Nicholas County, Kentucky (KY)

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County population in 2012: 7,000 (all rural); it was 6,813 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,212
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 896
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,027
Renter-occupied apartments: 701 (it was 683 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

31%

Land area: 197 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 36 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Nicholas County: 81.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (35.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (23.9%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (12.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 23%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 77%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Nicholas County, Kentucky:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (97.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.4%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
Kentucky median age:  38.0 years
Males: 3,546  (46.2%)
Females: 3,589  (53.8%)

Nicholas County,KY real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Nicholas County:

2.0 people
Kentucky:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $43,444 ($29,886 in 1999)

This county:

$43444
Kentucky:

$43399

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $329 (lower quartile is $220, upper quartile is $428)
This county:

$329
State:

$525


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $85,253 (it was $59,100 in 2000)
Nicholas:

$85,253
Kentucky:

$120,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $50,106 - $140,192
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $869
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $309

Institutionalized population: 92
Nicholas County, KY map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $726 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $430 (0.6%)

Nicholas County household income distribution in 2009 Nicholas County home values distribution Nicholas County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.0%
(15.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 3.4% for Black residents, 37.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.9%
Nicholas County:

15.9%
Kentucky:

18.8%
(16.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 48 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 4 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Nicholas County is $440 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $576 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $706 a month.

Cities in this county include: Carlisle, Headquarters.

Nicholas 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 Nicholas County: Blue Licks Spring (A), Salt Well (B), North Central District 4-H Camp (C), Walnut Grove (D), Lower Blue Licks (E), Hogjaws (F), Masonic Lodge Hall (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Nicholas County include: Hildreth Church (A), Ishmael Church (B), Locust Grove Church (C), Mount Zion Church (D), Needmore Church (E), Oakland Mills Church (F), Parrish Chapel (G), Stony Creek Church (H), Ball Hill Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Bramelett Cemetery (1), Carter Cemetery (2), Hayden Young Cemetery (3), Standiford Cemetery (4), Needmore Church Cemetery (5), Herndon Cemetery (6), Rose Hill Church Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Lake Cannigo (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Branch (A), Brushy Creek (B), West Branch Sugar Creek (C), Crooked Creek (D), Clear Creek (E), Taylors Creek (F), Cassidy Creek (G), Cane Run (H), Stony Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Nicholas County: Clay Wildlife Management Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Bath County , Bourbon County , Fleming County , Harrison County , Montgomery County , Robertson County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

10.5%
Kentucky:

7.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 158
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 62.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 7.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 31 (42% naturalized citizens)

Nicholas County:

0.5%
Whole state:

2.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 9
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 9
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 13

Mean travel time to work (commute): 33.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 35.7%

Nicholas County marital status for males Nicholas County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Nicholas County with a mortgage: 606 (48 second mortgage, 47 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 456

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Nicholas County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,61111
Mainline Protestant1,05211
Catholic781
Other1-
None4,393-
Nicholas 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: 1
Nicholas County:

1.46 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.


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

2.92 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Nicholas County:

2.92 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
This county:

7.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Nicholas County:

11.9%
Kentucky:

11.0%

Adult obesity rate:
Nicholas County:

33.5%
State:

30.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

8.6%
State:

15.9%

Agriculture in Nicholas County:

Average size of farms: 181 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $20,404
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $212.03
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 3.54%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 48.58%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $21,417
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 27.29%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.59%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $59,123
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.21%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 21.29
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.82%
Corn for grain: 678 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 388 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 36 harvested acres
Vegetables: 24 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 6 acres

Tornado activity:

Nicholas County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Kentucky state average. It is 19495210.2 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Nicholas County-area historical earthquake activity is near 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 8.8 miles away from Nicholas 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 14.2 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 210.1 miles away from the county 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 212.2 miles away from the county center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 206.1 miles away from Nicholas County center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 174.3 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 Nicholas County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 11, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 5, Mudslides: 3, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Snow: 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 (58%)
  • Canada (42%)

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

  • United States or American (50%)
  • English (13%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • German (8%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • Dutch (1%)
  • European (1%)

Nicholas County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,125 (72%)
  • Carpooled: 646 (22%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 33 (1%)
  • Other means: 28 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 102 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

103 people in nursing homes
92 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
3 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $36,908.

