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 325
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 34
Veterans, Age 18-644 1,338
Median Household Income3,4 $38,370
Poverty Level (of all people)4 8,598
Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 20.7
Commute via Public Transportation4 59
Union Membership5
Total Housing Units4 19,372
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $105,800
Homeowner Vacancy4 242
Rental Vacancy4 371
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 5,225
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 1,066
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 2,973
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 9,445
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 4,171
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,810
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 2,218
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,567
Enrolled in Grade 124 514
Disabled, Age 18-644 4,682
Foreign Born4 752
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 526

Source: JobsEQ® 04/2015  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,, and Chmura. 

Workforce Characteristics

  Barren County Kentucky
Population 43,993 4,425,092
Labor Force 20,209 2,077,060
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.7%

 April 2017