Mercer County, Kentucky Population 2020

Mercer County, Kentucky's estimated population is 22,146 with a growth rate of 0.85% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Mercer County, Kentucky is the 51st largest county in Kentucky.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202022,1461860.85%
201921,9601860.85%
201821,7741860.86%
201721,5881480.69%
201621,440380.18%
201521,402280.13%
201421,374700.33%
201321,304-31-0.15%
201221,335540.25%
201121,281-32-0.15%
201021,3132,16511.31%
199019,1481370.72%
198019,0113,05119.12%
197015,9601,3649.35%
196014,596-47-0.32%
195014,643140.10%
194014,6291581.09%
193014,471-324-2.19%
192014,7957325.21%
191014,063-363-2.52%
190014,426-608-4.04%
189015,0348926.31%
188014,1429987.59%
187013,144-557-4.07%
186013,701-366-2.60%
185014,067-4,653-24.86%
184018,7201,0265.80%
183017,6942,10713.52%
182015,5872,95723.41%
181012,6302,98430.94%
18009,6462,55536.03%
17907,0910.00%
2020 Growth Rate
0.85%
County Website
Founded
1785
County Seat
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Mercer County, Kentucky Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White20,00292.96%
Black or African American8483.94%
Two or More Races3001.39%
Asian1740.81%
Some Other Race1370.64%
American Indian and Alaska Native450.21%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander100.05%
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Mercer County, Kentucky Population Pyramid 2020

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Mercer County, Kentucky Median Age

42.2


Total

39.8


Male

44.8


Female

Mercer County, Kentucky Adults

There are 16,739 adults, (3,845 of whom are seniors) in Mercer County, Kentucky.

Mercer County, Kentucky Age Dependency

66.9

Age Dependency Ratio

29.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37

Child Dependency Ratio

Mercer County, Kentucky Sex Ratio

Female

10,919

50.75%

Male

10,597

49.25%

Mercer County, Kentucky Households and Families

Mercer County, Kentucky Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Mercer County, Kentucky Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81%19%
All71.3%28.7%
Male65.6%34.4%
Female65.4%34.6%
Non Family57.7%42.3%

71.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,5712.4971.3
Married4,5643.0281
Non Family2,7361.2357.7
Female8353.3965.4
Male4363.1465.6

3.01

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

5.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Mercer County, Kentucky Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0527.01%
9th to 12th Grade1,1717.80%
High School Graduate5,77338.45%
Some College2,67417.81%
Associates Degree1,71211.40%
Bachelors Degree1,53810.24%
Graduate Degree1,0957.29%
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Mercer County, Kentucky Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White13,93912,0212,519
Black61753919
Hispanic3028947
Asian10010048
Other Race5121
Multiple Races4537
Native American366
Islander1010

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 48.00%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,651$42,458$29,812
Less Than High School$15,168$15,632$
High School Grad$32,098$38,977$22,370
Some College$40,342$49,760$27,982
Bachelors Degree$49,188$61,146$38,405
Graduate Degree$55,281$55,742$55,152

$36,651

Average Earnings

$42,458

Average Male

$29,812

Average Female

Mercer County, Kentucky Language

Mercer County, Kentucky Language by Age

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Mercer County, Kentucky Language

95.74% of Mercer County, Kentucky residents speak only English, while 4.26% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.61% of the population.

Mercer County, Kentucky Poverty

Mercer County, Kentucky Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White19,3213,06515.86%
Hispanic63426742.11%
Multiple3005418.00%
Native452453.33%
Black837192.27%

16.00%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.21%

Male Poverty Rate

18.71%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Mercer County, Kentucky

The race most likely to be in poverty in Mercer County, Kentucky is Native, with 53.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Mercer County, Kentucky is Black, with 2.27% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.65%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.99%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.88%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School35.18%
High School16.06%
Some College10.02%
Bachelors or Greater2.13%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed52.08%
Male Unemployed27.00%
Male Employed7.51%
Female Employed6.65%

Mercer County, Kentucky Income

Mercer County, Kentucky Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$50,475$63,337
Families$62,764$75,450
Married Families$73,981-
Non Families$24,505$34,771
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Mercer County, Kentucky Marital Status

Mercer County, Kentucky Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

54.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

55.7%

Male Marriage Rate

52.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Mercer County, Kentucky Married by Age and Sex

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Mercer County, Kentucky Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Mercer County, Kentucky Marital Status by Race

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Mercer County, Kentucky Veterans

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1,409

Number of Veterans

1,264

Male Veterans

145

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam576
Second Gulf War248
First Gulf War214
Korea104
World War II88
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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74466
75+361
35 to 54313
55 to 64181
18 to 3488
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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,3408.58%
Black415.90%
Asian2828.00%

Mercer County, Kentucky Veterans by Education

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6.32%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.29%

Veteran Disability Rate

Mercer County, Kentucky Employment Status

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60.5%

Labor Force Participation

54.9%

Employment Rate

9.2%

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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79.46%

Born in Kentucky

97.31%

Native Born

2.69%

Foreign Born

2.14%

Non Citizen

0.55%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.31% of Mercer County, Kentucky residents were born in the United States, with 79.46% having been born in Kentucky. 2.14% 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