Payne Gap, KY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Payne Gap, Kentucky - Basic Facts

The Payne Gap Census Designated Place had a population of 318 as of July 1, 2016. Payne Gap ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kentucky. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Payne Gap is located at latitude 37.1477 and longitude -82.6711 in Letcher County. The formal boundaries for the Payne Gap Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Letcher County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,762 feet.

The Payne Gap Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2629661) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Kentucky is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Payne Gap Census Designated Place is located within Jenkins Division of Letcher County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Payne Gap population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Payne Gap, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 318
Population in Households 318
Population in Familes 276
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 138
Diversity Index2 1


Total Households 127
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 95
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 166 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 108 (65.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 20 (12.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 39 (23.5%)
Median Home Value $70,370
Average Home Value $75,463


Median Household Income $55,734
Average Household Income $61,303
Per Capita Income $24,532
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.54% -0.51%
Households -0.62% -0.48%
Families -0.82% -0.64%
Median Household Income   1.86%
Per Capita Income   2.05%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Payne Gap, KY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Payne Gap to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kentucky by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 413 24th
Population Density1 # 521 4th
Diversity Index2 # 538 1st
Median Household Income # 117 79th
Per Capita Income # 171 69th

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