Morehead, Kentucky

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Population in 2019: 7,562 (56% urban, 44% rural).
Population change since 2000: +27.9%
Males: 3,425  (45.3%)
Females: 4,137  (54.7%)
Median resident age:

22.8 years
Kentucky median age:

39.2 years

Zip codes: 40313.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $30,844 (it was $24,014 in 2000)
Morehead:

$30,844
KY:

$52,295

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $19,335 (it was $13,415 in 2000)

Morehead city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $184,515 (it was $82,400 in 2000)
Morehead:

$184,515
KY:

$151,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $147,353; detached houses: $169,662; mobile homes: $18,259

Median gross rent in 2019: $553.

March 2019 cost of living index in Morehead: 82.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 31.9%
(34.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.6% for Black residents, 13.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Morehead, KY (2019)
    • 6,86689.3%White alone
    • 2493.2%Black alone
    • 2403.1%Hispanic
    • 1471.9%Asian alone
    • 1251.6%Two or more races
    • 440.6%American Indian alone

Races in Morehead detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Kentucky and other state lists, there were 35 registered sex offenders living in Morehead, Kentucky as of May 08, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Morehead is 219 to 1.


Crime rates in Morehead by year

Type

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(25.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.6)
1
(14.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(13.0)
2
(25.9)
2
(29.0)
2
(28.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.4)
0
(0.0)
7
(98.8)
4
(50.5)
1
(12.7)
5
(64.6)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
9
(116.6)
3
(38.9)
2
(29.0)
1
(14.5)
5
(72.8)
1
(14.4)
2
(28.5)
3
(42.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(25.9)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
3
(38.9)
7
(90.7)
1
(14.5)
1
(14.5)
5
(72.8)
1
(14.4)
3
(42.8)
2
(28.2)
0
(0.0)
3
(38.1)
0
(0.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
36
(466.4)
42
(544.5)
34
(493.3)
19
(274.8)
17
(247.7)
18
(259.6)
22
(313.7)
18
(254.1)
18
(227.4)
15
(190.6)
19
(245.6)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
175
(2,267)
149
(1,932)
156
(2,263)
108
(1,562)
125
(1,821)
127
(1,831)
156
(2,225)
119
(1,680)
126
(1,592)
143
(1,817)
139
(1,797)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
7
(90.7)
11
(142.6)
3
(43.5)
7
(101.2)
6
(87.4)
10
(144.2)
4
(57.0)
2
(28.2)
6
(75.8)
11
(139.8)
8
(103.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(13.0)
1
(13.0)
1
(14.5)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.6)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.3)
3
(42.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index183.7229.2163.4120.2162.7150.5132.6184.6126.1115.0156.8

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Morehead, KY

Crime rate in Morehead detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 29 (20 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.59
Kentucky average:

1.63
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Ancestries: American (31.8%), Irish (15.2%), English (7.2%), German (6.4%), Scottish (2.9%), Arab (2.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 01/26/1869

Elevation: 748 feet

Land area: 9.23 square miles.

Population density: 819 people per square mile   (low).

Morehead, Kentucky map

485 residents are foreign born (2.2% Latin America, 0.9% Europe, 0.8% Asia).

This city:

6.3%
Kentucky:

3.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,474 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,856 (0.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Huntington, WV (56.9 miles , pop. 51,475).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fayette, KY (58.3 miles , pop. 260,512).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (338.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Lakeview Heights, KY (2.0 miles ),
Pine Grove, KY (2.5 miles ),
Farmers, KY (2.5 miles ),
Salt Lick, KY (3.2 miles ),
Upper Tygarts, KY (3.4 miles ),
Hillsboro, KY (3.6 miles ),
Wrigley, KY (3.9 miles ),
Olive Hill, KY (4.1 miles )

Latitude: 38.18 N, Longitude: 83.44 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +5,701 (+74.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,373 (72.0%)

Area code: 606

Distribution of median household income in Morehead, KY in 2019
Distribution of house value in Morehead, KY in 2019
Morehead satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 17 buildings, average cost: $35,900
  • 1998: 17 buildings, average cost: $35,900
  • 1999: 18 buildings, average cost: $35,900
  • 2000: 16 buildings, average cost: $35,900
  • 2001: 17 buildings, average cost: $35,900
  • 2002: 19 buildings, average cost: $35,900
  • 2003: 21 buildings, average cost: $35,900
  • 2004: 7 buildings, average cost: $51,300
  • 2005: 3 buildings, average cost: $90,900
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $87,500
  • 2007: 4 buildings, average cost: $78,500
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $78,500
  • 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $50,000
  • 2013: 2 buildings, average cost: $177,800
  • 2014: 3 buildings, average cost: $163,300
  • 2015: 4 buildings, average cost: $88,000
  • 2016: 9 buildings, average cost: $153,300
  • 2017: 2 buildings, average cost: $222,500
  • 2018: 3 buildings, average cost: $87,700
Number of permits per 10,000 Morehead, KY residents
Average permit cost in Morehead, KY
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.5%
Kentucky:

