Simpson County

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At the Kentucky-Tennessee border, 40 minutes from Nashville by direct access to I-65, Simpson County is the perfect location for nationally-known companies such as Berry Plastics, QuadGraphics, HARMAN, and Toyo Automotive Parts (USA) Inc.  With an historic town square, summer concert series and 400 hotel rooms along I-65, Franklin offers visitors and residents alike the perfect combination of comfort and convenience.

Simpson’s residents appreciate amenities like Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Franklin campus and the Kentucky Downs racetrack.  Businesses considering expanding or locating in Simpson 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 18,886
Population Annual Average Growth2 213
Median Age3 39.3
Under 18 Years 4,268
18 to 24 Years 1,387
25 to 34 Years 2,082
35 to 44 Years 2,295
45 to 54 Years 2,649
55 to 64 Years 2,175
65 to 74 Years 1,427
75 Years, and Over 1,044
Race:  White 15,118
Race:  Black or African American 1,625
Race:  American Indian and Alaska Native 41
Race: Asian 114
Race:  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 4
Race:  Some Other Race 110
Race: Two or More Races 315
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 325
Armed Forces Labor Force4 7
Veterans, Age 18-644 685
Median Household Income3,4 $39,546
Poverty Level (of all people)4 3,443
Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 21.5
Commute via Public Transportation4
Union Membership5
Total Housing Units4 7,472
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $115,200
Homeowner Vacancy4 90
Rental Vacancy4 243
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 2,280
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 365
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,232
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 3,883
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 2,039
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 480
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,086
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 454
Enrolled in Grade 124 223
Disabled, Age 18-644 1,396
Foreign Born4 264
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 71

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

  Simpson County Kentucky
Population 18,886 4,395,295
Labor Force 8,334 1,993,607
Unemployment Rate 4.9% 6.0%