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Labor Market Area
Most of the demographic and workforce data that follow include totals for the community's labor market area. The map below is provided for you reference.
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Labor market counties are composed of counties which exist within a 60-minute drive range of the originating county’s county seat. A county will be included within the radius if the centroid point of a county (a point representing the center of the geographic area of a county) falls within the drive zone. Additionally, all contiguous counties will be classified as part of the labor market with the exception of non-Kentucky contiguous counties which have been excluded by the above mentioned 60-minute drive range and have a border with the Mississippi and/or Ohio Rivers.

 


Dated Material

This document contains material that is continuously updated on the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development's website.
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Contacts

Local

Mike Willand
Executive Director
Harrodsburg/Mercer County Industrial Development Authority
Diamond Point Welcome Center
488 Price Ave., Suite 3
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Phone: 859-734-0063
WEB: www.hmcida.com
E-mail: hmcida@mercerky.com

State

Amy Bowman
Project Coordinator
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601 USA

Phone: 502-564-7670 ext. 22001
Fax: 502-564-3256
Web: http:///www.thinkkentucky.com
Email: Amy.Bowman@ky.gov

 


 

Quick Facts

 
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  Industrial Electric Cost Per KWH, 2017
Kentucky $0.0558
U.S. $0.0691

 

Statistical Summary
  Population 2017
Mercer County 21,521
Labor Market Area 708,487
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2016 $34,576
Median Household Income 2016 $46,130
Median Home Price 2017 $110,500
   
  Unemployment Rate 2018
Mercer County 4.5%
Labor Market Area 3.6%
U.S. 3.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2017
Mercer County $839
Labor Market Area $836
U.S. $1,042


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Harrodsburg


Population
47%

Personal Income
53%

Retail Sales
45%

Manufacturing Employment
54%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 371 11. Dallas, TX 857 21. Nashville, TN 199  
  2. Baltimore, MD 567 12. Detroit, MI 378 22. New Orleans, LA 728  
  3. Birmingham, AL 389 13. Houston, TX 978 23. New York, NY 740  
  4. Boston, MA 950 14. Indianapolis, IN 186 24. Norfolk, VA 605  
  5. Buffalo, NY 549 15. Jacksonville, FL 709 25. Oklahoma City, OK 829  
  6. Charlotte, NC 390 16. Kansas City, MO 577 26. Omaha, NE 768  
  7. Chicago, IL 366 17. Lexington, KY 33 27. Philadelphia, PA 663  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 117 18. Louisville, KY 73 28. Pittsburgh, PA 403  
  9. Cleveland, OH 363 19. Memphis, TN 402 29. St. Louis, MO 335  
  10. Columbus, OH 223 20. Minneapolis, MN 774 30. Wichita, KS 774  
  Population Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, 2008 population estimate
Personal Income Source: 2007 Regional Economic Accounts, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), US Dept of Commerce
Retail Sales Source: 2002 Economic Census, US Census Bureau
Manufacturing Employment Source: 2007 County Business Patterns, US Census Bureau
Highway Distance Source: ESRI Arcview StreetMap, 2007
 

 


 

 

Sites

 
Available Industrial Sites
Click on a site point for details
      Min. Distance To  
    Site ID Site Name Total Ac. Largest Possible Tract Rail Interstate/Parkway Airport  
  Shovel-ready 167-003 Lanham Industrial Park 24.6 24.6 Possible 14 31  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details
  Bldg. ID Building Name Square Feet Ac. Min. Ceiling Ht. Rail  
  167-014 Economic Alliance Building 260,000 23.6 15.0' minimum No  
  167-017 Keystone Brush 40,000 8.0 10.6' minimum No  
  167-018 KeyTronics EMS Building 21,800 N/A 14.0' minimum No  
Note: A "+" symbol following the building name denotes a secondary building.
Special Purpose Buildings

 


 

 

Demographics

 

 

