Nelson County, Kentucky Population 2020

Nelson County, Kentucky's estimated population is 46,329 with a growth rate of 0.52% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Nelson County, Kentucky is the 21st largest county in Kentucky.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202046,3292390.52%
201946,0902390.52%
201845,8512390.52%
201745,6121170.26%
201645,4953800.84%
201545,1152490.55%
201444,8663140.70%
201344,5521380.31%
201244,4143480.79%
201144,0664351.00%
201043,63113,92146.86%
199029,7102,1267.71%
198027,5844,10717.49%
197023,4771,3095.90%
196022,1682,64713.56%
195019,5211,5178.43%
194018,0041,4538.78%
193016,5514142.57%
192016,137-693-4.12%
191016,8302431.47%
190016,5871701.04%
189016,417-192-1.16%
188016,6091,80512.19%
187014,804-995-6.30%
186015,7991,0106.83%
185014,7891,1528.45%
184013,637-1,295-8.67%
183014,932-1,341-8.24%
182016,2732,19515.59%
181014,0784,21242.69%
18009,866-1,449-12.81%
179011,3150.00%
2020 Growth Rate
0.52%
County Website
Founded
November 29, 1784
County Seat
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Nelson County, Kentucky Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White41,39191.19%
Black or African American2,2524.96%
Two or More Races8851.95%
Some Other Race5341.18%
Asian2750.61%
American Indian and Alaska Native510.11%
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Nelson County, Kentucky Population Pyramid 2020

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Nelson County, Kentucky Median Age

39.5


Total

37.8


Male

40.6


Female

Nelson County, Kentucky Adults

There are 34,410 adults, (6,609 of whom are seniors) in Nelson County, Kentucky.

Nelson County, Kentucky Age Dependency

63.3

Age Dependency Ratio

23.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Nelson County, Kentucky Sex Ratio

Female

22,896

50.45%

Male

22,492

49.55%

Nelson County, Kentucky Households and Families

Nelson County, Kentucky Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Nelson County, Kentucky Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married88.5%11.5%
Male77.4%22.6%
All76.6%23.4%
Non Family63.5%36.5%
Female57.7%42.3%

76.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All17,4912.5676.6
Married9,2893.288.5
Non Family5,4781.2463.5
Female2,0473.0157.7
Male6773.2277.4

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Average Family Size

2.56

Average Household Size

6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Nelson County, Kentucky Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1363.73%
9th to 12th Grade2,1547.06%
High School Graduate11,80538.72%
Some College7,09623.27%
Associates Degree3,06510.05%
Bachelors Degree3,15810.36%
Graduate Degree2,0786.81%
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Nelson County, Kentucky Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White28,31625,3714,848
Black1,3781,190192
Hispanic34222342
Multiple Races29125349
Asian149149105
Other Race11111
Native American5151

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 70.47%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,998$44,957$30,361
Less Than High School$16,969$18,625$12,976
High School Grad$32,492$40,622$24,981
Some College$37,034$52,156$27,846
Bachelors Degree$48,492$54,041$42,031
Graduate Degree$57,234$62,083$54,958

$36,998

Average Earnings

$44,957

Average Male

$30,361

Average Female

Nelson County, Kentucky Language

Nelson County, Kentucky Language by Age

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Nelson County, Kentucky Language

98.11% of Nelson County, Kentucky residents speak only English, while 1.89% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.22% of the population.

Nelson County, Kentucky Poverty

Nelson County, Kentucky Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White40,6814,0149.87%
Hispanic92559063.78%
Other53445585.21%
Black2,1791798.21%
Multiple84911313.31%

10.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.15%

Male Poverty Rate

12.64%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Nelson County, Kentucky

The race most likely to be in poverty in Nelson County, Kentucky is Other, with 85.21% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Nelson County, Kentucky is Black, with 8.21% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.24%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.49%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.61%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.72%
High School10.95%
Some College5.56%
Bachelors or Greater4.98%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed35.44%
Female Unemployed26.98%
Female Employed5.57%
Male Employed4.66%

Nelson County, Kentucky Income

Nelson County, Kentucky Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$57,469$79,045
Families$69,819$87,543
Married Families$79,722-
Non Families$31,713$57,854
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Nelson County, Kentucky Marital Status

Nelson County, Kentucky Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

53.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.9%

Male Marriage Rate

51.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Nelson County, Kentucky Married by Age and Sex

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Nelson County, Kentucky Marriage

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

Nelson County, Kentucky Marital Status by Race

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Nelson County, Kentucky Veterans

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3,126

Number of Veterans

2,899

Male Veterans

227

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,330
First Gulf War618
Second Gulf War367
Korea154
World War II95
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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74945
35 to 54840
55 to 64704
75+542
18 to 3495
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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,7318.59%
Black30018.18%
2 or More5311.57%
Indian2752.94%
Hispanic193.32%
Asian159.55%

Nelson County, Kentucky Veterans by Education

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5.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.72%

Veteran Disability Rate

Nelson County, Kentucky Employment Status

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65%

Labor Force Participation

61.3%

Employment Rate

5.7%

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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83.07%

Born in Kentucky

98.72%

Native Born

1.28%

Foreign Born

0.57%

Non Citizen

0.71%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.72% of Nelson County, Kentucky residents were born in the United States, with 83.07% having been born in Kentucky. 0.57% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

  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