Martin County, Kentucky (KY)

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County population in 2012: 12,743 (all rural); it was 12,578 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,263
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,227
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,787
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,026 (it was 989 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

31%

Land area: 231 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 55 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Martin County: 84.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (35.9%), Educational, health and social services (12.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 53%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 47%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Martin County, Kentucky:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (89.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (6.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.0%)
Median resident age:  37.0 years
Kentucky median age:  38.0 years
Males: 7,150  (48.1%)
Females: 5,779  (51.9%)
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Martin County,KY real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Martin County:

2.0 people
Kentucky:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $26,482 ($18,279 in 1999)

This county:

$26482
Kentucky:

$43399

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $344 (lower quartile is $236, upper quartile is $506)
This county:

$344
State:

$525


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $84,750 (it was $44,500 in 2000)
Martin:

$84,750
Kentucky:

$120,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $35,191 - $139,479
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $965
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $280

Institutionalized population: 1,649

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $673 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $336 (0.5%)

Martin County household income distribution in 2009 Martin County home values distribution Martin County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 35.1%
(35.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 18.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 3.0% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 35.0%
Martin County:

35.0%
Kentucky:

18.8%
(36.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 89.7% for Black residents, 18.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 1.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 37 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 50 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 34 years old, Other race residents: 30 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Martin County is $360 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $429 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $528 a month.

Cities in this county include: Three Forks, Inez, Warfield.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Martin County: Calf Creek (A), Add (B), Honey Branch Regional Industrial Park (C), Inez Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (D), Tomahawk Volunteer Fire Department (E), Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department (F), Pigeon Roost Volunteer Fire Department (G), United States Penetentary at Big Sandy (H), Haven of Rest (I), Camp Gedion Childrens Home (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Martin County include: Friendship Church (A), Gospel Light Church (B), New Friendship Church (C), Justice Church (D), Middle Fork United Baptist Church (E), Little Home United Baptist Church (F), Mary Elizabeth Baptist Church (G), Anna Church (H), Antioch Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Marcum Cemetery (1), Triplett Cemetery (2), Buffalo Horn Cemetery (3), Harmon Cemetery (4), Ward Cemetery (5), Caney Cemetery (6), Perry Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Tailings Pond (A), Martin County Lake (B), Curtis Crum Reservoir (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Aldridge Branch (A), Alpha Branch (B), Dry Fork (C), Apple Orchard Branch (D), Ashlog Branch (E), Barkcamp Branch (F), Bear Branch (G), Beech Fork (H), Bent Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Mingo County, West Virginia , Floyd County , Wayne County, West Virginia , Johnson County , Lawrence County , Pike County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

11.1%
Kentucky:

7.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 435
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 54.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 9 (100% naturalized citizens)

Martin County:

0.1%
Whole state:

2.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 0
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 9

Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 66.8%

Martin County marital status for males Martin County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Martin County with a mortgage: 518 (25 second mortgage, 32 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,097

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Martin County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant2,50823
Black Protestant1791
Mainline Protestant1712
Catholic131
None10,058-
Martin County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Martin County:

2.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
Martin County:

13.75 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
This county:

3.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Martin County:

11.9%
Kentucky:

11.0%

Adult obesity rate:
Martin County:

36.0%
State:

30.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

20.9%
State:

15.9%

Agriculture in Martin County:

Average size of farms: 365 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $9,118
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $23.93
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: 92.41%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $14,468
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 7.93%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $32,825
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 100.00%
Average age of principal farm operators: 47 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 13.36

Earthquake activity:

Martin County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Kentucky state average. It is 80% 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 81.8 miles away from Martin 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 77.2 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 54.8 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 55.6 miles away from the county 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 295.2 miles away from Martin County center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 162.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Martin County (21) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Fires: 3, Mudslides: 2, Snows: 2, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • United Kingdom (100%)

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

  • United States or American (78%)
  • English (5%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • German (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)
  • Italian (1%)

Martin County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,382 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 492 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 25 (1%)
  • Walked: 35 (1%)
  • Other means: 49 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 55 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 68 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 4 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 4 people in other nonhousehold living situations

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

  • 1,579 people in federal prisons
  • 70 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 8 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,808.

4.98% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,864 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.98%
Kentucky average:

6.18%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.56% relocated from other counties in Kentucky ($17,450 average AGI)
2.42% relocated from other states ($13,414 average AGI)
Martin County:

2.42%
Kentucky average:

2.68%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Johnson County, KY  0.64% ($30,167 average AGI)
from Mingo County, WV  0.57% ($37,125)


5.91% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,238 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.91%
Kentucky average:

6.19%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.05% relocated to other counties in Kentucky ($23,839 average AGI)
1.87% relocated to other states ($10,399 average AGI)
Martin County:

1.87%
Kentucky average:

2.68%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Johnson County, KY  0.99% ($44,714 average AGI)
to Lawrence County, KY  0.92% ($35,423)
to Mingo County, WV  0.56% ($25,563)
to Floyd County, KY  0.49% ($21,143)
to Pike County, KY  0.35% ($29,700)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.6

Births per 1000 population in Martin County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 10.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Martin County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Martin County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,193 (1,151 aged, 1,042 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1440.850
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 998.770

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 16.5
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 98.24

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.19

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 11,272

Size of family households: 1,389 2-persons, 773 3-persons, 589 4-persons, 276 5-persons, 74 6-persons, 59 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,209 1-person, 124 2-persons, 18 3-persons, 4 4-persons, 1 6-persons.

