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County population in 2012: 17,497 (all rural); it was 16,315 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,871
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,641
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,514
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,889 (it was 1,427 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

31%

Land area: 254 sq. mi.
Water area: 29.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 69 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Russell County: 83.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.8%), Manufacturing (21.1%), Retail trade (11.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 71%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Russell County, Kentucky:


Median resident age:  42.0 years
Kentucky median age:  38.0 years

Males: 8,595  (45.0%)
Females: 8,970  (55.0%)

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Russell County,KY real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Russell County:

2.0 people
Kentucky:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $26,231 ($22,042 in 1999)
This county:

$26231
Kentucky:

$40072

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $315 (lower quartile is $226, upper quartile is $378)
This county:

$315
State:

$475


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $82,700 (it was $54,100 in 2000)
Russell County:

$82,700
Kentucky:

$117,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $48,762 - $122,733

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $139,766
Here:

$139,766
State:

$160,262

Townhouses or other attached units: $695,495
Here:

$695,495
State:

$172,390

In 2-unit structures: $55,572
Here:

$55,572
State:

$160,712

Mobile homes: $41,294
Here:

$41,294
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: $820
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $213

Institutionalized population: 140

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):


Russell 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: $504 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $350 (0.5%)


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


Russell County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 23.0%
(22.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.6% for Black residents, 26.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 28.0% for other race residents, 93.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 44 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 32 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

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

24.3%
Whole state:

15.8%

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

8.5%
Whole state:

6.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Russell County is $361 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $429 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $523 a month.

Cities in this county include: Russell Springs, Jamestown, Bryan, Eli.

Russell County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Russell County: Pleasant Hill Dock (A), Winfreys Ferry (B), State Dock (C), Gum Corners (D), Irvins Store (E), Jamestown Dock (F), South Russell Volunteer Fire Department (G), Eli Volunteer Fire Department (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Russell County include: Faith Temple Church (A), French Valley Methodist Church (B), Friendship Baptist Church (C), Coffey Hill Friendship Church (D), Good Tidings Church (E), Grider Chapel (F), Hayes Chapel (G), Welfare Baptist Church (H), Highway Mission (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Lucenda Cemetery (1), Phelps Cemetery (2), Hatfield Cemetery (3), Coffey Cemetery (4), Coleman Cemetery (5), Military Cemetery (6), Dixon Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Alligator Creek (A), Baugh Branch (B), Bethel Creek (C), Blackfish Creek (D), Blakey Branch (E), Bledsoe Creek (F), Bob Branch (G), Cripple Creek (H), Wolf Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Russell County include: Lake Cumberland State Park (1), Wolf Creek Recreation Area (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Adair County , Casey County , Clinton County , Cumberland County , Pulaski County , Wayne County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 541
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 61.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 163 (50% naturalized citizens)

Russell County:

1.0%
Whole state:

2.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 75.2%

Russell County marital status for males
Russell County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Russell County with a mortgage: 1,616 (176 second mortgage, 210 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,455

Here:

52.6% with mortgage
State:

64.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 62.35%
Here62.3%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 10,172
Total congregations: 64

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionSeparate Baptists in ChristUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)
Adherents3,859 (37.9%)1,945 (19.1%)1,496 (14.7%)1,020 (10.0%)678 (6.7%)
Congregations15 (23.4%)13 (20.3%)10 (15.6%)4 (6.3%)6 (9.4%)
NameChurch of the NazareneChurch of God of ProphecyChurches of ChristCatholic ChurchOther
Adherents446 (4.4%)177 (1.7%)157 (1.5%)142 (1.4%)252 (2.5%)
Congregations3 (4.7%)3 (4.7%)4 (6.3%)1 (1.6%)5 (7.8%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Russell County - Russell Springs, Jamestown, Bryan, Eli

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

2.92 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Russell County:

1.17 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
This county:

9.35 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Russell County:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.8%
Kentucky:

11.0%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

31.6%
Kentucky:

30.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Russell County:

20.5%
State:

15.9%


Agriculture in Russell County:

Average size of farms: 105 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $24,263
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $152.83
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.15%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 78.76%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $26,337
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 32.27%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.18%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $47,778
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.33%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 37.33
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 7.69%
Corn for grain: 3335 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 655 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 3396 harvested acres
Vegetables: 53 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Russell County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Kentucky state average. It is 3.1 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 fatalities and 74 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/27/1971, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 2 people and injured 72 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Russell County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Kentucky state average. It is 97% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/17/1990 at 21:01:17, a magnitude 4.0 (3.5 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 95.9 miles away from the county center
On 9/17/2004 at 15:21:43, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 58.1 miles away from the county center
On 7/30/1997 at 12:29:23, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 94.2 miles away from the county center
On 6/17/1998 at 08:00:23, a magnitude 3.6 (3.3 MB, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 82.8 miles away from Russell County center
On 6/19/2007 at 18:16:27, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 MD, Depth: 2.9 mi) earthquake occurred 85.6 miles away from the county center
On 1/17/1999 at 18:38:04, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 76.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Russell County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 6, Floods: 4, Tornadoes: 3, Mudslides: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Freeze: 1, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Blizzard: 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 (16%)
  • Apparel (9%)
  • Metal and metal products (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Wood products (4%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (3%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Apparel (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)

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




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





Russell County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,352 (83%)
  • Carpooled: 708 (11%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 95 (1%)
  • Other means: 39 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 267 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,219.

