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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

This document contains material that is continuously updated on the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development's website.
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Contacts

Local

Chris Girdler
President
Somerset Pulaski County Economic Development Authority
PO Box 409
Somerset, KY 42502
Phone: 606-425-5409
E-mail: Chris@speda.org

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
Pulaski County 64,449
Labor Market Area 256,968
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2016 $35,884
Median Household Income 2016 $34,673
Median Home Price 2017 $118,000
   
  Unemployment Rate 2018
Pulaski County 5.1%
Labor Market Area 5.3%
U.S. 3.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2017
Pulaski County $654
Labor Market Area $629
U.S. $1,042


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Somerset


Population
47%

Personal Income
52%

Retail Sales
45%

Manufacturing Employment
53%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 291 11. Dallas, TX 830 21. Nashville, TN 172  
  2. Baltimore, MD 592 12. Detroit, MI 424 22. New Orleans, LA 701  
  3. Birmingham, AL 327 13. Houston, TX 951 23. New York, NY 765  
  4. Boston, MA 974 14. Indianapolis, IN 240 24. Norfolk, VA 598  
  5. Buffalo, NY 595 15. Jacksonville, FL 640 25. Oklahoma City, OK 845  
  6. Charlotte, NC 356 16. Kansas City, MO 631 26. Omaha, NE 822  
  7. Chicago, IL 421 17. Lexington, KY 74 27. Philadelphia, PA 688  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 162 18. Louisville, KY 128 28. Pittsburgh, PA 449  
  9. Cleveland, OH 408 19. Memphis, TN 375 29. St. Louis, MO 389  
  10. Columbus, OH 268 20. Minneapolis, MN 828 30. Wichita, KS 828  
  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  
    199-017 Somerset -- Thurman Road Site 57.35 57.35 No 3 87  
  Shovel-ready 199-002 Valley Oak Technology Complex 99.5 51.3 No 24.5 74  
  Shovel-ready 199-001 Valley Oak Commerce Complex 58.2 39 Possible 18 74  
  Shovel-ready 199-004 Ferguson Southern Industrial Park 37 37 Possible 4.4 74  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details
  Bldg. ID Building Name Square Feet Ac. Min. Ceiling Ht. Rail  
  199-023 360 Coin Road 41,250 N/A 20.0' minimum No  
  199-022 27 Brians Way 6,000 N/A N/A No  
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 256,210 256,352 256,246 256,209 256,968  
  Pulaski County 63,734 63,837 63,827 63,956 64,449  
 Somerset11,38011,42311,44611,48711,423 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2017  
    Pulaski County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 12,747 19.8 50,485 19.6  
  16-24 6,393 9.9 27,209 10.6  
  25-44 15,405 23.9 62,148 24.2  
  45-64 17,923 27.8 71,052 27.7  
  65-84 10,822 16.8 41,597 16.2  
  85 and older 1,159 1.8 4,477 1.7  
  Median Age 42.1   41.3    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017  
    Pulaski County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 62,126 96.4 247,101 96.2  
  Black or African American 805 1.2 4,218 1.6  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 225 0.3 999 0.4  
  Asian 502 0.8 1,285 0.5  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 26 0.0 92 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 765 1.2 3,273 1.3  
  Hispanic Origin 1,641 2.5 5,837 2.3  
  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  
  Pulaski County 65,677 67,345 68,854 70,180  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2011 2016 Pct. Change  
  Pulaski County $29,043 $35,884 23.6 %  
  Kentucky $33,989 $38,926 14.5 %  
  U.S. $41,560 $49,246 18.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $20,842- $29,043 $23,320- $35,884    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Pulaski County 25,567 2.45 $34,673  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Pulaski County Labor Market Area  
  2018 Apr. 2019 2018 Apr. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 25,726 25,568 99,234 98,560  
  Employed 24,421 24,465 93,987 94,113  
  Unemployed 1,305 1,103 5,247 4,447  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 5.1 4.3 5.3 4.5  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Pulaski County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 7.4 8.1 6.5 6.2  
  2015 6.0 6.9 5.4 5.3  
  2016 5.3 6.1 5.0 4.9  
  2017 5.6 6.0 4.9 4.4  
  2018 5.1 5.3 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Pulaski County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 13,659 64.4  
  Commuting Out of County 7,565 35.6  
  Total Residents 21,224 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 13,659 56.7  
  Commuting Into County 10,433 43.3  
  Total Employees 24,092 100.0  
  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  
    Pulaski County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$654$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6718651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining8401,0491,086 
 Construction8461,0111,155 
 Manufacturing7641,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities635789881 
 Information7031,0442,011 
 Financial Activities8361,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services5809311,377 
 Education and Health Services843906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality281327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified533626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Somerset  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2018)
 
