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Breathitt County, Kentucky (KY)


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County population in 2012: 13,635 (18% urban, 82% rural); it was 16,100 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,355
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,884
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,721
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,255 (it was 1,449 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

31%

Land area: 495 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 28 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Breathitt County: 81.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (31.1%), Retail trade (14.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 23%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 5%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Breathitt County, Kentucky:


Median resident age:  40.0 years
Kentucky median age:  38.0 years

Males: 6,934  (57.2%)
Females: 6,944  (42.8%)

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Breathitt County,KY real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Breathitt County:

2.0 people
Kentucky:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $22,795 ($19,155 in 1999)
This county:

$22795
Kentucky:

$40072

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $290 (lower quartile is $210, upper quartile is $387)
This county:

$290
State:

$475


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $41,871 (it was $32,000 in 2000)
Breathitt County:

$41,871
Kentucky:

$117,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $19,360 - $89,414

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $110,835
Here:

$110,835
State:

$160,262

Townhouses or other attached units: $158,677
Here:

$158,677
State:

$172,390

In 2-unit structures: $70,376
Here:

$70,376
State:

$160,712

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $2,250,517
Here:

$2,250,517
State:

$118,836

Mobile homes: $33,162
Here:

$33,162
State:

$33,636

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $8,967
Here:

$8,967
State:

$47,392
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $895
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $239

Institutionalized population: 154

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Breathitt County, KY map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $293 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $163 (0.5%)


Breathitt County household income distribution in 2009 Breathitt County home values distribution


Breathitt County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 31.1%
(31.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 60.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 40 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 16 years old, American Indian residents: 19 years old, Asian residents: 25 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 16 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

33.2%
Whole state:

15.8%

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

12.2%
Whole state:

6.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Breathitt County is $374 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $429 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $533 a month.

Cities in this county include: Jackson, Canoe, Haddix, Hardshell, Oakdale, Rousseau, Taulbee.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Breathitt County: Camp Robinson University of Kentucky Engineering Camp (A), Camp Lewis (B), Beech P O (C), Town Flats (D), University of Kentucky Experimental Farm (E), Curt P O (F), Forest Hill Community Center (G), Bethel Childrens Home (H), Quicksand Fire Department (I), Watts Volunteer Fire Department (J), Canoe Volunteer Fire Department (K), Wolfe Coal Volunteer Fire Department (L), Vancleve Volunteer Fire Department (M), McIntosh Ambulance (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Breathitt County include: Faith Church (A), Fivemile Church (B), Grace Chapel (C), Haddix Fork Church (D), High Top Church (E), Hilltop Church (F), Zion Hill Mission (G), Whick Church (H), Lewis Fork Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Betts Mann Cemetery (1), Pennington Cemetery (2), Thorpe Cemetery (3), Howard Cemetery (4), Puckett Cemetery (5), Morris Fork Cemetery (6), Haddix Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cockrell Fork (A), Negro Fork (B), Peggs Fork (C), Allen Patton Branch (D), Alum Cave Branch (E), Andys Branch (F), Arkansas Branch (G), Ball Jim Branch (H), Dry Bread Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Knott County , Lee County , Magoffin County , Owsley County , Perry County , Wolfe County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 677
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 57.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 65 (9% naturalized citizens)

Breathitt County:

0.4%
Whole state:

2.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 33.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 66.7%

Breathitt County marital status for males
Breathitt County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Breathitt County with a mortgage: 665 (40 second mortgage, 21 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,303

Here:

33.8% with mortgage
State:

64.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 15.73%
Here15.7%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,533
Total congregations: 24

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Conservative Mennonite Conference
Adherents1,092 (43.1%)462 (18.2%)191 (7.5%)146 (5.8%)121 (4.8%)
Congregations4 (16.7%)4 (16.7%)1 (4.2%)1 (4.2%)2 (8.3%)
NameChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)Free Methodist Church of North AmericaAssemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents100 (3.9%)90 (3.6%)75 (3.0%)61 (2.4%)195 (7.7%)
Congregations1 (4.2%)2 (8.3%)1 (4.2%)1 (4.2%)7 (29.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Breathitt County - Jackson, Canoe, Haddix, Hardshell, Oakdale

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

5.10 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Breathitt County:

3.19 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

14.2%
Kentucky:

11.0%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

35.5%
Kentucky:

30.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Breathitt County:

18.6%
State:

15.9%


Agriculture in Breathitt County:

Average size of farms: 245 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $6,425
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $520.53
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 27.97%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $5,492
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.63%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.35%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $20,994
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.34%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.17
Corn for grain: 235 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 12 harvested acres
Vegetables: 6 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 8 acres

Tornado activity:

Breathitt County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Kentucky state average. It is 2.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 fatalities and 7 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 2/22/2003, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado killed 2 people and injured 7 people and caused $300,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Breathitt County-area historical earthquake activity is above Kentucky state average. It is 72% 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 57.2 miles away from the county 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 51.7 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 79.6 miles away from the county center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 81.5 miles away from Breathitt County 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 34.9 miles away from the county center
On 8/17/1990 at 21:01:17, a magnitude 4.0 (3.5 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 50.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Breathitt County (26) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 22
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 15, Storms: 15, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 5, Mudslides: 2, Snows: 2, Floods: 2, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Blizzard: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (11%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (5%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (5%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Health care (24%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Cashiers (9%)
  • Registered nurses (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Breathitt County (%):





Breathitt County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,395 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 1,002 (21%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 55 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 9 (0%)
  • Taxi: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 132 (3%)
  • Other means: 42 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 127 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Breathitt County, Kentucky in 2000:

People in group quarters in Breathitt County, Kentucky in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $35,647.

