Hart County

Unparalleled access

As I-65 traverses Hart County between Horse Cave and Munfordville to Bonnieville, top-name industries like Dart Container, T. Marzetti and Hollander Sleep Products take advantage of Hart County’s unparalleled access to global markets.  With all the recreational amenities of Mammoth Cave National Park close-by, and minutes from the cultural highlights of Bowling Green, Hart County’s economy benefits from 2 million tourist visits each year.

Hart County’s 18,000 residents live, work and play among rolling hills and along wide stretches of the Green River, where key battles in the Civil War were fought. Businesses considering expanding or locating in Hart County are served by a professionally-run Industrial Development Authority in addition to the resources provided by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

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Population2 18,454
Population Annual Average Growth2 41
Median Age3 40.1
Under 18 Years 4,545
18 to 24 Years 1,492
25 to 34 Years 1,958
35 to 44 Years 2,298
45 to 54 Years 2,829
55 to 64 Years 2,364
65 to 74 Years 1,600
75 Years, and Over 1,113
Race:  White 16,906
Race:  Black or African American 885
Race:  American Indian and Alaska Native 31
Race: Asian 36
Race:  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1
Race:  Some Other Race 110
Race: Two or More Races 230
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 261
Armed Forces Labor Force4
Veterans, Age 18-644 621
Median Household Income3,4 $34,774
Poverty Level (of all people)4 4,507
Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 28.2
Commute via Public Transportation4 20
Union Membership5
Total Housing Units4 8,710
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $83,600
Homeowner Vacancy4 52
Rental Vacancy4 75
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 2,021
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 866
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 2,057
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 4,175
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,581
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 652
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 620
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 445
Enrolled in Grade 124 341
Disabled, Age 18-644 2,363
Foreign Born4 189
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 392

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

  Hart County Kentucky
Population 18,454 4,425,092
Labor Force 8,494 2,077,060
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 4.7%

 April 2017