  Total Population  
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  
  Labor Market Area 684,430 688,401 695,490 701,983 708,487  
  Mercer County 21,328 21,431 21,448 21,477 21,521  
 Harrodsburg8,3628,4038,4098,4198,394 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2017  
    Mercer County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 4,160 19.3 138,325 19.5  
  16-24 2,194 10.2 96,350 13.6  
  25-44 4,778 22.2 185,649 26.2  
  45-64 6,376 29.6 182,154 25.7  
  65-84 3,576 16.6 93,674 13.2  
  85 and older 437 2.0 12,335 1.7  
  Median Age 43.5   37.8    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017  
    Mercer County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 20,068 93.2 602,166 85.0  
  Black or African American 812 3.8 70,642 10.0  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 66 0.3 2,241 0.3  
  Asian 138 0.6 17,143 2.4  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 23 0.1 537 0.1  
  Other/Multirace 414 1.9 15,758 2.2  
  Hispanic Origin 617 2.9 38,316 5.4  
  Note: Hispanic is not a race category. A person can be white, black or African American, etc. and be of hispanic origin.
Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
 

  Population Projections  
    2020 2025 2030 2035  
  Mercer County 21,389 21,255 20,962 20,539  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2011 2016 Pct. Change  
  Mercer County $29,945 $34,576 15.5 %  
  Kentucky $33,989 $38,926 14.5 %  
  U.S. $41,560 $49,246 18.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $24,495- $41,755 $27,783- $45,025    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Mercer County 8,813 2.41 $46,130  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Mercer County Labor Market Area  
  2018 Apr. 2019 2018 Apr. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 9,871 9,835 362,804 365,466  
  Employed 9,431 9,433 349,645 353,465  
  Unemployed 440 402 13,159 12,001  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.5 4.1 3.6 3.3  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Mercer County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 6.2 5.4 6.5 6.2  
  2015 5.1 4.3 5.4 5.3  
  2016 4.7 3.8 5.0 4.9  
  2017 4.9 3.9 4.9 4.4  
  2018 4.5 3.6 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Mercer County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 2,859 32.1  
  Commuting Out of County 6,040 67.9  
  Total Residents 8,899 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 2,859 44.9  
  Commuting Into County 3,505 55.1  
  Total Employees 6,364 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Journey-To-Work & Migration Statistics Branch.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and its border states only.  

 

     
  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Mercer County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$839$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries9358651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining7671,0491,086 
 Construction7321,0111,155 
 Manufacturing1,3351,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities778789881 
 Information5801,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7221,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services1,4159311,377 
 Education and Health Services832906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality350327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified475626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Harrodsburg  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2018)
 
  Centre College  Danville  1,450  
  12  Asbury Theological Seminary  Wilmore  1,660  
  12  Asbury University  Wilmore  † 1,990  
  28  Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education  Lexington  N/A  
  28  Indiana Wesleyan University - Lexington Education Center  Lexington  N/A  
  28  Lexington Theological Seminary  Lexington  66  
  28  Midway University  Midway  1,217  
  28  Sullivan University, Lexington Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  28  Transylvania University  Lexington  966  
  28  University of Kentucky  Lexington  29,465  
  29  Kentucky State University  Frankfort  1,926  
  30  Eastern Kentucky University  Richmond  16,612  
  33  Berea College  Berea  1,670  
  34  Georgetown College  Georgetown  1,767  
  40  Campbellsville University  Campbellsville  7,207  
  53  Lindsey Wilson College  Columbia  2,565  
  53  Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling  Mt. Sterling  N/A  
  56  WKU - Elizabethtown Center  Elizabethtown  N/A  
  58  Bellarmine University  Louisville  2,757  
  58  Boyce College  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Campbellsville University, Louisville Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Galen College of Nursing, Louisville Extended Classroom  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Galen College of Nursing, Main Campus  Louisville  1,703  
  58  Indiana Wesleyan University - Louisville Education Center  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Indiana Wesleyan University - Louisville Education Center  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Louisville Bible College  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary  Louisville  152  
  58  Northwood University - Louisville  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Southern Baptist Theological Seminary  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Spalding University  Louisville  2,071  
  58  Sullivan University, Main Campus  Louisville  † 3,489  
  58  University of Louisville  Louisville  21,402  
  58  University of Louisville Health Sciences Center  Louisville  N/A  
  58  University of Louisville, ShelbyHurst Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Webster University, Louisville Metropolitan Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  60  McKendree University - Radcliff Campus  Radcliff  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 100,135  
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance, not highway miles.
† Denotes enrollment for entire institution, including branch campuses; otherwise, enrollment is for specified campus.
Source:  Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
 

