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 a 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 18,006
Population Annual Average Growth2 101
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 9
Veterans, Age 18-644 594
Median Household Income3,4 $39,679
Poverty Level (of all people)4 3,473
Mean Commute Time (minutes)4 21.6
Commute via Public Transportation4 14
Union Membership5
Total Housing Units4 7,531
Median House Value (of owner-occupied units)3,4 $116,800
Homeowner Vacancy4 136
Rental Vacancy4 234
Renter-Occupied Housing Units4 2,522
Occupied Housing Units with No Vehicle Available4 413
No High School Diploma (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,104
High School Graduate (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 4,099
Some College, No Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 2,092
Associate's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 556
Bachelor's Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 1,131
Postgraduate Degree (educational attainment, age 25-64)4 397
Enrolled in Grade 124 244
Disabled, Age 18-644 1,344
Foreign Born4 213
Speak English Less Than Very Well (population 5 yrs and over)4 62

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

  Simpson County Kentucky
Population 18,006 4,425,092
Labor Force 8,094 2,077,060
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 4.7%

 April  2017