4.15% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,131 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.15%
Kentucky average:

6.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.88% relocated from other counties in Kentucky ($19,669 average AGI)
1.27% relocated from other states ($8,463 average AGI)
Breathitt County:

1.27%
Kentucky average:

2.94%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Perry County, KY  0.67% ($29,500 average AGI)
from Wolfe County, KY  0.34% ($19,000)
from Fayette County, KY  0.31% ($42,000)


4.74% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,592 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.74%
Kentucky average:

6.74%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.63% relocated to other counties in Kentucky ($21,098 average AGI)
1.11% relocated to other states ($8,489 average AGI)
Breathitt County:

1.11%
Kentucky average:

2.76%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Perry County, KY  0.52% ($22,350 average AGI)
to Fayette County, KY  0.31% ($41,000)
to Wolfe County, KY  0.31% ($23,167)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.3

Births per 1000 population in Breathitt County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Breathitt County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Breathitt County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,834 (1,639 aged, 1,195 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.27
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 22488.55
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 345.110
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 93286.06

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1171.900
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1159.370

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 19.13
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 56.4

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 13,556

Size of family households: 1,626 2-persons, 1,034 3-persons, 708 4-persons, 289 5-persons, 107 6-persons, 45 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,476 1-person, 177 2-persons, 20 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 2 6-persons.

97.9% of residents of Breathitt County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (55% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 31% speak English not well).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $134,011,000 ($8409 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,207,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $48,414,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $23,238,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $444,000
Federal grants: $57,482,000
Federal procurement contracts: $397,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,037,000 ($608,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $710,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $243,000
Federal Government insurance: $6,444,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 934
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 958
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

50 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +14
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -112
Here -7 per 1000 residents
State +8 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Breathitt County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.63 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Breathitt County, Kentucky
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 13
  • 2 rooms: 26
  • 3 rooms: 174
  • 4 rooms: 866
  • 5 rooms: 1,522
  • 6 rooms: 1,061
  • 7 rooms: 524
  • 8 rooms: 284
  • 9+ rooms: 251
  • 1 room: 29
  • 2 rooms: 43
  • 3 rooms: 111
  • 4 rooms: 500
  • 5 rooms: 406
  • 6 rooms: 231
  • 7 rooms: 80
  • 8 rooms: 39
  • 9+ rooms: 10
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Breathitt County, Kentucky
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 13
  • 1 bedroom: 182
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,391
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,491
  • 4 bedrooms: 516
  • 5+ bedrooms: 128
  • no bedroom: 29
  • 1 bedroom: 184
  • 2 bedrooms: 701
  • 3 bedrooms: 455
  • 4 bedrooms: 71
  • 5+ bedrooms: 9
Cars and other vehicles available in Breathitt County, Kentucky in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 661
  • 1 vehicle: 1,598
  • 2 vehicles: 1,711
  • 3 vehicles: 563
  • 4 vehicles: 130
  • 5+ vehicles: 58
  • no vehicle: 482
  • 1 vehicle: 628
  • 2 vehicles: 266
  • 3 vehicles: 56
  • 4 vehicles: 17
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

69% of Breathitt County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 64% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 70% lived in Kentucky.

Breathitt County:

68.9%
State average:

56.6%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $43,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 6%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Breathitt County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (52.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.5%)
  • Utility gas (10.8%)
  • Coal or coke (9.5%)
  • Wood (6.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5.9%)
  • Electricity (42.4%)
  • Utility gas (17.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (12.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11.0%)
  • Coal or coke (10.6%)
  • Wood (6.3%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 63
Here:

3.3%
Kentucky:

11.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 167
Here:

15.4%
Kentucky:

10.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 156
Here:

25.7%
Kentucky:

18.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Breathitt County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Breathitt County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Breathitt County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Breathitt County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Breathitt County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Breathitt County, KY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James7670.3 years
John5969.3 years
Mary5574.1 years
William4068.9 years
Robert3369.1 years
George3170.6 years
Charles2965.5 years
Martha2684.1 years
Carl2266.3 years
Henry2175.3 years
Most common last names in Breathitt County, KY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Turner10274.0 years
Combs9069.5 years
Gross8773.9 years
Mcintosh6971.8 years
Spicer6671.6 years
Fugate5869.7 years
Spencer5770.1 years
Miller5173.4 years
Noble5071.0 years
Deaton5075.1 years
Businesses in Breathitt County, KY
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Rite Aid1
H&R Block1Sears1
Hardee's1Subway1
KFC1True Value1
Little Caesars Pizza1U-Haul1
McDonald's1UPS1
Nike1Walmart1
Pizza Hut1Wendy's1
RadioShack1

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