Location: Whitley County

Key Indicators

Demographics

Total Population 2018 Whitley Kentucky
Total Population 36,242 4,468,402

Data Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Data Center

High School Graduation (percent adults age 25 or older) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Total 79% 85%
Female 81% 86%
Male 77% 84%

Data Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Data Center

Per Capita Income 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Per Capita Income $18,463 $25,889

About the Indicator: Mean income for every man, woman, and child in a particular geography.

Data Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Data Center

Median Household Income 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Median Household Income $34,103 $46,535

Data Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Data Center

Social & Behavioral Indicators

Lack of Physical Activity (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 39%(31.61-47.55) 32%(31.3-33.1)
County Group 42%(37.75-46) 32%(31.3-33.1)

About the Indicator: Percent of adults who did not participate in any physical activity or exercise during the past month.

Data Source: BRFSS

Prevalence of Obesity (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 29%(22.6-37.17) 34%(33.4-35.3)
County Group 36%(32.3-40.39) 34%(33.4-35.3)

About the Indicator: The percentage of adults estimated to be obese, defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher. BMI is equal to weight in pounds divide by height in inches squared and then multiplied by 703.

Data Source: BRFSS

Prevalence of Overweight (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 65%(56.03-72.78) 68%(67.0-69.0)
County Group 72%(67.97-75.61) 68%(67.0-69.0)

About the Indicator: The percentage of adults estimated to be overweight, defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25.0 or higher. This category includes those adults estimated to be obese, defined as having a BMI of 30.0 or greater. BMI is equal to weight in pounds divide by height in inches squared and then multiplied by 703.

Data Source: BRFSS

Recommended Fruit and Vegetable Intake (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 8%(4.33-14.44) 9%(8.4-10.6)
County Group 8%(5.9-10.93) 9%(8.4-10.6)

About the Indicator: Percent of adults who consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Data Source: BRFSS

Prevalence of Smoking (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 33%(25.76-41.74) 25%(24.1-25.9)
County Group 35%(31.41-39.43) 25%(24.1-25.9)

About the Indicator: Percent of adults who are current smokers (variable calculated from one or more BRFSS questions).

Data Source: BRFSS

Tooth Loss (percent adults missing 6 or more teeth) 2014-2016 Whitley Kentucky
County 38%(28.6-49.28) 24%(23.0-24.7)
County Group 40%(35.37-44.87) 24%(23.0-24.7)

About the Indicator: The percentage of adults with six or more permanent teeth removed because of tooth decay or gum disease.

Data Source: BRFSS

Limited Activities in Previous Month (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 37%(26.91-47.33) 26%(25.1-27.1)
County Group 37%(32.35-41.73) 26%(25.1-27.1)

About the Indicator: Percent of adults who could not perform work or household tasks due to physical, mental or emotional problems.

Data Source: BRFSS

Binge Drinking (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 11%(6.86-17.45) 15%(14.5-16.0)
County Group 7%(5.28-10.1) 15%(14.5-16.0)

About the Indicator: Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks on one occasion for males and having four or more drinks on one occasion for females.

Data Source: BRFSS

Drug Arrests (per 100,000 population) 2017 Whitley Kentucky
Drug Arrests (per 100,000 population) 1,771 2,301

Data Source: Kentucky State Police Annual Reports & FBI Uniform Crime Reports, Kentucky State Data Center

Violent Crime (per 100,000 population) 2017 Whitley Kentucky
Violent Crime (per 100,000 population) 108 226

Data Source: Kentucky State Police Annual Reports & FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Health Outcomes

Premature Death (years lost per 100,000 population) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Premature Death (years lost per 100,000 population) 13,507 8,867

About the Indicator: Years of Potential Life Lost prior to age 75 is a measure of premature mortality that is calculated over the age range from birth to 75 years of age.

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Total Mortality (per 100,000 population) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Total Mortality (per 100,000 population) 1,225 915

About the Indicator: Age-adjusted rate of deaths (from all causes) per year.