5.1%
Historical population in Morehead, KY
Historical housing units in Morehead, KY
Most common industries in Morehead, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (31.6%)
  • Health care (10.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.2%)
  • Construction (3.4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (2.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (2.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (22.8%)
  • Health care (7.8%)
  • Construction (6.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.8%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (40.5%)
  • Health care (12.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.5%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.4%)
  • Finance & insurance (2.5%)
  • Gasoline stations (2.4%)
Most common occupations in Morehead, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.2%)
  • Cashiers (5.8%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (5.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (6.6%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.4%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cashiers (8.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.8%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.2%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.2%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.0%)

Average climate in Morehead, Kentucky

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Morehead, Kentucky environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 48.4. This is significantly better than average.

City:

48.4
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 25.0. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 5.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.0
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Morehead-area historical tornado activity is below Kentucky state average. It is 28% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 35.8 miles away from the Morehead city center killed 7 people and injured 28 people.

On 4/23/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 49.8 miles away from the city center killed 7 people and injured 93 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Morehead-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Kentucky state average. It is 37% greater 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 27.3 miles away from Morehead 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 23.9 miles away from Morehead center
On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi) earthquake occurred 300.4 miles away from Morehead center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi) earthquake occurred 175.0 miles away from Morehead 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) earthquake occurred 241.9 miles away from Morehead center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 241.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Rowan County (26) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 22
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 17, Storms: 17, Tornadoes: 9, Mudslides: 6, Winter Storms: 6, Landslides: 3, Winds: 2, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Morehead topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Morehead:

  • ST CLAIRE HOSPICE/PALLIATIVE CARE (304 WEST 2ND STREET)
  • ST CLAIRE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Government - Federal, 222 MEDICAL CIRCLE)
  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF MOREHEAD (933 NORTH TOLLIVER ROAD)
  • FMC - MOREHEAD (250 NORMAN WELLS LANE)
  • ST CLAIRE MEDICAL CENTER HOME HEALTH (222 MEDICAL CIRCLE DRIVE)

Airports and heliports located in Morehead:

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College/University in Morehead:

  • Morehead State University (Full-time enrollment: 7,523; Location: University Blvd; Public; Website: www.moreheadstate.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Morehead:

  • Maysville Community and Technical College (about 37 miles; Maysville, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,969)
  • Shawnee State University (about 45 miles; Portsmouth, OH; FT enrollment: 4,160)
  • Ashland Community and Technical College (about 48 miles; Ashland, KY; FT enrollment: 2,482)
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College (about 50 miles; Prestonsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 2,660)
  • Eastern Kentucky University (about 57 miles; Richmond, KY; FT enrollment: 13,525)
  • Marshall University (about 58 miles; Huntington, WV; FT enrollment: 11,450)
  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College (about 59 miles; Lexington, KY; FT enrollment: 8,560)

Public high schools in Morehead:

  • ROWAN COUNTY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 944, Location: 499 VIKING DRIVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • MOREHEAD YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Location: 495 FOREST HILLS DRIVE, Grades: 7-12)
  • BLUEGRASS DISCOVERY ACADEMY HIGH (Location: 415 WEST SUN ST, Grades: 9-12)

Private high school in Morehead:

  • LAKESIDE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 189, Location: 2535 US HIGHWAY 60 W, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Morehead:

Private elementary/middle school in Morehead:

  • ROWAN COUNTY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 31, Location: 576 SUNSET LN, Grades: PK-4)
See full list of schools located in Morehead

Library in Morehead:

  • ROWAN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $910,975; Location: 185 EAST FIRST STREET; 48,396 books; 3,095 audio materials; 2,465 video materials; 45 local licensed databases; 48 state licensed databases; 195 print serial subscriptions; 10 electronic serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Morehead: Rodburn Hollow Campsite (A), Sadler Tennis Courts (B), United States Forest Service Administration Site (C), Carl D Perkins Center (D), Kentucky Division of Forestry Northeastern District (E), Laughlin Health Building (F), Morehead Fire Department Station 1 (G), Pine Crest Childrens Home (H), Academic-Athletic Center (I), Admissions Center (J), Adron Doran University Center (K), Allie Young Hall (L), Alumni Center (M), Alumni Tower (N), Astrophysical Laboratory (O), Baird Music Hall (P), Baptist Student Union (Q), Breckinridge Hall (R), Butler Hall (S), Button Auditorium (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Fraley Cemetery Two (1), Pine Hill Cemetery (2), Lee Cemetery (3), Pine Hill Cemetery (4), Caudill Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Evans Branch (A), Lee Branch (B), Oxley Branch (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Morehead include: Allen Field (1), Jayne Stadium (2), University Softball Field (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: B & G Grill & Grocery (Amusement & Theme Parks; 6690 US Highway 60 East), Diamond Baseball Tours (Arcades & Amusements; 121 Blackberry Drive), Highlander Outfitters & Guide Service (Tours & Charters; 918 North Willow Drive).

Hotels: Holiday Inn Express Morehead (110 Toms Drive), Ramada Morehead KY (1698 Flemingsburg Road), Mountain Lodge (506 Fraley Dr), Days Inn Morehead (I-64 & Route 32), Quality Inn Morehead (175 Toms Road), Garvin's Country Village (1110 Ky Highway 801 South), Super 8 Morehead KY (602 Frale Drive), Super 8 Motel (602 Fraley Drive), Holiday Inn (1698 Flemingsburg Rd).

Courts: Kentucky Commonwealth - Cabinet For Justice- Court Designated Workers (Courthouse), Kentucky Commonwealth - Administrative Office of the Courts- District Court J (Courthouse), Kentucky Commonwealth - Administrative Office Of The Courts- Circuit Court J (Courthouse), Kentucky Commonwealth - Administrative Office Of The Courts- Circuit Court C (Courthouse).

Birthplace of: Lucille Caudill Little - Kentucky patron of the arts and philanthropist, Bill Sorrell (baseball) - Baseball player, Rocky Adkins - Politician, Sam Holbrook - MLB umpire.

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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Morehead and their reported violations in the past:

ROWAN WATER INC (Population served: 20,412, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JAN-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-19-2009), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-19-2009), St Public Notif received (MAY-28-2009), St Compliance achieved (OCT-26-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2003, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-04-2003), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-04-2003), St Public Notif requested (FEB-25-2004), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-25-2004), St Public Notif received (JUL-06-2004), St Compliance achieved (APR-13-2007)
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
MOREHEAD UTILITY PLANT BOARD (Population served: 9,970, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-10-2009), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-10-2009), St Compliance achieved (MAR-11-2010), St Public Notif received (MAR-15-2010)
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In SEP-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (SEP-13-2009), St Public Notif requested (NOV-10-2009), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-10-2009), St Compliance achieved (DEC-08-2009)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-07-2007), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-07-2007), St Compliance achieved (NOV-09-2007), St Public Notif received (DEC-18-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In DEC-2013, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (DEC-13-2013), St Public Notif requested (FEB-06-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-06-2014), St Compliance achieved (APR-15-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and NOV-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-04-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-04-2014), St Compliance achieved (MAY-09-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and NOV-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-04-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-04-2014), St Compliance achieved (MAY-09-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Filter) - In FEB-2013. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-11-2013), St Formal NOV issued (APR-11-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUN-13-2013)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-07-2011), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-07-2011), St Compliance achieved (SEP-01-2011), St Public Notif received (JUN-14-2012)
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • One other older monitoring violation
MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY (Population served: 6,500, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2011 and DEC-2011, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-30-2012), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-30-2012), St Public Notif received (FEB-27-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2012)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2011 and SEP-2011, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-03-2011), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-03-2011), St Public Notif received (NOV-29-2011), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2012)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2011 and SEP-2011, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-03-2011), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-03-2011), St Public Notif received (NOV-29-2011), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2012)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-09-2011), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-09-2011), St Public Notif received (AUG-30-2011), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2012)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-09-2011), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-09-2011), St Public Notif received (AUG-30-2011), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2012)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2011 and MAR-2011, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-05-2011), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-05-2011), St Public Notif received (JUN-15-2011), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2012)
  • 10 other older health violations
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-08-2008), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-08-2008), St Public Notif received (FEB-08-2008), St Compliance achieved (AUG-07-2008)
  • Treatment Technique Precursor Removal - Between APR-2005 and JUN-2005, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-14-2005), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-14-2005), St Compliance achieved (OCT-10-2005), St Public Notif received (DEC-06-2006)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2005 and JUN-2005, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-29-2005), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-29-2005), St Compliance achieved (JUL-10-2005), St Public Notif received (JUL-12-2006)
  • Treatment Technique Precursor Removal - Between JAN-2005 and MAR-2005, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-25-2005), St Formal NOV issued (APR-25-2005), St Public Notif received (JUL-22-2005), St Compliance achieved (OCT-10-2005)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2004, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-01-2005), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-01-2005), St Compliance achieved (JUN-15-2005), St Public Notif received (JUL-07-2006)
Average household size:
This city:

2.1 people
Kentucky:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

46.7%
Whole state:

66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.3%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Morehead in 2010:

  • 2,164 people in college/university student housing
  • 90 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 83 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 24 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 14 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Morehead in 2000:

  • 1,087 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 117 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 104 people in nursing homes
  • 32 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 32 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 12 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 9 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 3 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 2 people in religious group quarters

Banks with branches in Morehead (2011 data):

  • Whitaker Bank: Morehead Bank Branch at Main Street At Carey Avenue, branch established on 1984/11/19; Northside Branch at 1489 Flemingsburg, branch established on 1999/08/05. Info updated 2008/07/07: Bank assets: $1,497.1 mil, Deposits: $1,225.4 mil, headquarters in Lexington, KY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 39 total offices, Holding Company: Whitaker Bank Corporation Of Kentucky
  • Kentucky Bank: Morehead Downtown Branch at 400 West First Street, branch established on 2008/03/03; Flemingsburg Road Branch at 1500 Flemingsburg Road, branch established on 1926/12/06. Info updated 2007/12/21: Bank assets: $659.7 mil, Deposits: $543.1 mil, headquarters in Paris, KY, positive income, 14 total offices, Holding Company: Kentucky Bancshares, Inc.
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Morehead at 122 East Main Street, branch established on 1907/01/01; Morehead Pine Crest Branch at 120 Pine Crest Road, branch established on 1979/07/23. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • The Citizens Bank: Trademore Branch at Trademore Shopping Center, Route 1, branch established on 1979/05/01; at 114 West Main Street, branch established on 1928/09/28. Info updated 2006/12/20: Bank assets: $117.3 mil, Deposits: $96.7 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: Citizens Bancorp Of Morehead Incorporated, The
  • Woodforest National Bank: Morehead Branch at 200 Walmart Way, branch established on 2008/03/07. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)
  • First Federal Savings and Loan Association: First Federal Savings And Loan Assoc at 211 West Main Street, branch established on 1963/08/12. Info updated 2012/03/02: Bank assets: $37.9 mil, Deposits: $27.7 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 1 total offices
  • The First Commonwealth Bank of Prestonsburg, Inc.: Morehead Lending Center at 1390 Flemingsburg Road, branch established on 2000/07/24. Info updated 2011/05/20: Bank assets: $310.9 mil, Deposits: $226.6 mil, headquarters in Prestonsburg, KY, positive income, 13 total offices, Holding Company: First Prestonsburg Bancshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Morehead:

Marital status in Morehead, KY
  • Never married: 61.4%
  • Now married: 24.7%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 4.8%
  • Divorced: 8.8%

For population 25 years and over in Morehead:

  • High school or higher: 87.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 32.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 19.0%
  • Unemployed: 9.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.8
Kentucky average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Morehead
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Morehead, KY (based on Rowan County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,00428
Mainline Protestant9624
Catholic3651
Other3092
None18,693-
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. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Here:

3.10 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Rowan County:

0.89 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Rowan County:

7.97 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Rowan County:

3.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Rowan County:

9.7%
State:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

34.6%
State:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Rowan County:

16.6%
State:

15.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

50.1%
State:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Morehead:

50.9%
Kentucky:

46.1%

Average BMI:
This city:

27.1
Kentucky:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Morehead:

15.5%
State:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.6%
Kentucky:

10.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
Kentucky:

6.8

Overweight people:
Morehead:

21.8%
Kentucky:

34.0%

General health condition:
Here:

58.9%
State:

56.1%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

86.3%
Kentucky:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Morehead, KY Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2019)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 22$100,142$54,6230$0
Correction 12$41,943$41,9430$0
Streets and Highways 12$41,240$41,2401$2,649
Parks and Recreation 8$25,557$38,3361$1,589
Other and Unallocable 5$21,423$51,4154$2,343
Financial Administration 5$25,844$62,02612$12,226
Solid Waste Management 3$10,862$43,4480$0
Firefighters 1$6,745$80,9401$3,943
Transit 0$0 1$2,970
Judicial and Legal 0$0 1$9,491
Totals for Government 68$273,756$48,31021$35,211