5.59% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,052 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.59%
Kentucky average:

6.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.37% relocated from other counties in Kentucky ($14,456 average AGI)
2.22% relocated from other states ($11,596 average AGI)
Russell County:

2.22%
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 Adair County, KY  0.66% ($17,222 average AGI)
from Pulaski County, KY  0.53% ($25,310)
from Jefferson County, KY  0.25% ($37,286)
from Casey County, KY  0.22% ($24,000)


4.70% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($24,738 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.70%
Kentucky average:

6.74%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.27% relocated to other counties in Kentucky ($16,875 average AGI)
1.43% relocated to other states ($7,867 average AGI)
Russell County:

1.43%
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 Adair County, KY  0.86% ($20,766 average AGI)
to Pulaski County, KY  0.46% ($24,560)
to Casey County, KY  0.24% ($23,231)
to Fayette County, KY  0.20% ($22,364)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.1

Births per 1000 population in Russell County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Russell County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Russell County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,510 (2,534 aged, 976 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.94
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9116.280
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 267.250
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 14449.46

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1345.480
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 910.690

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 43.12
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 70.51

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 180.7. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,388

Size of family households: 2,447 2-persons, 1,222 3-persons, 814 4-persons, 339 5-persons, 104 6-persons, 63 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,122 1-person, 241 2-persons, 33 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 6 5-persons.

97.0% of residents of Russell County speak English at home.
1.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (54% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 16% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (42% speak English very well, 58% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $116,300,000 ($6907 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,480,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $48,051,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $22,616,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $511,000
Federal grants: $40,596,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,453,000 ($853,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,074,000 ($829,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $4,441,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $22,443,000
Federal Government insurance: $541,000

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

Births: 1,036
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,006
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

50 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +13
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +686
Here:

+40 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Russell County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.96 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Russell County, Kentucky
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 22
  • 2 rooms: 98
  • 3 rooms: 188
  • 4 rooms: 864
  • 5 rooms: 1,748
  • 6 rooms: 1,208
  • 7 rooms: 630
  • 8 rooms: 451
  • 9+ rooms: 305
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 30
  • 3 rooms: 294
  • 4 rooms: 409
  • 5 rooms: 364
  • 6 rooms: 227
  • 7 rooms: 63
  • 8 rooms: 17
  • 9+ rooms: 19
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Russell County, Kentucky
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 45
  • 1 bedroom: 169
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,474
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,056
  • 4 bedrooms: 657
  • 5+ bedrooms: 113
  • no bedroom: 12
  • 1 bedroom: 257
  • 2 bedrooms: 665
  • 3 bedrooms: 427
  • 4 bedrooms: 65
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1
Cars and other vehicles available in Russell County, Kentucky in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 398
  • 1 vehicle: 1,622
  • 2 vehicles: 2,203
  • 3 vehicles: 928
  • 4 vehicles: 257
  • 5+ vehicles: 106
  • no vehicle: 283
  • 1 vehicle: 662
  • 2 vehicles: 391
  • 3 vehicles: 79
  • 4 vehicles: 7
  • 5+ vehicles: 5

65% of Russell County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 63% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 58% lived in Kentucky.

Russell County:

64.6%
State average:

56.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $37,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Russell County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (68.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (15.0%)
  • Wood (7.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.7%)
  • No fuel used (1.2%)
  • Utility gas (0.6%)
  • Electricity (64.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (20.3%)
  • Wood (8.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.5%)
  • Utility gas (1.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 24
Here:

1.4%
Kentucky:

11.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 44
Here:

5.4%
Kentucky:

10.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 104
Here:

21.3%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Russell County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Russell County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Russell County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Russell County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Russell 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 Russell County, KY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary11279.9 years
William11173.1 years
James11071.3 years
John8773.5 years
Robert4874.1 years
Charles3968.0 years
George3873.7 years
Joe3673.4 years
Eva3479.5 years
Ruth3376.8 years
Most common last names in Russell County, KY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Wilson17373.5 years
Grider10275.9 years
Foley8780.0 years
Smith8273.1 years
Johnson8073.2 years
Roy7372.7 years
Lawless6875.8 years
Brown6773.3 years
Popplewell6575.4 years
Stephens6577.4 years
Businesses in Russell County, KY
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's1
Ace Hardware1Papa John's Pizza1
Arby's1Pizza Hut1
Blockbuster1Rite Aid1
FedEx1SONIC Drive-In1
H&R Block1Sears1
Kmart1Taco Bell1
Kroger1True Value1
Lane Furniture1U-Haul1
Little Caesars Pizza1Wendy's1
Long John Silver's1

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