  30  Eastern Kentucky University, Corbin Campus  Corbin  N/A  
  34  University of the Cumberlands  Williamsburg  10,097  
  38  Berea College  Berea  1,670  
  39  Lindsey Wilson College  Columbia  2,565  
  40  Centre College  Danville  1,450  
  43  Union College  Barbourville  1,309  
  45  Campbellsville University  Campbellsville  7,207  
  47  Eastern Kentucky University, Manchester Campus  Manchester  N/A  
  49  Eastern Kentucky University  Richmond  16,612  
  54  Asbury Theological Seminary  Wilmore  1,660  
  54  Asbury University  Wilmore  † 1,990  
  55  Clear Creek Baptist Bible College  Pineville  138  
      Total Enrollments 44,698  
  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 Somerset  
  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)
 
  Somerset Community College, Somerset Campus  Somerset  † 5,886  
  24  Somerset Community College, Casey Center  Liberty  N/A  
  26  Somerset Community College, McCreary Center  Whitley City  N/A  
  26  Somerset Community College, Russell Center  Russell Springs  N/A  
  29  Somerset Community College, Laurel Campus  London  N/A  
  40  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Danville Campus  Danville  N/A  
  40  Somerset Community College, Clinton Center  Albany  N/A  
  54  Elizabethtown Community & Tech. College, Springfield Campus  Springfield  N/A  
  55  Southeast Community & Technical College, Pineville Campus  Pineville  N/A  
  59  Southeast Community & Technical College, Middlesboro Campus  Middlesboro  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 5,886  
  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 Somerset  
    Enrollment (2017-2018)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Pulaski ATC  Somerset  462 N/A 462  
  21  Wayne County ATC  Monticello  621 N/A 621  
  24  Casey County ATC  Liberty  526 N/A 526  
  24  Rockcastle County ATC  Mount Vernon  442 N/A 442  
  26  Lake Cumberland ATC  Russell Springs  930 N/A 930  
  30  Corbin ATC  Corbin  526 N/A 526  
  31  Lincoln County ATC  Stanford  332 N/A 332  
  37  Garrard County ATC  Lancaster  346 N/A 346  
  40  Clinton County ATC  Albany  612 N/A 612  
  42  Jackson County ATC  McKee  455 N/A 455  
  43  Knox County ATC  Barbourville  447 N/A 447  
  47  Clay County ATC  Manchester  348 N/A 348  
  49  Trailblazer Academy  Harrodsburg  292 N/A 292  
  49  Marion County ATC  Lebanon  1364 N/A 1364  
  49  Madison County ATC  Richmond  825 N/A 825  
  50  Green County ATC  Greensburg  629 N/A 629  
  55  Jessamine Career and Technology Center  Nicholasville  3802 N/A 3802  
  55  Bell County ATC  Pineville  678 N/A 678  
  60  Lee County ATC  Beattyville  395 N/A 395  
      Total Enrollments 14,032     14,032   
  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 Location3467$97,800,000 
 Manufacturing Expansion9297$93,529,621 
 Service & Technology Location00$0 
 Service & Technology Expansion416$2,275,000 
  Click here for detailed location and expansion information.
Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (August 02, 2019).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2017  
    Pulaski County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries27,371100.092,889100.0 
 Total Private Industries21,07477.068,76274.0 
 Natural Resources and Mining690.36130.7 
 Construction1,0984.02,6512.9 
 Manufacturing3,04911.112,57513.5 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities5,47420.017,87219.2 
 Information2280.81,5351.7 
 Financial Activities8283.02,7262.9 
 Professional and Business Services2,0987.78,4479.1 
 Education and Health Services5,05918.513,34414.4 
 Leisure and Hospitality2,6259.67,6698.3 
 Other Services and Unclassified5442.01,3241.4 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Burnside 
 Kingsford Manufacturing CoCharcoal briquettes and lighter fluid bottling1201963 
 Somerset Wood Products IncKiln dried lumber & hardwood oak flooring1301985 
 Somerset 
 Armstrong Wood ProductsHardwood flooring3941989 
