Metcalfe County

Humming with excitement

Nationally-known brands like Carhartt and Clorox make Metcalfe County hum with excitement.  With four-lane access to I-65 via Kentucky’s Cumberland Parkway, the Metcalfe County seat in Edmonton is known for its bluegrass music festival and a refreshing quality of life.  The state’s blueberry growers association is based here, where the Kentucky Headhunters’ Grammy-winning sound originated.

Metcalfe County’s 10,000 residents enjoy an unbeatably high quality of life at a modest pace and low cost, all with easy access to Louisville, Nashville and Bowling Green.  Businesses considering expanding or locating in Metcalfe County are served by the professional resources provided by South Central Kentucky and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.


Population2 9,909
Population Annual Average Growth2 -74
Median Age3 40.7
Under 18 Years 2,419
18 to 24 Years 836
25 to 34 Years 1,090
35 to 44 Years 1,298
45 to 54 Years 1,530
55 to 64 Years 1,282
65 to 74 Years 929
75 Years, and Over 715
Race:  White 9,774
Race:  Black or African American 154
Race:  American Indian and Alaska Native 14
Race: Asian 14
Race:  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0
Race:  Some Other Race 52
Race: Two or More Races 91
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 115
Armed Forces Labor Force4
Veterans, Age 18-644 267
Median Household Income3,4 $31,750
Poverty Level (of all people)4 1,979
Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 22.7
Commute via Public Transportation4 0
Union Membership5
Total Housing Units4 4,665
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $78,800
Homeowner Vacancy4 16
Rental Vacancy4 35
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 853
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 239
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,202
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 2,467
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 794
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 252
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 319
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 159
Enrolled in Grade 124 87
Disabled, Age 18-644 1,083
Foreign Born4 62
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 25

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

  Metcalfe County Kentucky
Population 9,909 4,395,295
Labor Force 4,049 1,993,607
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 6.0%