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Why Hazard and Perry County, KY?


From humble beginnings, Perry County has been developed by visionaries leading the way into modern times. Hazard, Perry County's county seat, has earned the title of “Queen City of the Mountains”. Lush green mountains, fish-filled streams and true country hospitality are among the jewels in the crown of Hazard and Perry County, Kentucky. Rich in natural resources, Perry County's history is tied to the coal and lumber industries. Both industries, along with other significant historical events are highlighted in Hazard's own museum.

From Site Selection Magazine, William Atkinson writes, "Why would a company locate its business in a small town, far from the economic activity of large cities? Such a decision doesn't make sense for every company. But for some it makes perfect sense. To begin with, a company with customers in a number of large cities may find that the central location for all of them happens to be "in the middle of nowhere." But there are other reasons. Some companies find that small towns roll out the red carpets and provide extremely individualized and personalized service — the opposite of what they may encounter when setting up business in a large city. Others find that certain rural areas have uniquely experienced work forces, which reduces supplemental recruiting and training expenses. A fourth reason is community pride. That is, some small towns offer a cohesive presence to employers. A final reason can be the most basic of all: The raw materials are there."

So, why Perry County?  Because the raw materials are here.

Top & Targeted Industries

  • Manufacturing
    Boyette Strategic Advisors, in an investigative study for EKCEP, reports, “Occupations that have compatible skill sets to key mining sector occupations are found in metal and equipment manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, plastics product manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing." Perry County currently has 3 industrial facilities ready to go.
  • Health Care And Social Assistance
    From a regional outlook, the healthcare industry employs nearly 10,000 people. Perry County is home to Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center (ARH). This facility has grown tremendously over the past several years becoming Perry County's largest single employer. Based on direct interview, ARH employs close to 15% of Perry County's workforce. By 2-digit NAICS code, Healthcare and Social Assistance accounted for approximately one-fourth of Perry County's workforce. Many cluster businesses have been developed providing jobs in clinics, pharmacies, rehabilitation centers, and many others. At either Hazard Community and Technical College, or other learning facilities within the region, certification programs are offered in health information technology, medical information technology, medical laboratory technology, radiography, nursing, and many others to train and/or retrain Perry County's workforce. In the very near future, the Galen College of Nursing will be locating in Perry County, which will offer practical (LPN), registered (RN), bachelor's (BSN), and master's (MSN) level nursing programs.
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing And Hunting
    Agriculture presents an interesting opportunity in Perry County since commercial farming operations are not currently a large employer. According to statistics, Perry County had 49 farm operations on 10,953 acres. That represented 5% of total county land. Compared to the state and the nation, Kentucky farm operations made up 51.6% of the state's total area, and U.S. farm operations made up 40.5% of the nation's total land area. In an August 30, 2009 article in The Lexington Herald Leader, Bill Estep writes, “Relatively little land is being managed to produce hay or provide pasture for domesticated animals, even though tens of thousands of acres have been reclaimed as hay or pasture land since the late 1970s, according to coal- and agricultural-production statistics.” Agriculture presents a big opportunity for Perry County and would fit well given the availability of land and resources.

Our People

Boyette Strategic Advisors, in an investigative study for EKCEP, reports, “Occupations that have compatible skill sets to key mining sector occupations are found in metal and equipment manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, plastics product manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing. The rail industry provides a particularly strong match from a skills perspective.”

Our Region

Perry County is home to Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, which features camping, hiking trails, boating, fishing, and fresh air.  Take a drone's eye look at the lake, marina, and lodge to see why it is a popular spot for outdoor recreation.

Join Our Community

We have things going on.  Please visit our Community Calendar.  Take a drone's eye tour of Hazard.

Did You Know?

  • General Elijah Combs was the founder of Hazard and Perry County, Kentucky on November 2, 1820 which he named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval hero of the War of 1812.

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 28,041  
Median Age 41.4  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 2,737 14.01%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 14,278 73.08%
Civilian Labor Force 10,876 47.98%
Median Household Income $32,667  
Median Earnings for Workers $35,915  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius Tri-Cities Rgnl Tn/Va
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius None
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Julian Carroll
Tucker-Guthrie Memorial
Wendell H Ford