5.76% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,618 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.76%
Kentucky average:

6.18%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.96% relocated from other counties in Kentucky ($26,694 average AGI)
0.80% relocated from other states ($4,924 average AGI)
Nicholas County:

0.80%
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 Bourbon County, KY  1.44% ($38,361 average AGI)
from Fayette County, KY  0.64% ($18,375)
from Harrison County, KY  0.56% ($21,071)


5.95% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,510 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.95%
Kentucky average:

6.19%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.15% relocated to other counties in Kentucky ($25,805 average AGI)
0.80% relocated to other states ($2,705 average AGI)
Nicholas County:

0.80%
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 Bourbon County, KY  1.40% ($28,171 average AGI)
to Fayette County, KY  1.04% ($31,385)
to Harrison County, KY  0.48% ($32,167)
to Fleming County, KY  0.40% ($21,800)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.6

Births per 1000 population in Nicholas County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 14.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Nicholas County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 2.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Nicholas County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,349 (1,076 aged, 273 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 14.13
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 15658.56
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1724.140
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 53518.94

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1380.390
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1465.770
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 28.46

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 28.58
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 14.23

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,040

Size of family households: 854 2-persons, 492 3-persons, 395 4-persons, 119 5-persons, 54 6-persons, 42 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 718 1-person, 112 2-persons, 15 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

1,090 married couples with children.
333 single-parent households (108 men, 225 women).

98.6% of residents of Nicholas County speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (50% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 20% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $43,257,000 ($6113 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,702,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $18,293,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,470,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,883,000
Federal grants: $11,161,000
Federal procurement contracts: $248,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,202,000 ($1,193,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $581,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,712,000
Federal Government insurance: $5,528,000

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

Births: 468
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 460
Here:

65 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: +218
Here:

+31 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Nicholas County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.42 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 104
  • 2000 to 2004: 507
  • 1990 to 1999: 519
  • 1980 to 1989: 446
  • 1970 to 1979: 322
  • 1960 to 1969: 324
  • 1950 to 1959: 188
  • 1940 to 1949: 125
  • 1939 or earlier: 757
Rooms in houses/apartments in Nicholas County, Kentucky
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 40
  • 4 rooms: 284
  • 5 rooms: 585
  • 6 rooms: 481
  • 7 rooms: 255
  • 8 rooms: 196
  • 9+ rooms: 186
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 9
  • 3 rooms: 119
  • 4 rooms: 202
  • 5 rooms: 163
  • 6 rooms: 85
  • 7 rooms: 54
  • 8 rooms: 32
  • 9+ rooms: 12
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Nicholas County, Kentucky
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 20
  • 2 bedrooms: 635
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,045
  • 4 bedrooms: 267
  • 5+ bedrooms: 60
  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 141
  • 2 bedrooms: 311
  • 3 bedrooms: 174
  • 4 bedrooms: 42
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Nicholas County, Kentucky in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 146
  • 1 vehicle: 491
  • 2 vehicles: 880
  • 3 vehicles: 383
  • 4 vehicles: 88
  • 5+ vehicles: 39
  • no vehicle: 169
  • 1 vehicle: 283
  • 2 vehicles: 169
  • 3 vehicles: 51
  • 4 vehicles: 11
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

59% of Nicholas County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 74% lived in Kentucky.

Nicholas County:

58.6%
State average:

56.6%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $55,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Nicholas County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (39.5%)
  • Utility gas (23.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6.6%)
  • Wood (6.5%)
  • Coal or coke (0.8%)
  • Electricity (36.3%)
  • Utility gas (34.7%)
  • Wood (11.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6.1%)
  • Coal or coke (1.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 3
Here:

0.4%
Kentucky:

11.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 4
Here:

1.1%
Kentucky:

10.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 2
Here:

1.3%
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)

Nicholas County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $586,000
    General - Other: $524,000
    Central Staff Services: $114,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $88,000
    Health - Other: $73,000
    General Public Buildings: $65,000
    Financial Administration: $54,000
    Solid Waste Management: $47,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $34,000
    Police Protection: $23,000
    Correctional Institutions: $22,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $22,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $79,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Correctional Institutions: $64,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $21,000
    General - Other: $19,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $389,000

Nicholas County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $52,000
    All Other: $24,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $119,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $13,000
    Highways: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $131,000
    Sale of Property: $45,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $35,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $11,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $637,000
    All Other: $279,000
  • Tax - Property: $283,000
    Individual Income: $280,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $30,000
    NEC: $15,000

Nicholas County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,965,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,845,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $120,000

Nicholas County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $851,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Nicholas County, KY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William7672.9 years
Mary6479.5 years
James6072.4 years
John5474.7 years
Charles3973.8 years
Robert3672.3 years
George2778.6 years
Elizabeth2681.0 years
Margaret2572.8 years
Anna2283.3 years
Most common last names in Nicholas County, KY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Ritchie3581.2 years
Gaunce3379.0 years
Mitchell2976.9 years
Fryman2775.3 years
Allison2678.9 years
Scott2578.2 years
Snapp2375.9 years
Clark2281.4 years
Vice2279.1 years
Hollar2183.0 years
Businesses in Nicholas County, KY
NameCountNameCount
Kincaid1Subway1
La-Z-Boy1U-Haul1