Owsley County

Owsley County, Kentucky

PO Box 500
Booneville, KY 41314
Phone: (606) 593-5735
Fax: (606) 593-5737

In southeast KY, southeast of Lexington; organized Jan 23, 1843 from Clay, Estill, and Breathitt counties. Name Origin: For William Owsley (1782-1862), judge of the KY Court of Appeals, and governor (1844-48)

Area (sq mi):: 198.09 (land 198.09; water 0.00) Population per square mile: 24.00
Population 2005: 4,746 State rank: 119 Population change: 2000-20005 -2.30%; 1990-2000 -3.50% Population 2000: 4,858 (White 98.50%; Black or African American 0.10%; Hispanic or Latino 0.70%; Asian 0.00%; Other 0.60%). Foreign born: 0.10%. Median age: 38.20
Income 2000: per capita $10,742; median household $15,805; Population below poverty level: 45.40% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $16,638-$17,620
Unemployment (2004): 7.20% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.50% Median travel time to work: 28.70 minutes Working outside county of residence: 43.90%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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People born in 1980 in Owsley County, Kentucky, are likely to live 2.2 years longer than those born in 2014 (72.4 years, down to 70.2 years).
This makes them like a lot of families in Owsley County, where 40 percent of the population lives in poverty and 30 percent lives just above it.
For as long as people could remember, the biggest employer in Owsley County has been the school system, and people lucky enough to get hired hold on for life.
CASE FACTS: Candace Smith worked at Owsley County Health Care Center as a Certified Nurse's Aide (CNA).
Within the District, the poverty rate was highest in Owsley County, KY (35.2%), and lowest in Delaware County, OH (4.6%).
FINALISTS: Owsley County, Kentucky: Community Technology Learning Initiative
"There's a lot of excitement in the meat goat industry right now because we're not currently supplying the national market," said Neil Hoffman, Owsley County producer and president of the Eastern Kentucky Goat Producers Association.
"I think one of the misconceptions about goats is that you can just turn them loose in the field, and when you get ready you just load them up and sell them," said Paul Sizemore, Owsley County Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
In Owsley County, the state's poorest, 46.6 percent of all residents and 65.4 percent of residents under 18 are considered to be living at poverty level or below.