Carter, Kentucky

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Population in July 2007: 1,772.
Males: 887  (50.1%)
Females: 885  (49.9%)
Median resident age:  37.6 years
Kentucky median age:  35.9 years

Zip code: 41164

Estimated median household income in 2015: $34,720 (it was $24,188 in 2000)
Carter:

$34,720
KY:

$45,215

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $16,490 (it was $11,223 in 2000)

Carter CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $86,710 (it was $50,200 in 2000)
Carter:

$86,710
KY:

$130,000

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $104,037; Detached houses: $119,375; Townhouses or other attached units: $118,536; Mobile homes: $69,159
  • Races in Carter, KY (2000)

    Carter races chart
    • 1,73199.3%White alone
    • 50.3%Two or more races
    • 30.2%American Indian alone
    • 40.2%Hispanic

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Carter: 84.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 680 feet

Land area: 83.0 square miles.

Population density: 21 people per square mile   (very low).

Carter, Kentucky map

For population 25 years and over in Carter:

  • High school or higher: 57.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
  • Unemployed: 12.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 36.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Carter CCD:

  • Never married: 14.8%
  • Now married: 71.9%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 7.5%
  • Divorced: 5.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Carter CCD:  0.5% ($269)
Kentucky:  0.8% ($610)
Carter satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Huntington, WV (38.6 miles , pop. 51,475).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fayette, KY (78.0 miles , pop. 260,512).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (337.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Olive Hill, KY (2.8 miles ), Grahn, KY (3.3 miles ), Upper Tygarts, KY (3.4 miles ), Garrison, KY (3.4 miles ), Grayson, KY (3.5 miles ), Laurel-Petersville, KY (3.5 miles ), Tygarts, KY (3.7 miles ), Vanceburg, KY (4.0 miles ).

Latitude: 38.42 N, Longitude: 83.15 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 606

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

8.8%
Kentucky:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (9%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Rail transportation (4%)
  • Wood products (3%)
  • Educational services (25%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Wood products (7%)
  • Apparel (5%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
  • Food (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (11%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (12%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (12%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)

Work and jobs in Carter: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Carter, Kentucky

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Tornado activity:

Carter-area historical tornado activity is below Kentucky state average. It is 34% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/23/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 27.1 miles away from the Carter place center killed 7 people and injured 93 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/10/2003, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 11.1 miles away from the place center injured 17 people and caused $6 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Carter-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Kentucky state average. It is 79% 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 45.7 miles away from the city 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 44.0 miles away from Carter 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 256.8 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 257.8 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 257.6 miles away from Carter center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 186.5 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 Carter County (23) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 20
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 16, Storms: 15, Tornadoes: 8, Mudslides: 7, Winter Storms: 6, Landslides: 3, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Carter:

  • FMC - NA OF GRAYSON (Dialysis Facility, about 12 miles away; GRAYSON, KY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Carter:

  • Morehead State University (about 23 miles; Morehead, KY; Full-time enrollment: 7,523)
  • Shawnee State University (about 24 miles; Portsmouth, OH; FT enrollment: 4,160)
  • Ashland Community and Technical College (about 28 miles; Ashland, KY; FT enrollment: 2,482)
  • Maysville Community and Technical College (about 39 miles; Maysville, KY; FT enrollment: 2,969)
  • Marshall University (about 39 miles; Huntington, WV; FT enrollment: 11,450)
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College (about 55 miles; Prestonsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 2,660)
  • Southern State Community College (about 63 miles; Hillsboro, OH; FT enrollment: 2,418)

Public elementary/middle school in Carter:

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Notable location: Carter City Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Carter include: Kibbey Church (A), Mount Pleasant Church (B), Wesleyville Church (C), Boone Church (D), Oakland Church (E), Plummer Church (F), Bethel Church (G), Smith Creek Church (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Jordan Cemetery (1), Cooper Cemetery (2), Amey Cemetery (3), Everman Cemetery (4), Fults Cemetery (5), Kiser Cemetery (6), Zornes Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Adams Creek (A), Barnes Branch (B), Big Run (C), Brushy Creek (D), Davis Fork (E), Colen Branch (F), Clark Branch (G), Thomas Branch (H), Cedar Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Carter: Carter Caves State Resort Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Carter County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 64.5. This is about average.

