Cities & States

Jefferson County
Population: 755,809
Fayette County
Population: 308,306
Kenton County
Population: 163,007
Boone County
Population: 124,617
Warren County
Population: 118,950
Hardin County
Population: 107,529
Daviess County
Population: 98,173
Campbell County
Population: 91,475
Madison County
Population: 85,838
Bullitt County
Population: 76,961


State of Kentucky Demographics

Located in the Southeast region of the U.S., the Bluegrass State is known for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, automobile manufacturing, and tobacco. Between 2012 and 2022, total employment is projected to increase 11.6%, with healthcare support occupations, community and social services occupations, and healthcare practitioners and technical occupations to be the fastest growing occupational groups. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by health care and social assistance; retail trade; manufacturing; and accommodation and food services, respectively.

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Kentucky for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Kentucky had a very strong 2.95 percent increase in its civilian labor force, as well as a 1.4 percent increase in the labor force participation rate. The unemployment rate increased 0.4 percent to 5.4 percent, which could reflect some slack as people re-enter the workforce; notably, Kentucky’s labor force participation rate is pretty low, at 59.2 percent. You can view what jobs are available in Kentucky, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

Kentucky demographics

View more Kentucky demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Kentucky below. More employment information for the State of Kentucky and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

The largest employers in the state (as of June 2014) include United Parcel Service, Inc., Toyota Motor Corp., Humana Inc., Ford Motor Co., General Electric Co.,, Fidelity Investments (FMR LLC), Xerox Corp., Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., and Citigroup. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
7.33% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Kentucky

Directory of Counties in Kentucky

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