Barren County

Window of Opportunity

Half-way between Louisville and Nashville with four-lane access to I-65, Barren County’s rolling hills are home to a diverse crop of major industries including RR Donnely, Dana Corporation, Nemak, and Akebono Brake.  Historic Glasgow was established in the late 1700s by Scottish immigrants, whose traditions delight new visitors and honor generations of families each May at the Glasgow Highland Games.

Barren County’s 42,000 residents enjoy close proximity to Mammoth Cave National Park, America’s second-oldest national park resort, whose 400-mile stretch of caverns is the longest in the world.  Businesses considering expanding or locating in Barren County are served by a professionally-run Industrial Development Authority in addition to the resources provided by South Central Kentucky and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

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Population2 43,570
Population Annual Average Growth2 386
Median Age3 39.7
Under 18 Years 10,216
18 to 24 Years 3,239
25 to 34 Years 5,038
35 to 44 Years 5,584
45 to 54 Years 6,329
55 to 64 Years 5,267
65 to 74 Years 3,543
75 Years, and Over 2,957
Race:  White 38,997
Race:  Black or African American 1,630
Race:  American Indian and Alaska Native 89
Race: Asian 183
Race:  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 33
Race:  Some Other Race 544
Race: Two or More Races 697
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 1,110
Armed Forces Labor Force4 68
Veterans, Age 18-644 1,212
Median Household Income3,4 $38,873
Poverty Level (of all people)4 8,636
Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 20.2
Commute via Public Transportation4 16
Union Membership5
Total Housing Units4 19,224
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $105,400
Homeowner Vacancy4 93
Rental Vacancy4 391
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 5,273
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 1,093
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 3,253
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 9,323
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 4,205
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,770
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 2,197
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,432
Enrolled in Grade 124 536
Disabled, Age 18-644 4,726
Foreign Born4 680
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 408

Source: JobsEQ® 04/2015  1. Census 2010, unless noted otherwise  2. Census 2013, annual average growth rate since 2003  3. Median values for certain aggregate regions (such as MSAs) may be estimated as the weighted averages of the median values from the composing counties.  4. ACS 2008-2013; Current Population Survey,, and Chmura. 

Workforce Characteristics

  Barren County Kentucky
Population 43,570 4,395,295
Labor Force 18,153 1,993,607
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 6.0%