337 N/A 337  
  58  Jackson County ATC  McKee  463 N/A 463  
  59  Lincoln County ATC  Stanford  278 N/A 278  
      Total Enrollments 5,952     5,952   
  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 (September 20, 2017).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2015  
    McCreary County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries2,620100.075,950100.0 
 Total Private Industries1,43754.863,46683.6 
 Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A3760.5 
 ConstructionN/AN/A2,0172.7 
 ManufacturingN/AN/A11,77515.5 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities30511.614,15018.6 
 InformationN/AN/A1,3311.8 
 Financial Activities1294.92,0832.7 
 Professional and Business Services501.97,5289.9 
 Education and Health Services29711.38,33011.0 
 Leisure and Hospitality2198.46,7538.9 
 Other Services and Unclassified391.51,4241.9 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Pine Knot 
 McCreary County Hardwood IncCross ties & hardwood lumber391988 
 Pine Knot Lumber IncCrossties, shipping products, crating materials.471978 
 Stearns 
 Outdoor Venture CorporationMilitary tent systems and accessories1601972 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (September 20, 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  
  McCreary $0.2270 $0.3200 $0.3198    
  City  
  School District  
  McCreary County Schools $0.4160 $0.4160 $0.3000    
  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  
  McCreary   1.00%   1.00% (on net profits)  
  City  
  School District  
  McCreary 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 McCreary County
  Electric  
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Cumberland Valley Electric Inc - 606-528-2677 
    South Kentucky RECC - 606-678-4121 
 Kentucky Utilities (a PPL company) - 800-383-5582 
     
  Natural Gas  
 CitiPower LLC - 606-376-8373 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 McCreary County Water District - 606-376-2540 
 McCreary County STP900,000331,000569,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 McCreary County Water District - 606-376-25406,000,0002,020,7033,979,297 
  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): McCreary County - $49,750 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) 59.1 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2015 60.4 degrees  
  Record Highest, July 2012 (74-year record) 105 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1985 (74-year record) -24 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 3,637  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,526  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 47.86 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 6.5 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2015 51.66 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 125.2  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (68-year record) 48.7  
  Prevailing Winds Southwest  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  1 a.m. 82 percent  
  7 a.m. 87 percent  
  1 p.m. 59 percent  
  7 p.m. 64 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: McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, TN.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2015-2016  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  McCreary County Schools 2,716 15.0  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.