2,477 married couples with children.
746 single-parent households (145 men, 601 women).

98.9% of residents of Martin County speak English at home.
0.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (74% speak English very well, 26% speak English well).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (58% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 35% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (73% speak English very well, 27% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $125,725,000 ($10198 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,063,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $50,212,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,369,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,200,000
Federal grants: $36,000,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,966,000 ($614,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $18,978,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $7,101,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $10,355,000
Federal Government insurance: $28,489,000

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

Births: 867
Here:

71 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 619
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

50 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: -2
Here -0 per 1000 residents
State +7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -588
Here -48 per 1000 residents
State +8 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Martin County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.25 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 75
  • 2000 to 2004: 653
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,066
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,161
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,161
  • 1960 to 1969: 314
  • 1950 to 1959: 328
  • 1940 to 1949: 199
  • 1939 or earlier: 197
Rooms in houses/apartments in Martin County, Kentucky
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 24
  • 3 rooms: 78
  • 4 rooms: 570
  • 5 rooms: 1,083
  • 6 rooms: 899
  • 7 rooms: 543
  • 8 rooms: 276
  • 9+ rooms: 306
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 26
  • 3 rooms: 115
  • 4 rooms: 314
  • 5 rooms: 236
  • 6 rooms: 126
  • 7 rooms: 104
  • 8 rooms: 39
  • 9+ rooms: 11
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Martin County, Kentucky
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 114
  • 2 bedrooms: 960
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,165
  • 4 bedrooms: 454
  • 5+ bedrooms: 75
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 171
  • 2 bedrooms: 382
  • 3 bedrooms: 319
  • 4 bedrooms: 90
  • 5+ bedrooms: 7
Cars and other vehicles available in Martin County, Kentucky in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 434
  • 1 vehicle: 1,194
  • 2 vehicles: 1,424
  • 3 vehicles: 526
  • 4 vehicles: 170
  • 5+ vehicles: 39
  • no vehicle: 255
  • 1 vehicle: 465
  • 2 vehicles: 197
  • 3 vehicles: 55
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 8

69% of Martin County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 65% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Kentucky.

Martin County:

69.2%
State average:

56.6%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $31,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 6%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 6%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Martin County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (53.9%)
  • Utility gas (34.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.8%)
  • Coal or coke (1.5%)
  • Electricity (54.0%)
  • Utility gas (31.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.2%)
  • Coal or coke (1.8%)
  • Wood (0.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 7
Here:

0.4%
Kentucky:

11.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 5
Here:

0.6%
Kentucky:

10.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 47
Here:

11.9%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Martin County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General - Other: $401,000
    Regular Highways: $322,000
    General Public Buildings: $118,000
    Health - Other: $105,000
    Parks and Recreation: $24,000
    Air Transportation: $21,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,354,000
    General - Other: $1,227,000
    Health - Other: $841,000
    Correctional Institutions: $493,000
    Central Staff Services: $155,000
    Financial Administration: $149,000
    Solid Waste Management: $144,000
    General Public Buildings: $143,000
    Police Protection: $142,000
    Parks and Recreation: $106,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $68,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $47,000
    Local Fire Protection: $34,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $30,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $26,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Correctional Institutions: $106,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $221,000
    Parks and Recreation: $100,000
    Regular Highways: $68,000
    Health - Other: $47,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,000
    Police Protection: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,565,000

Martin County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $991,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $95,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $52,000
    Highways: $17,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $238,000
    Sale of Property: $177,000
    Interest Earnings: $61,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,717,000
    Highways: $1,146,000
    General Local Government Support: $32,000
  • Tax - Individual Income: $965,000
    Property: $671,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $126,000
    Other Selective Sales: $26,000
    NEC: $22,000

Martin County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $980,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $880,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $100,000

Martin County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $943,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Martin County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Martin County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Martin County, KY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James5169.0 years
John3771.2 years
William3667.4 years
Mary3078.3 years
Robert2366.0 years
Thomas1373.9 years
Charles1363.6 years
George1364.4 years
Paul1252.7 years
Virgie1182.2 years
Most common last names in Martin County, KY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Maynard9270.8 years
Horn6275.0 years
Preece4474.5 years
Mills4471.3 years
Stepp4372.9 years
Moore4169.9 years
Bowen3567.3 years
Crum3468.2 years
Ward3273.2 years
Copley3172.9 years
Businesses in Martin County, KY
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Papa John's Pizza1
FedEx1Rite Aid2
GNC1Subway1
H&R Block1Super 81
KFC1Taco Bell1
McDonald's1UPS1

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