  Two-Year Colleges Within 60 Miles of Harrodsburg  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic, or academic and technical, courses and granting associate degrees, certificates, or diplomas below the baccalaureate level.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2018)
 
  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Danville Campus  Danville  N/A  
  19  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Lawrenceburg Campus  Lawrenceburg  N/A  
  21  Elizabethtown Community & Tech. College, Springfield Campus  Springfield  N/A  
  28  American National University- Lexington KY Campus  Lexington  233  
  28  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Cooper Campus  Lexington  9,478  
  28  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Leestown Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  28  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Newtown Pike Campus  Lexington  N/A  
  31  Somerset Community College, Casey Center  Liberty  N/A  
  34  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Advanced Manufacturing Center  Georgetown  N/A  
  38  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Shelby Co. Campus  Shelbyville  N/A  
  39  Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Winchester - Clark Co. Campus  Winchester  N/A  
  49  Somerset Community College, Somerset Campus  Somerset  † 5,886  
  50  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Bullitt Co. Campus  Shepherdsville  N/A  
  51  Somerset Community College, Russell Center  Russell Springs  N/A  
  52  Maysville Community & Tech College, Licking Valley Campus  Cynthiana  N/A  
  53  Maysville Community & Tech College, Montgomery Campus  Mt. Sterling  N/A  
  56  Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Elizabethtown  † 7,115  
  58  American National University - Louisville KY Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Jefferson Technical Campus  Louisville  N/A  
  58  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Louisville  † 12,250  
  58  Jefferson Community & Technical College, Southwest Campus  Louisville  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 34,962  
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance, not highway miles.
† Denotes enrollment for entire institution, including branch campuses; otherwise, enrollment is for specified campus.
Source:  Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
 

  Kentucky Technical Schools Within 60 Miles of Harrodsburg  
    Enrollment (2017-2018)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Trailblazer Academy  Harrodsburg  292 N/A 292  
  17  Jessamine Career and Technology Center  Nicholasville  3802 N/A 3802  
  18  Garrard County ATC  Lancaster  346 N/A 346  
  19  Lincoln County ATC  Stanford  332 N/A 332  
  26  Marion County ATC  Lebanon  1364 N/A 1364  
  28  Eastside Technical Center  Lexington  966 N/A 820  
  28  Southside Technical Center  Lexington  709 N/A 709  
  29  Franklin County Career and Technical Center  Frankfort  900 N/A 900  
  30  Madison County ATC  Richmond  825 N/A 825  
  31  Casey County ATC  Liberty  526 N/A 526  
  34  Nelson County ATC  Bardstown  491 N/A 491  
  34  Elkhorn Crossing School  Georgetown  863 N/A 863  
  38  Shelby County ATC  Shelbyville  544 N/A 544  
  39  Rockcastle County ATC  Mount Vernon  442 N/A 442  
  39  Clark County ATC  Winchester  733 N/A 733  
  49  Pulaski ATC  Somerset  462 N/A 462  
  50  Green County ATC  Greensburg  629 N/A 629  
  50  Bullitt County ATC  Shepherdsville  481 N/A 481  
  51  Lake Cumberland ATC  Russell Springs  930 N/A 930  
  52  Harrison County ATC  Cynthiana  746 N/A 746  
  53  Jackson County ATC  McKee  455 N/A 455  
  53  Montgomery County ATC  Mt. Sterling  507 N/A 507  
  54  Oldham County CTC  Buckner  541 N/A 541  
      Total Enrollments 17,886     17,740   
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance; not highway miles.  Kentucky Tech secondary schools, called Area Technology Centers (ATC), are operated by the Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education. Other secondary schools are operated locally by public school districts. Secondary student enrollment is listed under Sec, and post-secondary student enrollment is listed under P/S.
Source:  KY Cabinet for Workforce Development; KY Dept. of Education.
 

