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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

Martin Shearer
Somerset/Pulaski County Development Foundation
445 S Highway 27, Suite 300
PO Box 450
Somerset, KY 42502
Phone: 606-678-5000
FAX: 606-678-0624
WEB: www.spcdf.com
E-mail: martin@spcdf.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
Pulaski County 63,956
Labor Market Area 256,209
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2015 $35,823
Median Household Income 2015 $34,790
Median Home Price 2015 $115,000
   
  Unemployment Rate 2016
Pulaski County 5.3%
Labor Market Area 6.1%
U.S. 4.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2015
Pulaski County $659
Labor Market Area $636
U.S. $1,018


 

 

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  
  Shovel-ready 199-002 Valley Oak Technology Complex 111.58 111.58 Possible 18 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  
  199-021 108 School Road 9,200 N/A 10.0' minimum No  
  199-022 27 Brian's 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  
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  
  Labor Market Area 256,051 256,210 256,352 256,246 256,209  
  Pulaski County 63,508 63,734 63,837 63,827 63,956  
 Somerset11,31411,38011,42311,44611,487 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2016  
    Pulaski County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 12,614 19.7 50,400 19.7  
  16-24 6,326 9.9 27,333 10.7  
  25-44 15,293 23.9 62,230 24.3  
  45-64 17,910 28.0 71,281 27.8  
  65-84 10,665 16.7 40,664 15.9  
  85 and older 1,148 1.8 4,301 1.7  
  Median Age 42.2   41.1    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016  
    Pulaski County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 61,771 96.6 246,695 96.3  
  Black or African American 788 1.2 4,099 1.6  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 211 0.3 964 0.4  
  Asian 453 0.7 1,212 0.5  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 25 0.0 96 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 708 1.1 3,143 1.2  
  Hispanic Origin 1,549 2.4 5,462 2.1  
  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  
    2010 2015 Pct. Change  
  Pulaski County $30,248 $35,823 18.4 %  
  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  
  Pulaski County 25,593 2.45 $34,790  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Pulaski County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 25,367 26,349 96,679 98,390  
  Employed 24,019 24,817 90,781 92,204  
  Unemployed 1,348 1,532 5,898 6,186  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 5.3 5.8 6.1 6.3  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Pulaski County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 9.4 9.6 8.2 8.1  
  2013 9.5 9.7 8.3 7.4  
  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  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Pulaski County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 13,280 64.0  
  Commuting Out of County 7,471 36.0  
  Total Residents 20,751 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 13,280 54.9  
  Commuting Into County 10,904 45.1  
  Total Employees 24,184 100.0  
  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  
    Pulaski County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$659$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6648311,017 
 Natural Resources and MiningN/A1,0751,124 
 Construction8359931,096 
 Manufacturing8251,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities618758852 
 Information6849441,829 
 Financial Activities8281,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services5288781,332 
 Education and Health Services817878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality277312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified487591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of the Labor Statistics.  

 


 

 

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 2015)
 
  30  Eastern Kentucky University, Corbin Campus  Corbin  N/A  
  34  University of the Cumberlands  Williamsburg  6,276  
  38  Berea College  Berea  1,643  
  39  Lindsey Wilson College  Columbia  2,651  
  40  Centre College  Danville  1,367  
  40  Eastern Kentucky University, Danville Campus  Danville  N/A  
  43  Union College  Barbourville  1,088  
  45  Campbellsville University  Campbellsville  3,128  
  47  Eastern Kentucky University, Manchester Campus  Manchester  N/A  
  49  Eastern Kentucky University  Richmond  16,844  
  54  Asbury Theological Seminary  Wilmore  1,540  
  54  Asbury University  Wilmore  † 1,915  
  55  Clear Creek Baptist Bible College  Pineville  151  
      Total Enrollments 36,603  
  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 2015)
 
