Bell County is located in southeastern Kentucky. The County Seat is Pineville and the largest city is Middlesboro. The Official Web Site is located at http://bellcounty.ky.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 27,778 and the 2010 census population was 28,691. The land area is 359.00 square miles and there are 79.9 persons per square mile.
95.4% of the population is White, 2.4% is Black or African American, 0.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.6% is two or more races. 68.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 10.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $67,300, there are 11,109 households, an average of 2.46 persons per household. The per capita income is $15,091, the median household income is $26,228, and 33.5% of the persons in Bell County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,696. Retail sales (in $1000) were $374,889, and sales per capita were $12,915. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 29.4%.
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