 


 

 

Business & Industry

 

 

  Summary of Recent Locations and Expansions, 2017-Present  
    Reported  
    Companies Jobs Investment  
 Manufacturing Location00$0 
 Manufacturing Expansion231$202,043,782 
 Service & Technology Location00$0 
 Service & Technology Expansion00$0 
  Click here for detailed location and expansion information.
Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (September 04, 2019).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2017  
    Mercer County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries7,406100.0358,899100.0 
 Total Private Industries5,38672.7263,22873.3 
 Natural Resources and Mining670.93,9931.1 
 Construction2323.115,7804.4 
 Manufacturing1,99827.039,72811.1 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities1,05214.260,67016.9 
 Information380.53,3450.9 
 Financial Activities1381.911,9563.3 
 Professional and Business Services2223.039,92711.1 
 Education and Health Services76110.341,82911.7 
 Leisure and Hospitality74810.137,44210.4 
 Other Services and Unclassified1301.88,5622.4 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Harrodsburg 
 Armstrong Custom Powder CoatingCustom powder coating service, ceramic coating, metal cleaning, and media blasting11996 
 Corning IncorporatedAMLCD glass substrate - thin, durable, highly scratch resistent cover glass used in portable/handheld electronic devices4001952 
 EssityPaper towels, toilet paper, facial tissue & sanitary paper products5501990 
 Harrodsburg HeraldWeb printed weekly newspaper, web printed customer literature, off-set printed customer material, business cards/catalogs, digital printed customer literature131884 
 Heritage Tobacco Group LLCPipe tobacco202009 
 Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas IncAutomotive electronic control units, sensors, actuators, fuel systems & components, lithium Ion battery, machining, warehouse and distribution12751986 
 Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas IncWarehouse and distribution center152008 
 Mercer Stone CoCrushed stone & agricultural limestone121966 
 Mercer Tool & Die IncTools, dies, jigs & fixtures; machine shop: general machining, drilling, boring, cutting, honing, grinding, electric welding, mill & lathe work11994 
 Self RefindHeadquarters for drug treatment clinics for individuals addicted to opioid dependence242008 
 Toyota Boshoku Kentucky LLCAutomotive plastics components and interior sub-assemblies. Door trims and injection molding.1181988 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (September 04, 2019).  

 


 

 

Taxes

 

 

  State Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation, 2016  
  Selected Class of Property State Rate Local Taxation
Permitted
 
  Real Estate $0.1220 Yes  
  Manufacturing Machinery $0.1500 No  
  Pollution Control Equipment $0.1500 No  
  Inventories:  
      Raw Materials $0.0500 No  
      Goods in Process $0.0500 No  
      Finished Goods $0.0500 Yes  
      Goods-In-Transit Exempt Limited  
  Motor Vehicles $0.4500 Yes  
  Other Tangible Personal Property $0.4500 Yes  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Revenue.  
     
  Local Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation, 2017  
  Taxing Jurisdiction Property Taxes
Per $100 Valuation
   
  Real Estate Tangibles Motor Vehicles  
  County  
  Mercer $0.2880 $0.3656 $0.1940    
  City  
  Burgin $0.1950 $0.3316 $0.2000    
  Harrodsburg $0.0672 $0.0672 $0.2300    
  School District  
  Burgin Independent Schools $0.6950 $0.6950 $0.5460    
  Mercer County Schools $0.6650 $0.6650 $0.4910    
  Source: Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.  
     