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Deaths by Age Group (count & rate per 100,000 population) 2009-2013 Whitley Kentucky
Less than 1 year 4 352
1-4 years 0 69
5-9 years 0 37
10-14 years 0 47
15-19 years 1 156
20-24 years 3 289
25-29 years 5 360
30-34 years 6 474
35-39 years 9 587
40-44 years 8 825
45-49 years 17 1,395
50-54 years 24 2,127
55-59 years 30 2,675
60-64 years 35 3,294
65-69 years 39 3,771
70-74 years 53 4,259
75-79 years 28.6 4,824
80-84 years 53 5,611
85 years and older 94 10,760

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Motor Vehicle Deaths (count) 2017 Whitley Kentucky
Motor Vehicle Deaths (count) 7 782

Data Source: FARS, Kentucky State Data Center

Less than Good Health (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 31%(24.18-38.35) 23%(22.6-24.2)
County Group 36%(32.05-39.67) 23%(22.6-24.2)

About the Indicator: Adults were asked to rate their own health status as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor.  Data indicates the percentage of adults reporting their health status as generally being fair or poor.

Data Source: BRFSS

Physically Unhealthy Days (per month) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 6(4.51-7.54) 5(4.9-5.3)
County Group 8(6.79-8.59) 5(4.9-5.3)

About the Indicator: Average number of days in the past 30 days when physical health, including physical illness and injury, was not good.

Data Source: BRFSS

Mentally Unhealthy Days (per month) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 6(4.38-7.5) 5(4.4-4.8)
County Group 6(4.91-6.47) 5(4.4-4.8)

About the Indicator: Average number of days in the past 30 days when mental health, including stress, depression, and problems with emotions, was not good.

Data Source: BRFSS

Prevalence of Asthma (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 18%(12.19-24.98) 16%(15.4-16.9)
County Group 21%(17.68-24.24) 16%(15.4-16.9)

Data Source: BRFSS

Prevalence of Diabetes (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 13%(8.34-18.38) 13%(12.5-13.7)
County Group 17%(14.22-20.03) 13%(12.5-13.7)

Data Source: BRFSS

Prevalence of Hypertension (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 42%(33.37-52.01) 39%(38.0-40.3)
County Group 48%(42.77-52.51) 39%(38.0-40.3)

About the Indicator: Percent of adults who report they have been told they have high blood pressure or hypertension by a health care professional.

Data Source: BRFSS

Cancer Deaths (age-adjusted rate per 100,000 population) 2012-2016 Whitley Kentucky
All Cancers 256 197
Lung and Bronchus 89 66
Colorectal 17 17
Breast 32 21
Prostate 19 20

About the Indicator: Breast Cancer Death Rate is the number of deaths per 100,000 females. Prostate Cancer Death Rate is the number of deaths per 100,000 males.

Data for counties with fewer than 15 deaths is considered unstable and has been supressed.

Data Source: Kentucky Cancer Registry

Heart Disease Deaths (per 100,000 population) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Heart Disease Deaths (per 100,000 population) 302 197

About the Indicator: Age-adjusted rate of deaths (due to heart disease) per year.

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Stroke Deaths (per 100,000 population) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Stroke Deaths (per 100,000 population) 48 40

About the Indicator: Age-adjusted rate of deaths (due to stroke) per year.

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Access to Care

Flu Vaccination in the Past Year (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 43%(35.16-51.52) 41%(40.4-42.3)
County Group 37%(33.09-40.98) 41%(40.4-42.3)

About the Indicator: Percent of adults who report having received a flu vaccine in the past year.

Data Source: BRFSS

Lack of Cholesterol Awareness (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 19%(11.2-30.32) 24%(21.8-25.2)
County Group 17%(13.28-21.98) 24%(21.8-25.2)

About the Indicator: Percent of adults who report that they have not had their cholesterol level checked in the past 5 years.