City:

64.5
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 1.25. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.25
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 26.3. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 14.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.3
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 15.2. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 8.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.2
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.51. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 14.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.51
U.S.:

9.35
Average household size:
This place:  2.5 people
Kentucky:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  71.4%
Whole state:  66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.1%
Whole state:  6.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

25.6%
Whole state:

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

10.8%
Whole state:

6.6%

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

17.4
Kentucky average:

13.8

Carter travel time to work - commute Carter mode of transportation to work chart

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Religion statistics for Carter CCD (based on Carter County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant6,26950
Mainline Protestant6668
Black Protestant1831
Other1571
Catholic1021
None20,343-
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: 9
Carter County:

3.28 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Carter County:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 10
Here:

3.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.4%
Kentucky:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Carter County:

33.8%
Kentucky:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

17.9%
State:

15.9%

4.10% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,313 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.10%
Kentucky average:

6.18%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Boyd County, KY  0.68% ($32,780 average AGI)
from Rowan County, KY  0.39% ($32,676)
from Greenup County, KY  0.35% ($36,774)


4.66% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,754 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.66%
Kentucky average:

6.19%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Boyd County, KY  0.88% ($29,494 average AGI)
to Rowan County, KY  0.67% ($26,068)
to Greenup County, KY  0.30% ($33,923)

Strongest AM radio stations in Carter:

  • WGOH (1370 AM; 5 kW; GRAYSON, KY; Owner: CARTER COUNTY BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WTVN (610 AM; 50 kW; COLUMBUS, OH; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WLGC (1520 AM; daytime; 5 kW; GREENUP, KY; Owner: GREENUP COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLW (700 AM; 50 kW; CINCINNATI, OH; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNXT (1260 AM; 5 kW; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: HOMETOWN B/C OF PORTSMOUTH, INC.)
  • WVHU (800 AM; 5 kW; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRVC (930 AM; 5 kW; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: FIFTH AVENUE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WTCR (1420 AM; 5 kW; KENOVA, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSAI (1530 AM; 50 kW; CINCINNATI, OH; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WOKT (1040 AM; daytime; 3 kW; CANNONSBURG, KY; Owner: BIG RIVER RADIO, INC.-KY)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKYH (600 AM; 5 kW; PAINTSVILLE, KY; Owner: HIGHLANDS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WHRD (1470 AM; 5 kW; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: CONCORD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Carter:

  • WPAY-FM (104.1 FM; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: RADIO STATIONS WPAY/WPFB, INC.)
  • WOSP (91.5 FM; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WMKY (90.3 FM; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WUGO (102.3 FM; GRAYSON, KY; Owner: CARTER COUNTY BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WOKE (98.3 FM; GARRISON, KY; Owner: BIG RIVER RADIO, INC.)
  • WOHP (88.3 FM; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: THE CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY)
  • WDGG (93.7 FM; ASHLAND, KY; Owner: FIFTH AVENUE B/CASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WLGC-FM (105.7 FM; GREENUP, KY; Owner: GREENUP COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WBKS (107.1 FM; IRONTON, OH; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBMK (88.5 FM; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WNXT-FM (99.3 FM; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: HOMETOWN B/C OF PORTSMOUTH, INC.)
  • W215AV (90.9 FM; SOUTH PORTSMOUTH, KY; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WFLE-FM (95.1 FM; FLEMINGSBURG, KY; Owner: FLEMING COUNTY BROADCASTING CO., INC)
  • WZZZ (107.5 FM; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: HOMETOWN BROADCASTING OF PORTSMOUTH 2, INC.)
  • WKKS-FM (104.9 FM; VANCEBURG, KY; Owner: BROWN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBVB (97.1 FM; COAL GROVE, OH; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRVC-FM (92.7 FM; CATLETTSBURG, KY; Owner: FIFTH AVENUE BROADCASTING CO., INC)
  • WQXX (106.1 FM; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: MORGAN COUNTY INDUSTRIES, INC.)
  • WIVY (96.3 FM; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: GATEWAY RADIO WORKS, INC.)
  • WOUL-FM (89.1 FM; IRONTON, OH; Owner: OHIO UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Carter:

  • WPBO (Channel 42; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WHCP (Channel 30; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: TELEVISION PROPERTIES, INC.)
  • WKMR (Channel 38; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WUPX-TV (Channel 67; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: PAXSON LEXINGTON LICENSE, INC.)
  • WPBY-TV (Channel 33; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • W66CZ (Channel 66; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

3
  • ERIK C SWANSON, 1 Mile Southwest Of (Lat: 38.418889 Lon: -83.131361), Type: 424.6, Overall height: 424.6 m, Registrant: 2067839151, Eswanson@hatdaw.Com, 9500 GREENWOOD AVE N
  • Teresa Schuller, 13900 State Highway 2 (Wv220a), Type: 92.7, Structure height: 21043 m, Overall height: 91.4 m, Registrant: 2024573068, Anisa.A.Latif@att.Com, 1120 20TH STREET, NW, SUITE 1000
  • Teresa Schuller, 13900 State Highway 2 (Wv220a), Type: 92.7, Structure height: 21043 m, Overall height: 91.4 m, Registrant: 2024573068, Anisa.A.Latif@att.Com, 1120 20TH STREET, NW, SUITE 1000

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (42%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (31%)
  • Wood (23%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3%)
  • Utility gas (1%)
  • Coal or coke (1%)

Businesses in Carter, KY

  • Lane Furniture: 1

Carter compared to Kentucky state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly 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 below state average.
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