WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu April 14, 2005
New Census Figures For Kentucky
Frankfort, KY – Population estimates just released by the U. S. Census show suburban counties in Kentucky continued to grow rapidly over the past four years. That's while rural counties in eastern and western Kentucky faltered.
Overall, Kentucky's population grew by 2.4% between 2000 and 2004 to over 4 million, 140,000. That's an increase of nearly 97,000 people.
Numerically, Boone County in northern Kentucky had the largest population increase over the period. It added more than 14,000 people or 16.5%.
The increas epushed Boone County's population to 101,354...raising the number of Kentucky counties with populations exceeding 100,000 to four.
The largest percentage increases were in counties within commuting distance of Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati.
The counties with the greatest population loss were Fulton and Crittenden in western Kentucky.
Each lost more than 4% of its total population. Harlan was next with more than 3% loss. Leslie County was next in population loss followed by Carter, Letcher, Lewis and Pike Counties.
All are agriculture counties with the exfeption of Harlan, Leslie, Letcher and Pike which have coal-based economies.
Numerically, Pike County had the largest population loss in the eastern coalfields over the period with a decline of 1,459. Among agriculture counties, Christian County had the laregst numerical loss of 1,625 people.