Morehead government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Construction - Parks and Recreation: $626,000 ($82.78)
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $4,071,000 ($538.35)
    Gas Utilities: $3,174,000 ($419.73)
    Water Utilities: $3,111,000 ($411.40)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,829,000 ($241.87)
    Police Protection: $1,622,000 ($214.49)
    Central Staff Services: $1,518,000 ($200.74)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,087,000 ($143.75)
    Regular Highways: $807,000 ($106.72)
    Public Welfare - Other: $398,000 ($52.63)
    Local Fire Protection: $301,000 ($39.80)
    General - Other: $284,000 ($37.56)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $652,000 ($86.22)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Local Fire Protection: $1,162,000 ($153.66)
    Central Staff Services: $1,012,000 ($133.83)
    Parks and Recreation: $406,000 ($53.69)
    Housing and Community Development: $332,000 ($43.90)
    Police Protection: $88,000 ($11.64)
    Regular Highways: $30,000 ($3.97)
    Public Welfare - Other: $20,000 ($2.64)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,798,000 ($634.49)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $260,000 ($34.38)

Morehead government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $3,906,000 ($516.53)
    Other: $747,000 ($98.78)
    Parks and Recreation: $270,000 ($35.70)
    Solid Waste Management: $209,000 ($27.64)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $199,000 ($26.32)
    Highways: $152,000 ($20.10)
    Other: $21,000 ($2.78)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $311,000 ($41.13)
    General Local Government Support: $52,000 ($6.88)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $149,000 ($19.70)
    Interest Earnings: $36,000 ($4.76)
    Fines and Forfeits: $12,000 ($1.59)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $3,749,000 ($495.77)
    Gas Utilities: $3,450,000 ($456.23)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $215,000 ($28.43)
    Highways: $134,000 ($17.72)
    General Local Government Support: $23,000 ($3.04)
  • Tax - Individual Income: $4,332,000 ($572.86)
    Other Selective Sales: $3,140,000 ($415.23)
    Property: $1,316,000 ($174.03)
    Public Utilities Sales: $448,000 ($59.24)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $361,000 ($47.74)
    Insurance Premiums Sales: $228,000 ($30.15)
    Other License: $21,000 ($2.78)

Morehead government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $28,313,000 ($3744.12)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $26,080,000 ($3448.82)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,980,000 ($526.32)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,747,000 ($231.02)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $42,000 ($5.55)
    End of Fiscal Year: $32,000 ($4.23)

Morehead government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,151,000 ($945.65)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,830,000 ($242.00)

7.59% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($32,058 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.59%
Kentucky average:

6.45%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Carter County, KY  0.85% ($28,917 average AGI)
from Fleming County, KY  0.85% ($24,767)
from Morgan County, KY  0.51% ($26,472)
Businesses in Morehead, KY
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1KFC1
Ace Hardware1Kroger1
Advance Auto Parts1Long John Silver's1
Arby's1Lowe's1
AutoZone1McDonald's2
Buffalo Wild Wings1Papa John's Pizza1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
Chick-Fil-A1Quality1
Comfort Inn1RadioShack1
Curves1Rite Aid1
Dairy Queen2SONIC Drive-In1
Days Inn1Sears1
Domino's Pizza1Starbucks1
Fashion Bug1Subway3
FedEx4Super 81
GNC2Taco Bell1
Goodwill4U-Haul2
H&R Block1UPS2
Hardee's1Vans1
Hilton1Walmart1
Holiday Inn1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Morehead:

  • WMOR (1330 AM; daytime; 1 kW; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: MORGAN COUNTY INDUSTRIES, INC.)
  • WLW (700 AM; 50 kW; CINCINNATI, OH; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WTVN (610 AM; 50 kW; COLUMBUS, OH; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WGOH (1370 AM; 5 kW; GRAYSON, KY; Owner: CARTER COUNTY BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSAI (1530 AM; 50 kW; CINCINNATI, OH; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WMTC (730 AM; 5 kW; VANCLEVE, KY; Owner: THE KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN HOLINESS ASSN.)
  • WKYH (600 AM; 5 kW; PAINTSVILLE, KY; Owner: HIGHLANDS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEKG (810 AM; daytime; 5 kW; JACKSON, KY; Owner: INTERMOUNTAIN B/CING CO., INC.)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WLAP (630 AM; 5 kW; LEXINGTON, KY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WVLK (590 AM; 5 kW; LEXINGTON, KY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WVHU (800 AM; 5 kW; HUNTINGTON, WV; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Morehead:

