Big Creek, Kentucky

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Population in July 2007: 3,740.
Males: 1,854  (49.6%)
Females: 1,886  (50.4%)
Median resident age:

33.9 years
Kentucky median age:

35.9 years

Zip code: 40962

Estimated median household income in 2017: $22,709 (it was $14,451 in 2000)
Big Creek:

$22,709
KY:

$48,375

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $13,386 (it was $8,171 in 2000)

Big Creek CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $52,264 (it was $29,900 in 2000)
Big Creek:

$52,264
KY:

$141,000
March 2019 cost of living index in Big Creek: 81.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Big Creek, KY (2000)
    • 3,82198.7%White alone
    • 270.7%Hispanic
    • 210.5%Two or more races
    • 10.03%Asian alone

Races in Big Creek detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Kentucky and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Big Creek, Kentucky as of October 25, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Big Creek is 3,740 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


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Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 920 feet

Land area: 95.6 square miles.

Population density: 39 people per square mile   (very low).

Big Creek, Kentucky map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Big Creek CCD:

0.7% ($199)
Kentucky:

0.8% ($610)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fayette, KY (76.0 miles , pop. 260,512).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (388.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Manchester, KY (2.7 miles ),
Oneida, KY (2.7 miles ),
Sibert-Hima, KY (3.1 miles ),
Ashers Fork, KY (3.1 miles ),
Burning Springs, KY (3.4 miles ),
Cowcreek, KY (3.7 miles ),
Hyden, KY (3.8 miles ),
Buckhorn, KY (3.9 miles)

Latitude: 37.17 N, Longitude: 83.63 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 606

Distribution of median household income in Big Creek, KY in 2017
Big Creek satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

6.9%
Kentucky:

4.5%
Most common industries in Big Creek, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (13.3%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (9.0%)
  • Educational services (8.0%)
  • Truck transportation (5.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.7%)
  • Wood products (4.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (17.9%)
  • Truck transportation (12.9%)
  • Construction (9.5%)
  • Wood products (7.4%)
  • Educational services (6.4%)
  • Repair & maintenance (5.2%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (23.3%)
  • Educational services (9.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.9%)
  • Other transportation, support activities, couriers (6.1%)
  • Data processing, libraries, other information services (5.7%)
  • Food (5.1%)
Most common occupations in Big Creek, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Cashiers (6.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.0%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (15.7%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (8.6%)
  • Extraction workers (7.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.9%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.2%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cashiers (11.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (10.2%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.1%)
  • Registered nurses (5.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.1%)

Average climate in Big Creek, Kentucky

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 62.6. This is about average.

City:

62.6
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 24.5. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 2.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.94. This is about average. Closest monitor was 24.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.94
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Big Creek-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Kentucky state average. It is 41% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/29/1973, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 24.7 miles away from the Big Creek place center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/3/1974, a category F3 tornado 30.9 miles away from the place center killed 7 people and injured 40 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Big Creek-area historical earthquake activity is near Kentucky state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 73.7 miles away from Big Creek center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 68.7 miles away from Big Creek center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 96.5 miles away from Big Creek center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 248.7 miles away from Big Creek center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 91.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/26/1995 at 00:37:28, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 29.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Clay County (27) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 22
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 18, Storms: 15, Tornadoes: 9, Mudslides: 6, Winter Storms: 6, Fires: 2, Landslides: 2, Snows: 2, Winds: 2, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Big Creek:

  • CUMBERLAND VAL DIST HLTH DEPT (Hospital, about 8 miles away; MANCHESTER, KY)
  • MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HOME HEALTH CARE (Home Health Center, about 8 miles away; MANCHESTER, KY)
  • MARY BRECKINRIDGE HOME HEALTH AGENCY (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; HYDEN, KY)
  • MARY BRECKINRIDGE ARH HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 15 miles away; HYDEN, KY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Big Creek:

  • Hazard Community and Technical College (about 26 miles; Hazard, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,087)
  • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 38 miles; Cumberland, KY; FT enrollment: 2,196)
  • Lincoln Memorial University (about 41 miles; Harrogate, TN; FT enrollment: 3,706)
  • University of the Cumberlands (about 42 miles; Williamsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 3,585)
  • Eastern Kentucky University (about 54 miles; Richmond, KY; FT enrollment: 13,525)
  • Somerset Community College (about 55 miles; Somerset, KY; FT enrollment: 4,698)
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College (about 60 miles; Prestonsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 2,660)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Big Creek: Big Double Creek Picnic Area (A), Lockards Creek Fire Department (B), Daniel Boone National Forest Redbird Ranger District (C), Big Creek Fire and Rescue (D), Redbird Ranger District Office (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Big Creek include: Hopewell Church (A), Happy Hill Church (B), Hopewell Church (C), New Hector Church (D), Gilbert Creek Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hoskins Cemetery (1), Holland Cemetery (2), White Cemetery (3), Arnetts Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bullskin Branch (A), Burnt House Branch (B), Chandler Branch (C), Collins Fork (D), Crib Branch (E), Davidson Branch (F), DeZarns Fork (G), Deerlick Branch (H), Dry Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Clay County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.5 people
Kentucky:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

72.1%
Whole state:

66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.4%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

49.1%
Whole state:

15.8%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

16.4%
Whole state:

6.6%

For population 15 years and over in Big Creek:

Marital status in Big Creek, KY
  • Never married: 19.4%
  • Now married: 66.6%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 8.7%

For population 25 years and over in Big Creek:

  • High school or higher: 37.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 4.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.8%
  • Unemployed: 12.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 37.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

21.0
Kentucky average:

13.8

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Big Creek, KY (based on Clay County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant8,92039
Mainline Protestant5168
Black Protestant1191
Catholic691
Other-1
None12,106-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Clay County:

0.84 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Clay County:

5.89 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 3
This county:

1.26 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.4%
Kentucky:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

31.0%
State:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Clay County:

22.1%
State:

15.9%

3.96% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($31,612 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.96%
Kentucky average:

6.45%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Laurel County, KY  1.50% ($24,519 average AGI)

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Creek:

  • WKLB (1290 AM; 5 kW; MANCHESTER, KY; Owner: BARKER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WWXL (1450 AM; 1 kW; MANCHESTER, KY; Owner: THE PROMISE PARTNERSHIP)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WFSR (970 AM; 5 kW; HARLAN, KY; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING COMPAY)
  • WMTC (730 AM; 5 kW; VANCLEVE, KY; Owner: THE KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN HOLINESS ASSN.)
  • WKIC (1390 AM; 5 kW; HAZARD, KY)
  • WEKG (810 AM; daytime; 5 kW; JACKSON, KY; Owner: INTERMOUNTAIN B/CING CO., INC.)
  • WHLN (1410 AM; 5 kW; HARLAN, KY)
  • WKDP (1330 AM; 5 kW; CORBIN, KY; Owner: EUBANKS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WEKC (710 AM; daytime; 4 kW; WILLIAMSBURG, KY; Owner: GERALD PARKS)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WMIK (560 AM; 3 kW; MIDDLESBORO, KY; Owner: GATEWAY BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Creek:

  • WTBK (105.7 FM; MANCHESTER, KY; Owner: MANCHESTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WSGS (101.1 FM; HAZARD, KY; Owner: MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • WWLT (103.1 FM; MANCHESTER, KY; Owner: VERNON R. BALDWIN, INC.)
  • WZQQ (97.9 FM; HYDEN, KY; Owner: LESLIE COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJMD (104.7 FM; HAZARD, KY; Owner: HAZARD BROADCASTING SERVICES)
  • WEKH (90.9 FM; HAZARD, KY; Owner: EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY)
  • WSEH (102.7 FM; CUMBERLAND, KY; Owner: CUMBERLAND CITY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTUK (105.1 FM; HARLAN, KY; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WAXM (93.5 FM; BIG STONE GAP, VA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WMIK-FM (92.7 FM; MIDDLESBORO, KY; Owner: GATEWAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WKDP-FM (99.5 FM; CORBIN, KY; Owner: EUBANKS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WRIL (106.3 FM; PINEVILLE, KY; Owner: PINE HILLS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJSN-FM (106.5 FM; JACKSON, KY; Owner: INTERMOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WIFX-FM (94.3 FM; JENKINS, KY; Owner: LETCHER COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WYGE (92.3 FM; LONDON, KY; Owner: ETHEL HUFF BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WXKQ-FM (103.9 FM; WHITESBURG, KY; Owner: T.C.W. BROADCASTING , INC.)
  • WMMT (88.7 FM; WHITESBURG, KY; Owner: APPALSHOP, INCORPORATED)
  • W223AA (92.5 FM; BIG STONE GAP, VA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLJC (102.1 FM; BEATTYVILLE, KY; Owner: HOUR OF HARVEST, INCORPORATED)
  • WWAG (107.9 FM; MCKEE, KY; Owner: DANDY BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Big Creek:

  • W26BK (Channel 26; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WYMT-TV (Channel 57; HAZARD, KY; Owner: WYMT LICENSEE CORP.)
  • W16BI (Channel 16; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W24BT (Channel 24; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WLJC-TV (Channel 65; BEATTYVILLE, KY; Owner: HOUR OF HARVEST, INC.)
  • WKHA (Channel 35; HAZARD, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WUPX-TV (Channel 67; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: PAXSON LEXINGTON LICENSE, INC.)
  • W31BU (Channel 31; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W53BQ (Channel 53; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W69ED (Channel 69; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W64CM (Channel 64; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W66DA (Channel 66; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WAGV (Channel 44; HARLAN, KY; Owner: LIVING FAITH MINISTRIES, INC.)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

1
  • JOHN HEMPHILL, 534 Lawson Hill Road (Lat: 37.157250 Lon: -83.571833), Type: 106.4, Overall height: 103.6 m, Registrant: Hemphill Corporation, Tulsa, Phone: (918) 834-2200

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Big Creek, KY
  • 51.0%Electricity
  • 20.4%Utility gas
  • 15.8%Coal or coke
  • 8.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.5%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Big Creek, KY
  • 46.0%Electricity
  • 26.6%Coal or coke
  • 10.6%Utility gas
  • 9.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 5.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.8%Wood


Big Creek compared to Kentucky state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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