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March 19, 2011

Census: Pulaski grows by nearly 7,000 residents

Somerset — The numbers are in.Results of the 2010 U.S. Census count, conducted approximately a year ago, were released Thursday afternoon — and statistics show Pulaski County’s population total increased by nearly 7,000 residents.

According to the census, which is carried out every 10 years, the total number of Pulaski County residents increased from 56,217 in 2000 to 63,063 in 2010. That’s a change of 6,846, or a 12.2 percent increase.

The census count is conducted to determine the number of congressional seats for each state, the shape of legislative and local government districts, and how $300 billion in federal funds is distributed annually to communities across the country.

The census for Kentucky is broken down by counties, and the total population of residents counted in each is further broken down by race.

According to the census report, Pulaski County ranks 14th in population among the state’s 120 counties.

Pulaski County comes in behind Jefferson (741,096), Fayette (295,803), Kenton (159,720), Boone (118,811), Warren (113,792), Hardin (105,543), Daviess (96,656), Campbell (90,336), Madison (82,916), Bullitt (74,319), Christian (73,955), McCracken (65,565), and Pike (65,024) counties.

In Pulaski County, 59,943 of the total 63,063 of residents were counted as “white, not Hispanic,” up from 54,457 in 2000. That’s an increase of 10.1 percent. 705 members of the total Pulaski County population were counted as “black, not Hispanic,” which is an increase from the 2000 census count of 602 — and that comes out to an increase of 17.1 percent.

Other race populations outlined by the census include “American Indian/Alaskan Native, not Hispanic,” of which 128 were counted in the county, an increase of 10 from the count of 118 in 2000, “Asian, not Hispanic,” which saw a population increase of 88, with 289 counted in 2010 versus 201 in 2000, and “Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific island,” which had a count of 13 in 2010 compared to only 3 in 2000.

That means the “American Indian/Alaskan Native, not Hispanic” population had an 8.5 percent increase, the “Asian, not Hispanic” population saw an increase of 43.8 percent, and “Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Island” had an increase of 333.3 percent.

“Other race, not Hispanic” had a total count of 13 in 2010, down from 21 in 2000, which comes to a decrease of -38.1 percent. Pulaski Countians who identified themselves as “two or more races” had a population count of 618, up from 361 counted in 2000 — which comes out to 71.2 percent.

Lastly, those identified as “Hispanic or Latino” in the county had a total count of 1,318, according to the census report. That is up from the 2000 count of 454 — which comes out to an increase of 190.3 percent.

A total of 31,443 residences were counted in the 2010 census for Pulaski County, with 25,722 of those counted as occupied and 5,721 — or around 19 percent of the total number of residences — counted as vacant.

Also according to the 2010 census, 11,635 Pulaski countians — or 19.5 percent of the total population — were recorded as living at or below the poverty line. 3,853 of residents age 18 and under were recorded as being at or below the poverty line, which comes out to 28.7 percent of the population segment.

Numbers for the county’s cities were also released, with Somerset bringing in a count of 11,196 residents. The City of Ferguson has a total of 924 residents counted, Science Hill has 693 residents, Burnside has a total of 611 residents and Eubank saw a total of 319 residents counted in the 2010 census.

The cities’ occupancy counts serve to paint an interesting picture in a tumultuous economic period. Somerset had 5,491 residences counted, with 4,809 of those cited as occupied and 682 as vacant, which means 12.4 percent of the city’s residences are unoccupied, according to the census.

362 of Ferguson’s 403 residences were counted as occupied, with 41 of them recorded as vacant. That means 10.2 percent of those residences were counted as unoccupied. Science Hill saw a total of 309 residences counted, with 280 of those recorded as occupied and 29 as vacant, which means 9.4 percent of the northern Pulaski County city’s homes were unoccupied.

Burnside had a total of 390 residences recorded, according to the census, with 279 of those considered occupied and 111 considered vacant — which evens out to 28.5 percent of the city’s homes being recorded as unoccupied.

Eubank had a total of 161 residences recorded during the census, with 136 of those occupied and 25 of those vacant. That means approximately 15.5 percent of Eubank’s residences are unoccupied.

As of April 1, 2010, the total population for Kentucky was counted at 4,339,367.

The numbers mentioned above and other reports can be found at the Kentucky State Data Center website at http://ksdc.louisville.edu/.  

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