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Why Barren County?

Barren County – The Best Place To Live In Rural America

Barren County is the kind of place where people come, like what they see, then decide to call it home. Scottish immigrants did it in the late 1700s—thus a county seat named Glasgow—and people are still coming today. With its rolling farmland and friendly residents, there’s little reason to wonder why. “We probably send out six relocation packages a week,” notes Ann Stewart with the county Chamber of Commerce. That wouldn’t be so unusual except that Barren County is somewhat off the beaten track—not really famous for much other than its proximity to Mammoth Cave. But once you discover this land, it’s not hard to see why people say, “This would be a nice little place to live.” Read more

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Business Cost from thinkkentucky.com

Kentucky Index, 2009 (U.S. = 100)

Labor Cost94
Energy Cost74
Overall Business Cost89

Gross Domestic Product Per Wage, 2011

Kentucky$2.19
U.S.$2.25

Industrial Electric Cost Per KWH, 2011

Kentucky$0.0533
U.S.$0.0682
Kentucky has the 6th lowest cost for industrial electrical power amongst the 50 states.

Barren County Statistical Summary from thinkkentucky.com

Population 2012

Barren County42,631
Labor Market Area299,676

Barren County

Per Capita Income 2010$27,884
Median Household Income 2009$35,993
Median Home Price 2011$88,500

Total Available Labor 2011

Barren County2,634
Labor Market Area15,970

Unemployment Rate 2012

Barren County8.1%
Labor Market Area7.6%
U.S.8.1%

Average Weekly Wage 2012

Barren County$615
Kentucky (Statewide)$778
U.S.$948
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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