Our Counties

Boyd County, home to Ashland, is a thriving community in Northeastern Kentucky and the site of major industry expansion projects. Companies like Braidy Industry have chosen to locate in Ashland and that project alone is bringing over $1.7 billion in capital investment to the region. Ashland Community & Technical College, and Morehead State University are both located in Ashland, making it an attractive community for businesses looking to use the use Kentucky’s community & technical college system to offer workforce training, along with those looking to recruit directly from a university. Boyd County is also certified as an AeroReady Community for its infrastructure, airport with room to build, aviation-support services, the local talent and more.

Ashland and Boyd County’s location is also attractive to businesses. Located on the banks of the Ohio River where Kentucky meets neighboring Ohio and West Virginia (known as the Tri-State Area), businesses locating here can recruit from a three-state area and easily reach customers from this central location. The South Shore Opportunity Zone Project is located adjacent to Ashland and offers businesses these same businesses. Register here to learn more about the South Shore Project.

Boyd County

Population

Total Population

48,304

Population
Growth Rate

-0.27%

Median Age

44

Diversity Index

15.700

Housing & Income

Households

19,346

Total Housing Units

21,713


Owner Occupied

14,058

Renter Occupied

5,288

Vacant

2,367

Median Home Value

$131,947


Average Home Value

$188,658

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.24%


Per Capita Income

2.98%

Income Projection

Median Household

$49,760 $55,201


Average Household

$66,654 $77,411


Per Capita

$27,024 $31,303

Workforce

Total Businesses

2,082

Total Employed

28,923

Workers 16+

17,928

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

2

Employed

3

Mining

Businesses

8

Employed

106

Utilities

Businesses

9

Employed

81

Construction

Businesses

132

Employed

1,232

Manufacturing

Businesses

60

Employed

2,496

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

69

Employed

978

Some
High School

2,423

Graduated
High School

9,187

Associates
Degree

3,794

Bachelor's
Degree

4,277

Graduate
Degree

2,877

Average Commute Time

22 min.



Resident Commuters

12,214

Non-Resident Commuters

2,078

Drive Alone

14,853

Carpooled

1,963

Public

49

Work At Home

269


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