  Local Occupational License Taxes, 2017  
  Cities, counties and school districts may levy an occupational license tax on the net profits of businesses and/or on the salaries and wages of employees earned in the jurisdiction. Rates can vary between the two types of occupational license taxes. Occupational license taxes may be levied on businesses as either a flat rate schedule or as a percentage of apportioned net profits or gross receipts. Where both the city and county levy an occupational license tax, a credit may be given, at the option of the local governments, for the amount paid to the city against the occupational license tax of the county. (Consult local jurisdictions for further details.)  
  Taxing Jurisdiction   Tax Rate on
Salaries/Wages
  Tax Rate on
Net Profits/Receipts
 
  County  
  Mercer   0.45%   0.45% (on net profits)  
  City  
  Burgin   No tax   No tax  
  Harrodsburg   1.00%   1.00% (on net profits)  
  School District  
  Burgin Independent Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Mercer County Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Source: Occupational Taxes Spreadsheet - Kentucky Secretary of State, Local Tax Listing - Kentucky Personnel Cabinet   
     

 


 

 

Regulations & Permits

 
 

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet
Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction

Permitting Information: http://www.dhbc.ky.gov/
 
  Typical Building Permits Responsible Division # of plans Time Frame (Days)  
  Site Plan Building Code Enforcement 1 7-30  
  Building/Life Safety Building Code Enforcement 1 7-30  
  Plumbing Plumbing 3 7  
  Fire Protection Fire Prevention 1 7-30  
  Fire Alarm and Monitoring Fire Prevention 1 7-30  
  Fuel Tanks Fire Prevention
Hazardous Materials Section
1 7  
     

 

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Permits, Fees, Regulatory Times, and Contacts

Permitting Program Information:
http://dca.ky.gov/DCA%20Resource%20Document%20Library/KyDEPCommonPermits2.17.14.pdf
 
     

 

 

Utilities

 

 

 
Utilities Providing Service In Mercer County
  Electric  
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Blue Grass Energy Cooperative Corp - 859-885-4191 
    Inter-County Energy Cooperative - 859-236-4561 
    Salt River Electric Cooperative Corp. - 502-348-3931 
 Kentucky Utilities (a PPL company) - 800-383-5582 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Atmos Energy Corporation - 270-685-8069 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Harrodsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant - 859-734-2113 
 Harrodsburg STP2,680,0001,779,000901,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Burgin Water Department - 859-748-5220N/AN/AN/A 
 Harrodsburg Municipal Water Department - 859-734-49716,000,0003,013,7202,986,280 
 Lake Village Water Association - 859-748-5642N/AN/AN/A 
  System information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410  

 


 

 

Quality of Life

 

 

  General Kentucky Quality of Life Information  
  http://www.thinkkentucky.com/kyedc/qualityoflife.aspx  
  Median Home Price (2017): Mercer County - $110,500 for 127 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 55.5 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2017 58 degrees  
  Record Highest, July 2012 (73-year record) 105 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1963 (73-year record) -21 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 4,611  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 1,190  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 45.17 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 13 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2017 49.17 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 129.8  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (70-year record) 39.7  
  Prevailing Winds South  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  1 a.m. 79 percent  
  7 a.m. 83 percent  
  1 p.m. 61 percent  
  7 p.m. 66 percent  
  Note: Heating degree day totals are the sums of positive departures of average daily temperature from 65 degrees F.  Cooling degree day totals are the sum of negative departures of average daily temperature from 65 degrees F.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Climatic Data Center, Local Climatological Data, 2017.
Station of record: Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, KY.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2016-2017  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Burgin Independent Schools 478 13.7  
  Mercer County Schools 2,743 15.2  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.