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Monroe County

The heart of Southern Kentucky

Nestled close to the Kentucky-Tennessee border and an hour’s drive east from Bowling Green is Monroe County. Situated in the Cumberland hills region of South Central Kentucky, the Cumberland River winds its way through Monroe County towards Nashville.  Homegrown industries like Roy Anderson Lumber, Anderson Forest Products, and Stephens Manufacturing capitalize on a solid work ethic.

Monroe County’s 10,000 residents enjoy fishing the Barren and Cumberland rivers as well as hunting, camping and golfing.  Businesses considering expanding or locating in Monroe County are served by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

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Demographics
Population2 10,667
Population Annual Average Growth2 14
Median Age3 42.1
Under 18 Years 2,546
18 to 24 Years 803
25 to 34 Years 1,194
35 to 44 Years 1,376
45 to 54 Years 1,676
55 to 64 Years 1,488
65 to 74 Years 1,113
75 Years, and Over 767
Race:  White 10,431
Race:  Black or African American 231
Race:  American Indian and Alaska Native 12
Race: Asian 8
Race:  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1
Race:  Some Other Race 158
Race: Two or More Races 122
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 289
Economic
Armed Forces Labor Force4 21
Veterans, Age 18-644 371
Median Household Income3,4 $29,808
Poverty Level (of all people)4 2,699
Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 21.7
Commute via Public Transportation4 23
Union Membership5
Housing
Total Housing Units4 5,204
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $72,300
Homeowner Vacancy4 26
Rental Vacancy4 62
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 1,153
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 445
Social
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,128
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 2,520
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 818
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 408
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 574
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 208
Enrolled in Grade 124 86
Disabled, Age 18-644 1,385
Foreign Born4 207
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 186

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, unionstats.com, and Chmura. 

Workforce Characteristics

  Monroe County Kentucky
Population 10,667 4,395,295
Labor Force 4,468 1,993,607
Unemployment Rate 4.9% 6.0%