Ballard County Demographics

Ballard County Demographics By The Numbers

Total Population


Poverty Rate

Median Age

Number of Employees in County

Median Household Income

Median Property Value

The Economy

When you think about Ballard County demographics you naturally consider the  economy. Ballard County, KY employs 3,427 people. The economy of Ballard County, KY is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Manufacturing; and Construction, which employ respectively 2.55; 1.44; and 1.32 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Ballard County, KY are Manufacturing (512), Retail trade (506), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (452), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($93,977), Utilities ($51,000), and Educational Services ($41,094).

Median household income in Ballard County, KY is $43,923. Males in Ballard County, KY have an average income that is 1.5 times higher than the average income of females, which is $37,499. The income inequality of Ballard County, KY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.495 which is higher than the national average.

Ballard County Population

Ballard County, Kentucky is rural community located just outside the borders of Paducah / McCracken County Kentucky.  The county’s population is largely concentrated in the Wickliffe and Kevil areas. The two graphs show that a large concentration of Kevil’s population is on the McCracken County side of the city. While Kevil’s numbers do not contribute to the direct population of Ballard County in this dataset, it is important to note that this is an easily accessible population to target for Ballard County initiatives and campaigns.

On the first table on the following page shows that the population for the different areas are mostly decreasing, largely in Wickliffe. However, in La Center, there is a large increase in population between the years 2012 and 2017. On the second table on the following page shows similar figures, but with a slight change in Kevil, where there is a decrease in population.

Population Characteristics

Ballard County has an ageing population which is characteristic of rural areas. There is a high portion of people who will be leaving the workforce and retiring soon, and a small portion of millennials. This could lead to difficulties growing the population of the city as younger generations move out of the area.

There is extremely low property and violent crime in this area, which demonstrations that this is a safe, family friendly community for families that are looking to relocate, or businesses that are looking to set up in a wholesome clean town.



Ballard County, KY is home to a population of 8,216people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Ballard County, KY is composed of 7,676 White residents (93.4%), 298 Black residents (3.63%), 96 Hispanic residents (1.17%), 79 Two+ residents (0.96%), and 38 Asian residents (0.46%). The most common foreign languages in Ballard County, KY are Gujarati (85 speakers), Greek(58 speakers), and Spanish (51 speakers), but compared to other places, Ballard County, KY has a relative high number of Gujarati (85 speakers), Greek(58 speakers), and Vietnamese (31 speakers).