Whitley County, Kentucky Population 2020

Whitley County, Kentucky's estimated population is 36,468 with a growth rate of 0.31% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Whitley County, Kentucky is the 29th largest county in Kentucky.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202036,4681130.31%
201936,3551130.31%
201836,2421130.31%
201736,129260.07%
201636,103-19-0.05%
201536,1222750.77%
201435,847-34-0.09%
201335,8811020.29%
201235,779-76-0.21%
201135,8551370.38%
201035,7182,3927.18%
199033,326-70-0.21%
198033,3969,25138.31%
197024,145-1,670-6.47%
196025,815-6,125-19.18%
195031,940-1,246-3.75%
194033,1863,45611.62%
193029,7301,9817.14%
192027,749-4,233-13.24%
191031,9826,96727.85%
190025,0157,42542.21%
189017,5905,59046.58%
188012,0003,72244.96%
18708,2785166.65%
18607,7623154.23%
18507,4472,77459.36%
18404,67386722.78%
18303,8061,46662.65%
18202,3400.00%
2020 Growth Rate
0.31%
County Website
Founded
January 17, 1818
County Seat
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Whitley County, Kentucky Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White34,92596.77%
Two or More Races4501.25%
Black or African American3601.00%
Some Other Race1560.43%
Asian1100.30%
American Indian and Alaska Native680.19%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander200.06%
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Whitley County, Kentucky Population Pyramid 2020

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Whitley County, Kentucky Median Age

36.8


Total

35.1


Male

37.7


Female

Whitley County, Kentucky Adults

There are 27,213 adults, (5,694 of whom are seniors) in Whitley County, Kentucky.

Whitley County, Kentucky Age Dependency

67.7

Age Dependency Ratio

26.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Whitley County, Kentucky Sex Ratio

Female

18,421

51.04%

Male

17,668

48.96%

Whitley County, Kentucky Households and Families

Whitley County, Kentucky Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Whitley County, Kentucky Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.7%17.3%
All69.3%30.7%
Male66%34%
Non Family54.2%45.8%
Female44.9%55.1%

69.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All12,4902.7469.3
Married7,0013.2282.7
Non Family3,3091.254.2
Female1,7033.5544.9
Male4773.466

3.2

Average Family Size

2.74

Average Household Size

5.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Whitley County, Kentucky Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,1669.39%
9th to 12th Grade2,52010.92%
High School Graduate8,61537.34%
Some College4,22418.31%
Associates Degree1,1214.86%
Bachelors Degree2,3019.97%
Graduate Degree2,1239.20%
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Whitley County, Kentucky Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White22,42617,8944,270
Multiple Races24913823
Black1399651
Hispanic9191
Asian808080
Native American6868
Other Race2323
Islander2020

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 100.00%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,639$31,907$23,459
Less Than High School$22,897$22,665$25,588
High School Grad$23,728$30,169$18,396
Some College$26,808$31,335$22,167
Bachelors Degree$35,412$43,238$26,103
Graduate Degree$52,920$57,159$47,619

$27,639

Average Earnings

$31,907

Average Male

$23,459

Average Female

Whitley County, Kentucky Language

Whitley County, Kentucky Language by Age

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Whitley County, Kentucky Language

98.05% of Whitley County, Kentucky residents speak only English, while 1.95% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0.86% of the population.

Whitley County, Kentucky Poverty

Whitley County, Kentucky Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White33,0118,46925.66%
Hispanic39816340.95%
Multiple35513036.62%
Other1568252.56%
Black1495335.57%
Native652132.31%
Islander2020100.00%
Asian8222.44%

25.99%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.35%

Male Poverty Rate

28.51%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Whitley County, Kentucky

The race most likely to be in poverty in Whitley County, Kentucky is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Whitley County, Kentucky is Asian, with 2.44% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.38%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.47%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 36.91%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School39.22%
High School23.56%
Some College19.81%
Bachelors or Greater4.56%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed64.69%
Male Unemployed51.76%
Female Employed9.95%
Male Employed9.39%

Whitley County, Kentucky Income

Whitley County, Kentucky Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$36,897$52,771
Families$47,651$60,947
Married Families$56,690-
Non Families$17,354$27,715
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Whitley County, Kentucky Marital Status

Whitley County, Kentucky Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

51.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.5%

Male Marriage Rate

51.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Whitley County, Kentucky Married by Age and Sex

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Whitley County, Kentucky Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Whitley County, Kentucky Marital Status by Race

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Whitley County, Kentucky Veterans

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1,918

Number of Veterans

1,864

Male Veterans

54

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam899
First Gulf War206
Korea199
Second Gulf War144
World War II24
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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74772
75+499
35 to 54286
55 to 64264
18 to 3497
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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,8417.04%
2 or More6119.81%
Black164.62%
Hispanic94.21%

Whitley County, Kentucky Veterans by Education

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15.65%

Veteran Poverty Rate

47.11%

Veteran Disability Rate

Whitley County, Kentucky Employment Status

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49.4%

Labor Force Participation

44.9%

Employment Rate

8.3%

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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65.80%

Born in Kentucky

98.94%

Native Born

1.06%

Foreign Born

0.78%

Non Citizen

0.28%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.94% of Whitley County, Kentucky residents were born in the United States, with 65.80% having been born in Kentucky. 0.78% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

  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