In addition to the “Kentucky: By the Numbers” data series, below is a list of website to help those interested in finding data on the internet.

The links below expand on the list found in By the Numbers: Finding and Using Data from the Internet.

Each source is a websites that contains county data.  Some are specific to Kentucky while other are national sources containing county data for any state.

For more information on how to define rural, visit the Rural Classifications page at the USDA Economic Research Service -

Kentucky Websites

Kentucky: By the Numbers

Kentucky: By the Numbers Data Series” as well as publications and resources for finding and using data.


Building Strong Families for Kentucky county profiles

Themes vary by year. Produced by Family and Consumer Sciences Extension. Recent themes include housing, health, and food.


Kentucky State Data Center

American Community Survey, population projections, data for Area Development Districts.


Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (Formerly KCEWS)

(KCEWS) Kentucky data include career/college readiness, graduation rates, and post-secondary attendance. Click on “reports” to find county profiles.

KYLMI – Kentucky Labor Market Information

Labor force data, wage data, industry data, unemployment rates, etc. Scroll to the bottom and click on “county profiles”


Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Community data, industrial site and building information for cities and counties. Click on “KY Facts.” To find your county, click on "Community."


Kentucky Health Facts 

County data profiles contain many health and social indicators.
(1997-2004 profiles available at:


Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (University of Kentucky)

Economic development data by theme.

National Websites 

Access to data produced by the Census Bureau including American Community Survey, annual population estimates, and the 2010 Census. 


Kids Count Data Center

Kentucky Kids Count Databook:
Data on indicators of youth well-being including economic, education, and social data. 


Official Unemployment Rates

The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces monthly and annual unemployment rates.


Official Poverty Estimates

Official county estimates of individuals living in poverty, children in poverty, and median household income.


Census of Agriculture

Use “Find Data” and “State and County” to access pdf files. 


County Diabetes Atlas

Contains data on diabetes and related risk factors. To view a map with county data, first "select State."


Food Atlas  

The Food Environment and Food Access Atlases provide data through mapping websites.


Employment and Income

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. To find county data, click on “State and Local Area Personal Income and Employment.”


County Business Patterns

Data on businesses by type for states, counties, and zip codes.
Available on American FactFinder:   


USDA Atlas of Rural and Small Town America 

Info available: Compilation of federal data sources.

 Other Useful Websites

Defining Rural 

For information on how to define rural areas, visit the Rural Classifications page at the USDA Economic Research Service.


Child Trends Databank

The Child Trends Databank provides national overviews of issues facing children in the United States.


Southern Rural Development Center Data Center

Access data for states in the Southern Region


The Daily Yonder: Keep it Rural

Includes national analyses of county level data on contemporary issues in the news.


"Distilled Demographics"

The Population Reference Bureau has a series of short videos that explain key concepts in demography and provide real world examples of their impacts.