Butler County

Riverside drive

With easy access to I-65 via the four-lane Natcher Parkway, Butler County is home to several medium-sized manufacturing enterprises including Delta Faucet, Corvac Composites, Aleris International, Blackhawk Composites, CASCO Products Corporation and ARC Automotive. Set along Kentucky’s picturesque Green River, historic Morgantown is known as the “Catfish Capital of the World” and draws thousands each summer to its famous catfish festival.

With nearly 13,000 residents, Butler County is rich in Civil War history and continues to operate two of Kentucky’s seven river ferry boats, Reed’s Ferry and Rochester Ferry.  Businesses considering expanding or locating in Butler County are served by South Central Kentucky and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

Population2 12,938
Population Annual Average Growth2 4
Median Age3 40.1
Under 18 Years 2,926
18 to 24 Years 1,036
25 to 34 Years 1,575
35 to 44 Years 1,610
45 to 54 Years 1,917
55 to 64 Years 1,621
65 to 74 Years 1,164
75 Years, and Over 841
Race:  White 12,303
Race:  Black or African American 48
Race:  American Indian and Alaska Native 36
Race: Asian 20
Race:  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0
Race:  Some Other Race 168
Race: Two or More Races 115
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 322
Armed Forces Labor Force4 0
Veterans, Age 18-644 363
Median Household Income3,4 $33,536
Poverty Level (of all people)4


Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 27
Commute via Public Transportation4 6
Union Membership5
Total Housing Units4 5,861
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $90,800
Homeowner Vacancy4 88
Rental Vacancy4 49
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 1,377
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 453
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,148
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 3,109
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,148
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 666
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 352
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 349
Enrolled in Grade 124 209
Disabled, Age 18-644 1,384
Foreign Born4 163
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 293

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,, and Chmura. 

Workforce Characteristics


  Butler County Kentucky
Population 12,938 4,425,092
Labor Force 5,330 2,077,060
Unemployment Rate 4.9% 4.7%

 April 2017