Data Source: BRFSS

HIV Testing (percent adults under 65) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 27%(20.03-36.12) 34%(33.4-35.4)
County Group 30%(26.26-33.98) 34%(33.4-35.4)

About the Indicator: Percent of adults younger than 65 who report having ever been tested for HIV.

Data Source: BRFSS

Personal Doctor or Health Care Provider (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 79%(70.79-84.7) 82%(80.8-82.4)
County Group 83%(79.98-86.25) 82%(80.8-82.4)

About the Indicator: Percent of adults reporting that there was one person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.

Data Source: BRFSS

Health Care Providers (per 1,000 population) 2009 Whitley Kentucky
Primary Care Physicians 1.3 1.0
Physician Specialists 1.1 1.4
Registered Nurses 9.1 11.2
Pharmacists 1.2 1.1
Dentists 0.5 0.6

About the Indicator: Physician and Dentist data based on provider's county of practice as reported to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure or Kentucky Board of Dentistry.  Nurse, Physician Assistant, and Pharmacist data based on provider's county of residence. 

Data Source: Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Kentucky Board of Dentistry, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Pharmacy

Health Care Providers Available 2009 Whitley Kentucky
All Physicians 90 10,115
Primary Care Physicians 49 4,241
Physician Specialists 41 5,874
Registered Nurses 351 47,948
Nurse Practitioners 32 2,797
Physician Assistants 3 772
Pharmacists 45 4,524
Dentists 18 2,461

About the Indicator: Physician and Dentist data based on provider's county of practice as reported to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure or Kentucky Board of Dentistry.  Nurse, Physician Assistant, and Pharmacist data based on provider's county of residence. 

Data Source: Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Kentucky Board of Dentistry, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Pharmacy

Physicians Available 2009 Whitley Kentucky
Total Physicians 90 10,115
Total Primary Care 49 4,241
Family Practice 23 1,547
General Practice 0 116
Internal Medicine 14 1,375
Obstetrics and Gynecology 7 493
Pediatrics 5 710
Other Specialty 41 5,874

About the Indicator: Based on physician's county of practice as reported to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

Data Source: Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure

Prevention Quality Indicators (risk-adjusted rate per 1,000 adults) 2007 Whitley Kentucky
Chronic 11 12
Acute 6 8
Overall 17 20

About the Indicator: Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs) are a set of measure that can be used to identify "ambulatory care sensitive conditions," which are conditions for which good outpatient care can potentially prevent the need for hospitalization, complications or more severe disease.  The Acute PQI is a composite representing admissions for dehydration, bacterial pneumonia, and urinary tract infections.  The Chronic PQI is a composite representing admissions for diabetes short-term complications, diabetes long-term complications, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure, angina admissions without a procedure,  uncontrolled diabetes, adult asthma, and lower-extremity amputation among patients with diabetes.  The Overall PQI is a composite representing all of the preceding acute and chronic indicators.

Data Source: Office of Health Policy, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Local Health Care Jobs (percent of total employment) 2010 Whitley
Local Health Care Jobs (percent of total employment) 17.0%

About the Indicator: The percent of all employment within the health care sector.

Data Source: CEDIK

Local Health Care Jobs (total number) 2005 Whitley
Local Health Care Jobs (total number) 1,761.0

Data Source: CEDIK

Uninsured Population (percent adults under age 65) 2017 Whitley Kentucky
Uninsured Population (percent adults under age 65) 6% 6%

About the Indicator: The percentage of the population age 18-64 not covered by private or public health insurance.

Data Source: Small Area Health Insurance Estimates Program, U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Data Center

Forego Care Due to Cost (percent adults) 2015-2017 Whitley Kentucky
County 19%(12.48-28.17) 12%(11.6-12.9)
County Group 15%(12.12-18.35) 12%(11.6-12.9)

About the Indicator: The percent of adults who report that there was a time in the past year when they needed to see a doctor but could not because of the cost.