 BlackboardSoftware technical support center; customer service representatives; financial aid, enrollment services.3022007 
 CCI Industrial ServicesMetal fabrication902004 
 CoretransTrucking, long distance carriers1782002 
 Eagle Hardwoods IncHardwood flooring, wood pellet fuel3501994 
 EOS CCAFirst party call center1352015 
 Gatormade IncUtility trailers, gooseneck trailers, enclosed trailers, dump trailers, car trailers. Corporate HQ.1201990 
 Hendrickson USA LLCTrailer suspension systems for heavy-duty transportation industry3302007 
 Menzner Lumber & Supply CoRough mill, moulding, priming paint line and sawdust processing1752015 
 Modern DistributorsHeadquarters & distribution serves the wholesale grocery, coffee/beverage needs and foodservice sales to convenience stores.2001961 
 New Life Industries IncSilk screen printing, embroidery, and transfers on sportswear. Applique and laser etching as well as pad printing951979 
 Performance Food Service-SomersetFood distributor; frozen, dry, refrigerated.1501988 
 Prairie Farms DairyLiquid milk, juice drinks, and 100% orange juice from concentrate1861951 
 Somerset Recycling Service IncCardboard and plastic recycling; waste reduction programs, recycling equipment, colorant811984 
 Super Service LLCTruckload interstate carrier7001987 
 Toyotetsu America IncStructural automotive components & stampings9381995 
 Tru-Check Meter Service IncAutomated meter reading, installation & service. Headquarters location1901986 
 UGN IncManufacture automotive sound proofing3322005 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (August 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  
  Pulaski $0.1620 $0.1726 $0.1442    
  City  
  Burnside $0.1920 $0.1920 $0.1850    
  Ferguson $0.1580 $0.1580 $0.1580    
  Science Hill $0.2250 $0.3000 $0.3000    
  Somerset $0.1300 $0.1300 $0.1300    
  School District  
  Pulaski County Schools $0.5410 $0.5410 $0.5030    
  Science Hill Independent Schools $0.6810 $0.6810 $0.6550    
  Somerset Independent Schools $0.7570 $0.7570 $0.5680    
  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  
  Pulaski   1.00%   No tax  
  City  
  Burnside   No tax   No tax  
  Ferguson   No tax   No tax  
  Science Hill   No tax   No tax  
  Somerset   No tax   0.600% (on net profits)  
  School District  
  Pulaski County Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Science Hill Independent Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Somerset Independent 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 Pulaski County
  Electric  
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Jackson Energy Cooperative - 606-287-7161 
    South Kentucky RECC - 606-678-4121 
 Kentucky Utilities (a PPL company) - 800-383-5582 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Somerset Gas - 606-678-4466 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Somerset Wastewater Department - 606-678-4466 
 Somerset STP4,400,0002,261,0002,139,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Somerset Water Service - 606-561-462616,000,0008,159,9357,840,065 
  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): Pulaski County - $118,000 for 329 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, 2017 61.1 degrees  
  Record Highest, July 2012 (76-year record) 105 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1985 (76-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, 2017 51.88 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 125.2  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (70-year record) 48.6  
  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, 2017.
Station of record: McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, TN.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2016-2017  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Pulaski County Schools 8,147 17.1  
  Science Hill Independent Schools 409 17.0  
  Somerset Independent Schools 1,600 14.8  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.