Letcher County, Kentucky Population 2020

Letcher County, Kentucky's estimated population is 21,041 with a growth rate of -2.00% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Letcher County, Kentucky is the 54th largest county in Kentucky.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202021,041-429-2.00%
201921,470-429-1.96%
201821,899-429-1.92%
201722,328-423-1.86%
201622,751-293-1.27%
201523,044-315-1.35%
201423,359-185-0.79%
201323,544-470-1.96%
201224,014-361-1.48%
201124,375-159-0.65%
201024,534-2,466-9.13%
199027,000-3,687-12.01%
198030,6877,52232.47%
197023,165-6,937-23.04%
196030,102-9,420-23.83%
195039,522-1,070-2.64%
194040,5924,89013.70%
193035,70211,23545.92%
192024,46713,844130.32%
191010,6231,45115.82%
19009,1722,25232.54%
18906,9203194.83%
18806,6011,99343.25%
18704,60870418.03%
18603,9041,39255.41%
18502,5120.00%
2020 Growth Rate
-2.00%
County Website
Founded
1842
County Seat
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Letcher County, Kentucky Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White22,20897.94%
Two or More Races2391.05%
Black or African American880.39%
Asian570.25%
American Indian and Alaska Native470.21%
Some Other Race370.16%
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Letcher County, Kentucky Population Pyramid 2020

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Letcher County, Kentucky Median Age

42.2


Total

41.3


Male

44.2


Female

Letcher County, Kentucky Adults

There are 17,762 adults, (4,067 of whom are seniors) in Letcher County, Kentucky.

Letcher County, Kentucky Age Dependency

65.6

Age Dependency Ratio

29.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Letcher County, Kentucky Sex Ratio

Female

11,589

51.11%

Male

11,087

48.89%

Letcher County, Kentucky Households and Families

Letcher County, Kentucky Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Letcher County, Kentucky Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male90.5%9.5%
Married85%15%
All75.5%24.5%
Non Family69.6%30.4%
Female55.8%44.2%

75.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,8922.2775.5
Married4,5972.8285
Non Family3,1991.169.6
Female1,6112.8455.8
Male4852.8590.5

2.75

Average Family Size

2.27

Average Household Size

4.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Letcher County, Kentucky Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,4388.89%
9th to 12th Grade2,56715.88%
High School Graduate6,05637.45%
Some College2,43615.06%
Associates Degree1,78011.01%
Bachelors Degree1,0556.52%
Graduate Degree8385.18%
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Letcher County, Kentucky Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White15,84511,9101,834
Hispanic1015717
Multiple Races808013
Black53397
Asian483618
Native American47478
Other Race37216

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 37.50%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,426$40,882$22,453
Less Than High School$22,852$24,004$16,641
High School Grad$31,443$45,833$17,309
Some College$28,024$40,449$22,409
Bachelors Degree$40,306$48,279$30,577
Graduate Degree$60,417$75,750$53,462

$30,426

Average Earnings

$40,882

Average Male

$22,453

Average Female

Letcher County, Kentucky Language

Letcher County, Kentucky Language by Age

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Letcher County, Kentucky Language

98.68% of Letcher County, Kentucky residents speak only English, while 1.32% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0.87% of the population.

Letcher County, Kentucky Poverty

Letcher County, Kentucky Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White21,8697,14032.65%
Multiple2285925.88%
Hispanic1755732.57%
Native473574.47%
Black79911.39%

32.44%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.95%

Male Poverty Rate

33.86%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Letcher County, Kentucky

The race most likely to be in poverty in Letcher County, Kentucky is Native, with 74.47% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Letcher County, Kentucky is Black, with 11.39% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.83%. Among those working part-time, it was 34.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.58%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School39.14%
High School27.42%
Some College23.87%
Bachelors or Greater13.78%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed75.63%
Male Unemployed63.93%
Female Employed15.90%
Male Employed8.31%

Letcher County, Kentucky Income

Letcher County, Kentucky Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$29,856$43,053
Families$36,871$49,521
Married Families$47,474$59,972
Non Families$17,521$27,457
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Letcher County, Kentucky Marital Status

Letcher County, Kentucky Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

50.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.9%

Male Marriage Rate

49.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Letcher County, Kentucky Married by Age and Sex

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Letcher County, Kentucky Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Letcher County, Kentucky Marital Status by Race

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Letcher County, Kentucky Veterans

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778

Number of Veterans

773

Male Veterans

5

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam361
Korea96
First Gulf War70
Second Gulf War43
World War II12
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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74260
75+209
35 to 54156
55 to 64140
18 to 3413
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Name Veterans % of Total
White7654.39%
Hispanic1312.87%
2 or More139.56%

Letcher County, Kentucky Veterans by Education

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21.82%

Veteran Poverty Rate

56.88%

Veteran Disability Rate

Letcher County, Kentucky Employment Status

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43.7%

Labor Force Participation

38.1%

Employment Rate

12.8%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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84.01%

Born in Kentucky

99.55%

Native Born

0.45%

Foreign Born

0.24%

Non Citizen

0.20%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.55% of Letcher County, Kentucky residents were born in the United States, with 84.01% having been born in Kentucky. 0.24% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990