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An open meetings and records law was passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1974. The Kentucky Open Records Act is a series of laws that guarantees access to public records of government bodies, with the Kentucky Open Meetings Act legislating the methods by which public meetings are conducted. All public records must be open for inspection unless the records are exempted by one or more of the twelve exemptions found in the Act which include public records that are prohibited from disclosure by State or Federal law. There are 120 counties in Kentucky but also has 39 independent cities that are not part of any county and deal directly with the state government, giving that state 134 county level administrative units. that act as a smaller local government of the state. The state of Kentucky recognizes 419 cities which are divided into six classes based on their population. The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts provides criminal history reports including felonies since 1978, misdemeanors and traffic cases from five years of more. Discover a myriad of Kentucky public records online. Gather interesting facts, figures and statistics about the people and history of Kentucky. Link to the county sites to find information on the how their governing bodies operate and services they offer. You may also research a wealth of information on individual cities and community resources and attractions within the state. Investigate the possibilities of doing business in Kentucky by learning about the state's business laws. Get access to birth and death records from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Link to the Kentucky State Police site for criminal records and other criminal reports. Find out how affordable it is to live in Kentucky by acquiring data on the housing and real estate markets. Read about up to date current events and news headlines for Kentucky. This site is updated regularly for the best and most current services.

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Kentucky Missing Children

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  • Missing: Jai Highley
    Jai Highley, Age Now: 16, Missing: 05/18/2019. Missing From Louisa, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office (kentucky) 1-606-638-4368.
    August 15, 2019
  • Missing: Michael Lindsey
    Michael Lindsey, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/08/2019. Missing From Henderson, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Henderson Police Department (kentucky) 1-270-831-1295.
    August 14, 2019
  • Missing: Sarah Starling
    Sarah Starling, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/25/2019. Missing From Louisville, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Louisville Metro Police Department (kentucky) 1-502-574-7111.
    August 09, 2019
  • Missing: James Wagers
    James Wagers, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/28/2019. Missing From London, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: London Police Department (kentucky) 1-606-878-7000.
    August 05, 2019
  • Missing: Kourtney Gump
    Kourtney Gump, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/14/2019. Missing From Bonnieville, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Hart County Sheriff's Office (kentucky) 1-270-524-2341.
    July 30, 2019
  • Missing: Emilio Balsa Hernandez
    Emilio Balsa Hernandez, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/27/2019. Missing From London, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Laurel County Sheriff's Office (kentucky) 1-606-864-6600.
    July 29, 2019

Kentucky Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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Kentucky Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Kaytlyn Norden • Louisville, Kentucky • 23 Years Old
    January 07, 2018
  • Missing Person • Fred Paar • Ghent, Kentucky • 48 Years Old
    September 23, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • Fred Paar • Ghent, Kentucky • 48 Years Old
    September 23, 2017
  • Missing Person • Tiffaney Andrus And Sean Barker • Lexington, Kentucky • 27 Years Old And 7 M
    September 10, 2017
  • Missing Person • Joshua Dawayne Patrick Dooley • London, Kentucky • 30 Years Old
    April 07, 2017

Kentucky Latest Crime Records (Updated 08/18/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    9,340
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    160
  • Rape:
    1,440
  • Robbery:
    3,336
  • Aggravated Assault:
    4,404
  • Total Property Crime:
    99,166
  • Burglary:
    23,244
  • Larceny Theft:
    69,604
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    6,318

Kentucky American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 08/18/2019)

  • Kentucky's demographic and housing ACS survey of 4,383,272 being 1.4 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.2% males and 50.8% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Kentucky social characteristics data of 1,702,235 households, which make up 1.46 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,134,316 families with and without children. There are 1,101,178 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Kentucky American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 3,476,701 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.4 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 2,063,756 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Kentucky housing characteristics are collected from 1,938,836 dwellings making up 1.46 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 1,702,235 or uninhabited 236,601 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 1,702,235 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Kentucky Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    4,339,367
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    4,042,288
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    7%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    297,598
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    4,041,769
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    288,022
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,014,323
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    570,336
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    3,809,537
  • State's black resident population
    337,520
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    10,120
  • State's Asian resident population
    48,930
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    2,501
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    75,208
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    132,836
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    3,745,655
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    88%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    8%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    86%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Kentucky
  • Births
    59,368
  • Deaths
    40,090
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    397
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    84%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Kentucky Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    3%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    4%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    80%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    20%
  • Total number of Veterans
    334,465
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Kentucky
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    1,934,973
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    183,855
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    11%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $113,100
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    18%
  • Total number of households
    1,674,738
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Kentucky Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $22,284
  • Statewide income of median households in Kentucky
    $40,061
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    18%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $130,581
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $30,824
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    2,080,409
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    217,537
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    11%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    2,438,265
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    106,242
  • People employed by the government
    364,196
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    98,436,649
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    40,372
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    92,587
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    270,572
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    6,300,866
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Kentucky
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    337,627
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    26%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    119,105,421
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    74,680,759
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    50,405,925
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    11,843
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Kentucky territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    7,398
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    923,485
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    13,993,121
  • Size in square miles of land
    39,728
  • Population per square mile
    109
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