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The City of La Center had a population of 935 as of July 1, 2021. La Center ranks in the upper quartile for 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 La Center is located at latitude 37.0767 and longitude -88.9737 in Ballard County. The formal boundaries for the City of La Center encompass a land area of 0.61 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Ballard County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 367 feet.

The City of La Center has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Kentucky is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of La Center is located within La Center Division of Ballard County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for La Center: Ballard Center, Maryville.

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La Center, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 935 (100%)
Population in Households 882 (94.3%)
Population in Families 685 (73.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 53 ( 5.7%)
Population Density 1,544
Diversity Index2 28


Median Household Income $39,820
Average Household Income $54,163
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $22,490
Wealth Index5 47


Total HU (Housing Units) 446 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 261 (58.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 124 (27.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 62 (13.9%)
Median Home Value $114,506
Average Home Value $154,023
Housing Affordability Index3 206


Total Households 384
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 235
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.67% -0.83%
Households -0.67% -0.9%
Families -0.89% -0.95%
Median Household Income   2.61%
Per Capita Income   2.69%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.23%

La Center, KY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares La Center to the other 541 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kentucky by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 247 55th
Population Density # 149 73rd
Median Household Income # 387 29th
Housing Affordability Index # 258 48th
Per Capita Income # 361 33rd
Diversity Index # 132 76th

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