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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 -76
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 29
Veterans, Age 18-644 335
Median Household Income3,4 $31,045
Poverty Level (of all people)4 2,937
Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 23.8
Commute via Public Transportation4 23
Union Membership5
Housing
Total Housing Units4 5,208
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $70,600
Homeowner Vacancy4 34
Rental Vacancy4 71
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 1,211
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 427
Social
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,170
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 2,231
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 840
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 380
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 546
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 296
Enrolled in Grade 124 111
Disabled, Age 18-644 1,444
Foreign Born4 231
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 137

Source: JobsEQ® 03/2017  1. Census 2010, unless noted otherwise  2. Census 2015, annual average growth rate since 2005  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 2011-2015; Current Population Survey, unionstats.com, and Chmura.

Workforce Characteristics

  Monroe County Kentucky
Population 10,667 4,425,092
Labor Force 4,468 1,929,451
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 5.5%

 February 2017