Letcher County is located in southeastern Kentucky. The County Seat is Whitesburg and the largest city is Jenkins. The Official Web Site is located at http://letchercounty.ky.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 23,359 and the 2010 census population was 24,519. The land area is 337.91 square miles and there are 72.6 persons per square mile.
98.6% of the population is White, 0.5% is Black or African American, 0.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.2% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.6% is two or more races. 74.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 11.5% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $54,900, there are 9,366 households, an average of 2.56 persons per household. The per capita income is $17,886, the median household income is $31,200, and 25.3% of the persons in Letcher County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,756. Retail sales (in $1000) were $123,973, and sales per capita were $5,176. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 21.9%.
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