Data Source: BRFSS

Health Plan Enrollment (member months) 2006 Whitley Kentucky
Aetna Health 0 9,047
Aetna Life Insurance 63 6,429
Anthem 16,695 2,530,116
Bluegrass Family Health 8,981 198,875
CHA Health 6,137 332,379
Connecticut General 0 0
Humana 632 546,460
John Alden 54 16,893
Mega Life and Health 142 12,745
Mid-West
New York Life
Principal 0 24,167
Time Insurance 992 58,115
Union Security 0 1,955
United Healthcare Insurance Company 47 33,699
United Healthcare of Kentucky 102 105,179
United Healthcare of Ohio 0 56,753

About the Indicator: Health Plan Enrollment data indicates Kentucky members only. Health Plan Income data includes operations in other states for Aetna, Human and UnitedHealthcare Ohio.

Data Source: Kentucky Health Care Market Report

Medicaid Enrollment 2006 Whitley Kentucky
Total 15,311 928,615
65 and Over 1,453 92,515
Adults ages 20-64 6,087 313,706
Children ages 0-19 7,773 518,695
Foster Care Children 229 16,110
Blind and Disabled 4,457 208,640
BCCA 12 520

About the Indicator: BCCA refers to women eligible for coverage through the Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program.

Data Source: Kentucky Health Care Market Report (Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services)

Medicaid Enrollment (percent of population) 2006 Whitley Kentucky
Medicaid Enrollment (percent of population) 40% 22%

Data Source: Kentucky Health Care Market Report (Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services)

Medicaid Expenditures 2006 Whitley Kentucky
Total Expenditures $70,605,172 $4,126,757,251
Average Expenditures per Recipient $4,611 $4,444

Data Source: Kentucky Health Care Market Report (Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services)

Maternal & Child Health

Adequacy of Prenatal Care (percent pregnant women) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Adequacy of Prenatal Care (percent pregnant women) 58% 65%

About the Indicator: Percentage of pregnant women who received prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy and had 10 or more prenatal visits.

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Infant Mortality (per 1,000 live births) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Infant Mortality (per 1,000 live births) 7 7

About the Indicator: Deaths at any time from birth up to, but not including, one year of age.

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Low Birthweight (percent of live births) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Low Birthweight (percent of live births) 11% 9%

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Teen Births (rate per 1,000 women ages 15-19) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Teen Births (rate per 1,000 women ages 15-19) 47 32

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

General Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women ages 15-44) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
General Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women ages 15-44) 73 63

Data Source: Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Immunization Coverage (percent children ages 19-35 months) 2007 Whitley Kentucky USA
Immunization Coverage (percent children ages 19-35 months) 76% 80% 81%

About the Indicator: Percentage of children ages 19 to 35 months who have received the suggested early childhood immunizations, including recommended dosages for DTP, poliovirus, MCV, HiB, HepB.

Data Source: The Health of Kentucky: A County Assessment (Kentucky Health Profiles)

Prevalence of Youth Smoking (percent of high school students) 2007 Whitley Kentucky USA
Prevalence of Youth Smoking (percent of high school students) 25% 25% 23%

About the Indicator: Percent of high school students who smoke tobacco products regularly.

Data Source: The Health of Kentucky: A County Assessment (Youth Tobacco Survey and Youth Risk Behavior Survey)

Uninsured Child Population (percent children under age 19) 2017 Whitley Kentucky
Uninsured Child Population (percent children under age 19) 3% 4%

About the Indicator: The percentage of the population age younger than 19 years not covered by private or public health insurance.

Data Source: Small Area Health Insurance Estimates Program, U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Data Center

KCHIP Enrollment Performance 2006 Whitley
Free and Reduced School Lunch Program 20
Medicaid and KCHIP Enrollment 4

About the Indicator: Counties were ranked (from 1 to 120) according to the percentage of public school students enrolled in free and reduced lunch program.  This data is considered a proxy for the number of low-income and potentially KCHIP-eligible children in a county.