  • WIVY (96.3 FM; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: GATEWAY RADIO WORKS, INC.)
  • WMKY (90.3 FM; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WBMK (88.5 FM; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WQXX (106.1 FM; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: MORGAN COUNTY INDUSTRIES, INC.)
  • WLKS-FM (102.9 FM; WEST LIBERTY, KY; Owner: MORGAN COUNTY INDUSTRIES, INC.)
  • WFLE-FM (95.1 FM; FLEMINGSBURG, KY; Owner: FLEMING COUNTY BROADCASTING CO., INC)
  • WPAY-FM (104.1 FM; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: RADIO STATIONS WPAY/WPFB, INC.)
  • WBVX (92.1 FM; CARLISLE, KY; Owner: L.M. COMMUNICATIONS OF KENTUCKY, LLC)
  • WKCA (107.7 FM; OWINGSVILLE, KY; Owner: GATEWAY RADIO WORKS, INC.)
  • WOSP (91.5 FM; PORTSMOUTH, OH; Owner: THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WSKV-FM (104.9 FM; STANTON, KY; Owner: PARKS BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Morehead:

  • WKMR (Channel 38; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • W07BY (Channel 7; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: MCKINLEY WALKER)
  • W10BM (Channel 10; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: VEARL PENNINGTON)
  • WUPX-TV (Channel 67; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: PAXSON LEXINGTON LICENSE, INC.)
  • W26BK (Channel 26; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W16BI (Channel 16; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WLJC-TV (Channel 65; BEATTYVILLE, KY; Owner: HOUR OF HARVEST, INC.)
Morehead fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Morehead fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 72Number of bridges
  • 535ft / 163mTotal length
  • $9,974,000Total costs
  • 273,788Total average daily traffic
  • 22,507Total average daily truck traffic
  • 233,459Total future (year 2026) average daily traffic
New bridges in Morehead, KY - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 41930-1939
  • 31940-1949
  • 61950-1959
  • 161960-1969
  • 71970-1979
  • 121980-1989
  • 101990-1999
  • 112000-2009
  • 32010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Morehead, KY
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Morehead)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 97 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Morehead, KY)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 34 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 26 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 107 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Morehead)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 24 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Morehead)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 56. The highest number of fire incidents - 117 took place in 2010, and the least - 13 in 2005. The data has a constant trend.
    Fire incident types in Morehead, KY When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (38.7%), and Outside Fires (36.3%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Morehead, KY
    • 36838.7%Structure Fires
    • 34636.3%Outside Fires
    • 19220.2%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 464.8%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Morehead, KY

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Morehead, Kentucky:

  • Days Inn, 170 Toms Dr, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 , Phone: (606) 784-2220, Fax: (606) 784-2220
  • Knights Inn, 1698 Flemingsburg Rd, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 , Phone: (606) 784-7591, Fax: (606) 780-1859
  • Mountain Lodge, 205 Fraley Dr, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 , Phone: (606) 783-1555
  • Super 8 Motel, 602 Fraley Dr, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 , Phone: (606) 784-8882, Fax: (606) 784-9882
  • Cave Run Lodging, 1190 Ky Hwy 801 S, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 , Phone: (606) 784-5927
  • Best Western Eagles Inn, 110 Toms Dr, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 , Phone: (606) 784-5796, Fax: (606) 784-4579
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 2650 Ky 801 N, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 , Phone: (606) 780-7378, Fax: (606) 780-4422
  • Best Western Plaza Inn, 250 Tom's Dr, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 , Phone: (606) 784-2220, Fax: (606) 784-2220
  • 3 other hotels and motels
All 11 fire-safe hotels and motels in Morehead, Kentucky
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Morehead, KY
  • 67.3%Utility gas
  • 26.0%Electricity
  • 6.7%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Morehead, KY
  • 62.8%Electricity
  • 31.7%Utility gas
  • 2.6%Wood
  • 2.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.7%Coal or coke


Morehead compared to Kentucky state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Morehead on our top lists:

  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: retail trade (population 5,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes for the physically handicapped (population 1,000+)"
  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest cost per building permit(population 5,000+)"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in training schools for juvenile delinquents (population 1,000+)"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 cities where the highest percentage of females (15+ years) which never married (with at least 1,000 females in this group)"
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