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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Campbell County Trails Boone & Kenton Counties in Latest Income, Employment, and Education Indicators

This week, the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics released its 2014-15 Kentucky County Profile Report which complied statistics on each Kentucky County relating to income, education and employment data.

These reports showed that when compared to Boone and Kenton Counties, Campbell County has the:
·      Lowest Median Household Income
·      Lowest Per Capita Income
·      Highest Unemployment Rate
·      Highest Rate of Residents Without a High School Diploma or Equivalent
·      Lowest Rate of Public High School Students Not Attending College
·      Lowest Rate of Residents Attaining a Bachelor’s Degree of Higher

Campbell County Judge-Executive Candidate Kevin Sell (R-Alexandria) made the following comments concerning the report:

“This is a sad day for Campbell County.  There was a time not so long ago when Campbell County was a leader in these areas,” said Sell.  “Our county is falling behind due to a lack of economic leadership.  For the last 16 years, the county administration has focused on recruiting jobs to other parts of Northern Kentucky instead of Campbell County and now those policies are having disastrous results on Campbell County families.

“I’m especially disturbed that the proud home of Northern Kentucky University is last among Northern Kentucky counties in both those that attend college and those that finish college,” Sell continued.  “If you couple those cold hard facts with the evidence that household and per capita income is lower in Campbell County than in Boone and Kenton, it becomes clear that the lack of economic activity in our county has put enough of a financial strain on our families that sending their children to college is becoming a harder goal to grasp.”

“It’s time to stop with the complacency and get aggressive on our economic efforts in Campbell County.  We must cultivate a growing relationship with existing industrial entities, facilitate growth with NKU, in terms of their campus and surrounding communities, and better support our County regional employers,” said Sell.  “On my first day as Judge-Executive, creating jobs in our county will be a day one priority.   I want people to live and work in our county to the greatest extent possible.”

According to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) report, the Center collects and links data to evaluate education and workforce efforts in the Commonwealth. This includes developing reports and providing statistical data about these efforts so policy makers, agencies, and the general public can make better informed decisions.  The reports contain a mixture of education, population, employment, and other data about each of Kentucky’s 120 counties, as well as our Area Development Districts, and Workforce Investment Boards. The data are compiled from a variety of federal, state, and independent data sources and are prepared by KCEWS staff.

The full statistics are available at

Source// Press Release


  1. I looked at the comparison, Campbell is the smallest county and the numbers for Campbell are ver close to Kenton, Boone has a airport they should be doing better. Mr Sells says create jobs, look around there is a new subdivision on 27 behind Skyline, a 50 million dollar Baptist Village in Alexandria, across the street from the other new one being built. Newport has new hotels, condos etc. We need more infrastructure,sewers,etc Our terrain is hilly noy flat llike Kenton and Boone. But most important we are Fiscally sound with some of the lowest taxes in the state. Fiscal Court is doing great considering Ohio has casinos and allot of money. Quit beating them up they do a good job. Mr Sells worked at the airport and not in Campbell, why didn't he start a business here...

  2. Have to agree. Campbell and Boone simply can't be compared. With reference to Kenton, Campbell and Kenton's statistics are very close, and if you look at previous years' statistics, Campbell County has come a long way. This article pays the closest attention to negative statistics while neglecting the positive.