Counties were subsequently ranked (from 1 to 120) according to the percentage of children enrolled in KCHIP or Medicaid.

While the two measures are not directly comparable (school lunch data does not provide information on children too young to attend school, for example), counties with large variations in these two rankings (>10 places) may want to explore their program enrollment to ensure that children in need are not being missed.

Data Source: Kentucky Injury Prevention Center

Senior Health

Senior Population (percent age 65 or older) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Senior Population (percent age 65 or older) 16% 15%

Data Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Data Center

Senior Population Below Poverty Level (percent age 65 years or older) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Senior Population Below Poverty Level (percent age 65 years or older) 15% 11%

Data Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Data Center

Senior Labor Force Participation (percent age 65 years or older) 2013-2017 Whitley Kentucky
Senior Labor Force Participation (percent age 65 years or older) 8% 15%

Data Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky State Data Center

Data Sources:

Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Description: Decennial population data (2000, 2010, etc.) is from the Decennial Census. Data for all other years is from the Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau.

Kentucky State Data Center

Description: Calculated by the Kentucky State Data Center.

American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

Description: Data from American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.  1-Year and 3-Year Estimates may be available for counties with large populations.  For more information, visit census.gov.

BRFSS

Description: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department for Public Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data as analyzed at the county level by the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Control Program and College of Public Health.

Data for counties with fewer than 50 respondents have been suppressed. 

County groups were developed by researchers at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Control Program and College of Public Health under the direction of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The county groups were developed through a methodology which considered socioeconomic, demographic, and health-related statistics at the county level, together with geographical proximity and number of BRFSS respondents, to cluster counties based on similar characteristics. County groups are expected to provide more stable rates and reliable estimates for small areas in Kentucky. For additional information, please email rseger at healthy-ky.org.  

Kentucky State Police Annual Reports & FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Description: Calculated by the Kentucky State Data Center.
Rates are calculated using data from the Kentucky State Police Crime in Kentucky Annual Report www.kentuckystatepolice.org/data.htm and FBI Uniform Crime Reports for the specified year and population data from the Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau.

Kentucky State Data Center - Vital Statistics

Description: Kentucky State Data Center analysis of records from the Kentucky Department for Public Health Office of Vital Statistics.

FARS

Description: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Kentucky Cancer Registry

Description: Additional incidence and mortality data for these and other cancer types is available from the Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR).  Counties with supressed data may be able to obtain stable rates by expanding the selected time frame on the KCR website, www.kcr.uky.edu.

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure

Kentucky Board of Dentistry

Kentucky Board of Nursing

Kentucky Board of Pharmacy

Office of Health Policy, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

CEDIK

Description: Analysis provided by the Community and Economic Development Initaitive of Kentucky at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. http://www.ca.uky.edu/CEDIK

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates Program, U.S. Census Bureau

Kentucky Health Care Market Report

Description: Baumgarten A. Kentucky Health Care Market Report, 2007. Minneapolis, MN: Allan Baumgarten and Associates; February 2008.

Kentucky Health Care Market Report (Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services)

Description: Baumgarten A. Kentucky Health Care Market Report, 2007. Minneapolis, MN: Allan Baumgarten and Associates; February 2008.  Author's analysis of 2006 data file prepared by Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services.

The Health of Kentucky: A County Assessment (Kentucky Health Profiles)

Description: Kentucky Institute of Medicine. The Health of Kentucky: A County Assessment. Lexington, KY; 2007. Authors' analysis of data from Kentucky Health Profiles, Leading and Selected Causes of Death, Kentucky Department for Public Health (1999-2003).

The Health of Kentucky: A County Assessment (Youth Tobacco Survey and Youth Risk Behavior Survey)

Description: Kentucky Institute of Medicine. The Health of Kentucky: A County Assessment. Lexington, KY; 2007. Authors' analysis of data from Youth Tobacco Survey and Youth Risk Behavior Survey (2001-2002).

Kentucky Injury Prevention Center