County population in 2014: 4,508 (all rural); it was 4,858 in 2000County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 535 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 863 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,485 Renter-occupied apartments: 516 (it was 409 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 198 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 23 people per square mile (low).
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Owsley County: 81.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $656 (0.9%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $431 (0.9%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 37.7%
(36.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.5% for Black residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 37.6%
(36.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.5% for Black residents, 89.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 24 years old)
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Owsley 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 $537 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Owsley County: Christian Assembly Campground (A), Snider Switch Station (B), Western Rockcastle Volunteer Fire Department (C), Pongo Volunteer Fire Department (D), Brindle Ridge Fire Department (E). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Owsley County include: Fairview Church (A), Corinth Church (B), Climax Church (C), Clear Creek Church (D), Chestnut Ridge Church (E), Calloway Church (F), Buckeye Church (G), Brindle Ridge Baptist Church (H), Bible Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Phelps Cemetery (1), Merritt Cemetery (2), McKinney Cemetery (3), Lover Cemetery (4), Johnetta Cemetery (5), Rimmel Cemetery (6), Brock Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Dorman Creek (A), Browne Fork (B), Calloway Branch (C), Clay Lick Branch (D), Clear Creek (E), Cove Branch (F), Crooked Creek (G), Davis Branch (H), Eagle Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Current college students: 154 People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 49.2% People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 7.7%
Number of foreign born residents: 5 (0% naturalized citizens)
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
1995 to March 2000: 0
1990 to 1994: 5
1985 to 1989: 0
1980 to 1984: 0
1975 to 1979: 0
1970 to 1974: 0
1970 to 1974: 0
1965 to 1969: 0
Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.7 minutes
Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 56.1%
Housing units in structures:
One, detached: 1,464
One, attached: 17
3 or 4: 63
5 to 9: 51
Mobile homes: 630
Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 22
Housing units in Owsley County with a mortgage: 310 (51 second mortgage, 15 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan) Houses without a mortgage: 306
0.0% with mortgage
64.7% with mortgage
Religion statistics for Owsley County
Owsley 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: 2
4.35 / 10,000 pop.
2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
4.35 / 10,000 pop.
4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 1
2.17 / 10,000 pop.
5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Agriculture in Owsley County:
Average size of farms: 145 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $7,531 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $453.09 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: 16.92% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $9,089 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 9.50% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.38% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $23,314 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.75% Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.03 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.90% Corn for grain: 133 harvested acres Vegetables: 12 harvested acres
Owsley County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Kentucky state average. It is 3923663.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Owsley County-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 56.4 miles away from Owsley 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 51.4 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 239.5 miles away from the county center On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 112.7 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 226.9 miles away from Owsley 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 247.8 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:
KentuckySevere Storms, Tornadoes, And Flooding, Incident Period: April 22, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1976): May 4, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1976, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
KentuckySevere Storms, Tornadoes, Flooding, and Mudslides, Incident Period: May 3, 2009 to May 20, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1841): May 29, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1841, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Mudslide, Flood
KentuckySevere Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 27, 2009 to February 5, 2009, Emergency Declared (EM-3302): January 28, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3302, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
KentuckySevere Winter Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: January 26, 2009 to February 13, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1818): February 5, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1818, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
KentuckyHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3231): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3231, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
KentuckySevere Storms, Tornadoes, Flooding, and Mudslides, Incident Period: May 26, 2004 to June 18, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1523): June 10, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1523, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Mudslide, Flood
KentuckySevere Storms, Flooding, Mud and Rock Slides, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 14, 2003 to June 27, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1475): July 2, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1475, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
KentuckySevere Storms, Flooding, Mud and Rock Slides, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 4, 2003 to May 27, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1471): June 3, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1471, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
KentuckySevere Winter Storms, Incident Period: February 15, 2003 to February 26, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1454): March 14, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1454, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
KentuckySevere Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: April 27, 2002 to May 10, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1414): May 7, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1414, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
15 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Owsley County (25) is a lot greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 22 Emergencies Declared: 3
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 16, Storms: 16, Tornadoes: 10, Winter Storms: 5, Mudslides: 3, Snows: 2, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Law enforcement workers including supervisors (17%)
Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
Management occupations (9%)
Transportation occupations (9%)
Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
Education, training, and library occupations (26%)
Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
Sales and related occupations (11%)
Healthcare support occupations (8%)
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
Construction and extraction occupations (5%)
Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):
Most common first ancestries reported in Owsley County (%):
United States or American (61%)
Means of transportation to work:
Drove a car alone: 962 (72%)
Carpooled: 278 (21%)
Walked: 29 (2%)
Other means: 18 (1%)
Worked at home: 52 (4%)
Owners and renters by unit type in %
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)
94 people in nursing homes
2 people in other nonhousehold living situations
90 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilitiesAverage gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $32,601.
5.83% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($23,292 average adjusted gross income)
10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.77% relocated from other counties in Kentucky ($18,125 average AGI)
1.05% relocated from other states ($5,167 average AGI)
Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Owsley County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 1,095 (745 aged, 350 disabled) Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 136 (14%)
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)
Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)
Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)
Most common underlying causes of death in Owsley County, Kentucky in 1999 - 2014:
Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (135)
Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (104)
756 married couples with children.
296 single-parent households (59 men, 237 women).
99.0% of residents of Owsley County speak English at home.
0.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (67% speak English very well, 33% speak English well).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (59% speak English very well, 41% speak English well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $50,025,000 ($10534 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $273,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $17,522,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $10,507,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $79,000 Federal grants: $20,806,000 Federal procurement contracts: $232,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $880,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $440,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $77,000 Federal Government insurance: $889,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
63 per 1000 residents
69 per 1000 residents
75 per 1000 residents
50 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: -2
-0 per 1000 residents
+7 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -45
-9 per 1000 residents
+8 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Owsley County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.31 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 35
2000 to 2004: 213
1990 to 1999: 342
1980 to 1989: 325
1970 to 1979: 452
1960 to 1969: 198
1950 to 1959: 189
1940 to 1949: 92
1939 or earlier: 246
Rooms in houses/apartments in Owsley County, Kentucky
71% of Owsley County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 59% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 70% lived in Kentucky.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 4257
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $20,000
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 10%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 7%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Owsley County