  Somerset Community College, Somerset North Campus  Somerset  † 6,386  
  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 North Campus  London  N/A  
  40  American National University - Danville KY Campus  Danville  N/A  
  40  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Danville Campus  Danville  N/A  
  40  Somerset Community College, Clinton Center  Albany  N/A  
  49  American National University - Richmond KY Campus  Richmond  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 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 Somerset  
    Enrollment (2015-2016)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Pulaski ATC  Somerset  513 N/A 513  
  21  Wayne County ATC  Monticello  633 N/A 633  
  24  Casey County ATC  Liberty  501 N/A 501  
  24  Rockcastle County ATC  Mount Vernon  427 N/A 427  
  26  Lake Cumberland ATC  Russell Springs  641 N/A 641  
  30  Corbin ATC  Corbin  452 N/A 452  
  31  Lincoln County ATC  Stanford  278 N/A 278  
  37  Garrard County ATC  Lancaster  377 N/A 377  
  40  Clinton County ATC  Albany  577 N/A 577  
  42  Jackson County ATC  McKee  463 N/A 463  
  43  Knox County ATC  Barbourville  486 N/A 486  
  47  Clay County ATC  Manchester  337 N/A 337  
  49  Hughes Jones Harrodsburg ATC  Harrodsburg  266 N/A 266  
  49  Marion County ATC  Lebanon  604 N/A 604  
  49  Madison County ATC  Richmond  801 N/A 801  
  50  Green County ATC  Greensburg  750 N/A 750  
  55  Jessamine Career and Technology Center  Nicholasville  3206 N/A 3206  
  55  Bell County ATC  Pineville  644 N/A 644  
  60  Lee County ATC  Beattyville  357 N/A 357  
      Total Enrollments 12,313     12,313   
  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 297 $6,415,000 
 Manufacturing Expansion 12407 $113,451,789 
 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 22, 2017).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2015  
    Pulaski County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries25,502100.080,272100.0 
 Total Private Industries21,57684.666,89983.3 
 Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A3610.4 
 Construction8683.42,1472.7 
 Manufacturing3,58514.113,00416.2 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities5,41421.215,15418.9 
 Information2811.11,2531.6 
 Financial Activities7933.12,3312.9 
 Professional and Business Services2,3139.17,4989.3 
 Education and Health Services5,12920.110,36012.9 
 Leisure and Hospitality2,54510.06,7808.4 
 Other Services and Unclassified5792.31,3411.7 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
     
  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 flooring4341989 
 BlackboardSoftware technical support center; customer service representatives; financial aid, enrollment services.3022007 
 CoretransTrucking, long distance carriers1782002 
 Eagle Hardwoods IncHardwood flooring, wood pellet fuel3501994 
 EOS CCAFirst party call center1012015 
 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 processing1152015 
 Modern DistributorsHeadquarters & distribution serves the wholesale grocery, coffee/beverage needs and foodservice sales to convenience stores.1851961 
 New Life Industries IncSilk screen printing, embroidery, and transfers on sportswear. Applique and laser etching as well as pad printing891979 
 Performance Food Service-SomersetFood distributor; frozen, dry, refrigerated.1501988 
 Prairie Farms DairyLiquid milk, juice drinks, and 100% orange juice from concentrate1861951 
 SAICInformation management and design center722005 
 Somerset Recycling Service IncCardboard and plastic recycling; waste reduction programs, recycling equipment, colorant841984 
 Super Service LLCTruckload interstate carrier801987 
 Toyotetsu America IncStructural automotive components & stampings8001995 
 Tru-Check Meter Service IncAutomated meter reading, installation & service. Headquarters location1901986 
 UGN IncManufacture automotive sound proofing3322005 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (November 22, 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  
  Pulaski $0.1620 $0.1722 $0.1442    
  City  
  Burnside $0.1850 $0.1850 $0.1780    
  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 $0.6550 $0.6550 $0.6330    
  Somerset Independent Schools $0.7340 $0.7340 $0.5680    
  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  
  Pulaski   1.00%   1.00% (on net profits)  
  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 (2015): Pulaski County - $115,000 for 350 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  
  Pulaski County Schools 8,071 16.7  
  Science Hill Independent Schools 442 19.2  
  Somerset Independent Schools 1,566 14.4  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.