Links to Additional Data Sites
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 sites are specific to Kentucky while other are national sources containing county data for any state (including Kentucky).
For more information on how to define rural, visit the Rural Classifications page at the USDA Economic Research Service website: https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/rural-economy-population/rural-classifications/
Kentucky: By The Numbers
Kentucky State Data Center
American Community Survey, population projections, data for Area Development Districts.
Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYStats)
Kentucky data include workforce development, career/college readiness, graduation rates, and post-secondary attendance.
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Community data, industrial site and building information for cities and counties. Click on "Community Profiles"
Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (University of Kentucky)
Provides economic data for Kentucky counties by different themes.
U.S. Census Bureau
Access to data produced by the Census Bureau including American Community Survey, annual population estimates, and the 2010 Census.
Kids Count Data Center
Data on indicators of youth well-being including economic, education, and social data.
Kentucky Kids Count Databook: https://kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/
Official Unemployment Rates
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly and annual unemployment rates for multiple geographies including counties.
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.
CDC Diabetes and Obesity Maps
Contains maps with data on diabetes and obesity.
USDA/ERS Atlas of Rural and Small Town America
Interactive mapping program with county level demographic, county classifications and other data.
USDA/ERS Food Access Research Atlas
Interactive mapping website on food access indicators for low-income and other census tracts using different measures
USDA/ERS Food Environment Atlas
Interactive mapping website on food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics
Employment and Income
Data on the geographic distribution of U.S. economic activity and growth from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
County Business Patterns
An annual series that provides subnational economic data including number of establishments and employment and payroll.
Additional data are available at: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/cbp/data.html
Other Useful Websites
For information on how to define rural areas, visit the Rural Classifications page at the USDA Economic Research Service.
The Child Trends provides national overviews of issues facing children in the United States.
The Daily Yonder: Keep it Rural
Includes national analyses of county level data on contemporary issues in the news.
The Population Reference Bureau has a series of resources that explain key concepts in demography and provide real world examples of their impacts.