Water Valley, Kentucky

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Population in 2014: 283 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -10.4%
 
Males: 173  (61.4%)
Females: 110  (38.6%)
Median resident age:

73.8 years
Kentucky median age:

39.4 years

Zip codes: 42085.

Estimated median household income in 2022: $79,260 (it was $26,071 in 2000)
Water Valley:

$79,260
KY:

$59,341

Estimated per capita income in 2022: $51,134 (it was $14,387 in 2000)

Water Valley city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2022: $142,844 (it was $40,000 in 2000)
Water Valley:

$142,844
KY:

$196,300

Mean prices in 2022: all housing units: $133,867; detached houses: $133,865
March 2022 cost of living index in Water Valley: 78.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2022: 0.0%

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According to our research of Kentucky and other state lists, there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Water Valley, Kentucky as of June 20, 2024.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Water Valley is 64 to 1.


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Ancestries: American (25.7%), English (12.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/19/1884

Elevation: 387 feet

Land area: 0.62 square miles.

Population density: 455 people per square mile   (low).

Water Valley, Kentucky map

7 residents are foreign born (8.0% Asia).

This city:

8.0%
Kentucky:

4.1%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Water Valley city:

0.5% ($199)
Kentucky:

0.8% ($610)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Jackson, TN (64.6 miles , pop. 59,643).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Metropolitan Government, TN (117.4 miles , pop. 569,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (369.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Fulton, KY (2.3 miles ),
South Fulton, TN (2.5 miles ),
Wingo, KY (2.6 miles ),
Chestnut Glade-Dukedom, TN (3.1 miles ),
Pryorsburg, KY (3.1 miles ),
Clinton, KY (3.5 miles ),
Cayce, KY (3.5 miles),
Fancy Farm, KY (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 36.57 N, Longitude: 88.81 W

Area code: 270

Distribution of median household income in Water Valley, KY in 2022
Distribution of house value in Water Valley, KY in 2022
Water Valley satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in December 2023:
Here:

3.7%
Kentucky:

3.8%
Most common industries in Water Valley, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (12.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.4%)
  • Apparel (7.8%)
  • Food (6.1%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (5.2%)
  • Educational services (5.2%)
  • Truck transportation (4.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Food (9.1%)
  • Truck transportation (9.1%)
  • Machinery (7.3%)
  • Health care (7.3%)
  • Construction (5.5%)
  • Machinery, equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (5.5%)
  • Apparel (5.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (16.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (16.7%)
  • Apparel (10.0%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (6.7%)
  • Transportation equipment (6.7%)
  • Educational services (6.7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (5.0%)
Most common occupations in Water Valley, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (14.8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (8.7%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.1%)
  • Cashiers (4.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (18.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (12.7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (9.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5.5%)
  • Registered nurses (3.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (16.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (11.7%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (10.0%)
  • Cashiers (8.3%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6.7%)
  • Entertainers and performers, sports, and related workers (5.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.3%)

Average climate in Water Valley, Kentucky

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Water Valley-area historical tornado activity is above Kentucky state average. It is 84% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/4/1964, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 22.1 miles away from the Water Valley city center killed 3 people and injured 24 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/3/1968, a category F4 tornado 28.7 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 30 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Water Valley-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Kentucky state average. It is 343% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 139.9 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 56.2 miles away from Water Valley center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 57.7 miles away from Water Valley center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 139.9 miles away from Water Valley center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 106.4 miles away from Water Valley center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 113.5 miles away from Water Valley 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 Graves County (12) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Water Valley topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Water Valley:

  • HAWS MEMORIAL NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; FULTON, KY)
  • REGIONAL HOME CARE PARKWAY (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; FULTON, KY)
  • PARKWAY REGIONAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 7 miles away; FULTON, KY)
  • CLINTON-HICKMAN CO HOSP (Hospital, about 13 miles away; CLINTON, KY)
  • CLINTON-HICKMAN COUNTY NURSING FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; CLINTON, KY)
  • ARBOR PLACE OF CLINTON (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; CLINTON, KY)
  • BIRCHTREE HEALTHCARE (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; CLINTON, KY)

Amtrak station near Water Valley:

  • 6 miles: FULTON (HWY. 51 NORTH) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Water Valley:

  • The University of Tennessee-Martin (about 16 miles; Martin, TN; Full-time enrollment: 7,013)
  • Murray State University (about 28 miles; Murray, KY; FT enrollment: 8,930)
  • Bethel University (about 34 miles; McKenzie, TN; FT enrollment: 5,878)
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 35 miles; Paducah, KY; FT enrollment: 4,107)
  • Dyersburg State Community College (about 49 miles; Dyersburg, TN; FT enrollment: 2,211)
  • Union University (about 62 miles; Jackson, TN; FT enrollment: 4,051)
  • Jackson State Community College (about 64 miles; Jackson, TN; FT enrollment: 2,958)

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Graves County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
Kentucky:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

63.2%
Whole state:

66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.7%
Whole state:

6.4%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Water Valley:

Marital status in Water Valley, KY
  • Never married: 0.0%
  • Now married: 51.1%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 11.4%
  • Divorced: 37.4%

For population 25 years and over in Water Valley:

  • High school or higher: 77.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 6.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 9.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2022
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2022
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

18.4
Kentucky average:

11.7

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Water Valley, KY (based on Graves County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant22,54384
Mainline Protestant2,40318
Catholic2,1962
Black Protestant6786
Other3313
None8,970-
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: 5
This county:

1.33 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Graves County:

0.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 15
Here:

4.00 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 22
This county:

5.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

11.0%
State:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

32.1%
Kentucky:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

17.3%
Kentucky:

15.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

51.3%
State:

49.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

51.5%
State:

47.0%

Average BMI:
Water Valley:

29.0
Kentucky:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Water Valley:

19.9%
State:

21.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Water Valley:

10.6%
Kentucky:

10.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
Kentucky:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

42.7%
State:

33.8%

General health condition:
This city:

57.3%
Kentucky:

56.8%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

80.1%
Kentucky:

78.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Water Valley, KY Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 0$0

Strongest AM radio stations in Water Valley:

  • WKZT (1270 AM; 1 kW; FULTON, KY; Owner: RIVER COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WPAD (1560 AM; 10 kW; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WCRV (640 AM; 50 kW; COLLIERVILLE, TN; Owner: BOTT BROADCASTING COMPANY/TENNESSEE)
  • WMUF (1000 AM; daytime; 5 kW; PARIS, TN; Owner: BENTON-WEATHERFORD B/CTING OF TN,INC)
  • WDIA (1070 AM; 50 kW; MEMPHIS, TN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGSF (1030 AM; 50 kW; MEMPHIS, TN; Owner: FLINN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCBL (1290 AM; 5 kW; BENTON, KY; Owner: JIM W. FREELAND)
  • WKDA (1200 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: RADIO NASHVILLE, INC.)
  • WNQM (1300 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: WNQM. INC.)
  • WENK (1240 AM; 1 kW; UNION CITY, TN; Owner: WENK OF UNION CITY, INC.)
  • WAMB (1160 AM; 50 kW; DONELSON, TN; Owner: GREAT SOUTHERN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WRKY (1130 AM; 2 kW; MURRAY, KY; Owner: FOREVER COMMUNICATIONS INC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Water Valley:

  • WKBG (102.1 FM; CLINTON, KY; Owner: FOREVER COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • WYVY (104.9 FM; UNION CITY, TN; Owner: TWIN STATES BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWKF (99.3 FM; FULTON, KY; Owner: WENK OF UNION CITY, INC.)
  • WLLE (94.7 FM; MAYFIELD, KY; Owner: FOREVER COMMUNICATIONS KY, LLC)
  • WCMT-FM (101.7 FM; MARTIN, TN; Owner: THUNDERBOLT BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFGE (103.7 FM; MURRAY, KY; Owner: FOREVER COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • WKYQ (93.3 FM; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WKMS-FM (91.3 FM; MURRAY, KY; Owner: MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WQAK (105.7 FM; UNION CITY, TN; Owner: TWIN STATES BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WDDJ (96.9 FM; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WBEL (88.5 FM; CAIRO, IL; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WCDZ (95.1 FM; DRESDEN, TN; Owner: THUNDERBOLT BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Water Valley:

  • WKMU (Channel 21; MURRAY, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WDKA (Channel 49; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WDKA ACQUISITION CORPORATION)
  • WPSD-TV (Channel 6; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WPSD-TV, LLC)
  • WUWT-CA (Channel 9; UNION CITY, TN; Owner: JOSEPH H. HARPOLE, SR.)
  • WQTV-LP (Channel 24; MURRAY, KY; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)

Water Valley fatal accident list:

Dec 28, 2018 01:46 AM, Us-45, Lat: 36.562558, Lon: -88.814014, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Jun 24, 2011 11:12 PM, Us-45, Lat: 36.569458, Lon: -88.807856, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Feb 8, 1993 08:58 AM, 45, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Jun 9, 1983 12:10 AM, 1283, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 37Number of bridges
  • 318ft / 97.0mTotal length
  • $906,000Total costs
  • 45,137Total average daily traffic
  • 6,760Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Water Valley, KY - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31920-1929
  • 41950-1959
  • 141960-1969
  • 21970-1979
  • 61980-1989
  • 51990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 22010-2019
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Water Valley, KY

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

3
  • Mitzi C Walker, 210 John Road (Lat: 36.569444 Lon: -88.837028), Type: 100.6, Overall height: 100.6 m, Registrant: Corlease, LLC, Mitzi@worldtower.Com, , Mayfi-eld, Phone: (270) 247-5999

  • Mitzi C Walker, 210 John Road (Lat: 36.569444 Lon: -88.837028), Type: 100.6, Overall height: 100.6 m, Registrant: Corlease, LLC, Mitzi@worldtower.Com, , Mayfi-eld, Phone: (270) 247-5999

  • Edward G Roach, 210 John Road (Lat: 36.569444 Lon: -88.837028), Type: 100.6, Overall height: 100.6 m, Registrant: Corlease, LLC, Mitzi@worldtower.Com, , Mayfi-eld, Phone: (270) 247-5999


FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • WATER VALLEY LINK, Hwy 1529, 0.2 Miles East Hwy 45 (Lat: 36.563917 Lon: -88.819111), Type: Silo, Structure height: 20 m, Overall height: 30 m, Call Sign: WQST898,
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.902 MHz, 458.662 MHz, Grant Date: 12/19/2023, Expiration Date: 11/14/2033, Certifier: Tony Smith, Registrant: Jennings Communications And Consulting, LLC, 1108 Main St, Murray, KY 42071, Phone: (270) 759-9600, Fax: (270) 767-1800, Email:


FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: KK4JTM, Licensee ID: L01715317, Grant Date: 06/07/2012, Expiration Date: 06/07/2022, Cancellation Date: 03/05/2013, Certifier: Charles T Carr, Registrant: Charles T Carr, 1083 Pea Ridge Rd, Water Valley, KY 42085

  • Call Sign: W4TZX, Previous Call Sign: KK4JTM, Licensee ID: L01715317, Grant Date: 02/22/2023, Expiration Date: 03/05/2033, Certifier: Charles T Carr, Registrant: Charles T Carr, 1083 Pea Ridge Rd, Water Valley, KY 42085

  • Call Sign: KM4WXG, Licensee ID: L02053251, Grant Date: 09/23/2016, Expiration Date: 09/23/2026, Certifier: Ronald Wilson, Registrant: Ronald Wilson, 6788 State Hwy 94w, Water Valley, KY 42085

  • Call Sign: KQ4JIE, Licensee ID: L01635775, Grant Date: 06/27/2023, Expiration Date: 06/27/2033, Certifier: Robert E Goodman, Registrant: Robert E Goodman, 756 Kingston Rd, Water Valley, KY 42085


2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 10. The highest number of reported fires - 20 took place in 2005, and the least - 0 in 2004. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Water Valley, KY When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (40.5%), and Outside Fires (36.9%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Water Valley, KY
    • 6840.5%Structure Fires
    • 6236.9%Outside Fires
    • 3219.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 63.6%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Water Valley, KY
Most common first names in Water Valley, KY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James1772.7 years
William1577.7 years
John1577.7 years
Mary1281.2 years
Thomas779.5 years
Robert678.5 years
George677.8 years
Pauline582.4 years
Edward575.2 years
Carl578.8 years
Most common last names in Water Valley, KY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Yates2079.8 years
Stephens1077.3 years
Williams981.0 years
Hicks971.9 years
Bennett872.9 years
Coltharp879.7 years
Morris879.3 years
Wilson778.8 years
Taylor779.4 years
Rhodes779.3 years
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Water Valley, KY
  • 63.5%Utility gas
  • 36.5%Electricity


Water Valley compared to Kentucky state average:

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