Whitley County was organized effective April 1, 1839. The county was named in honor of Colonel William Whitley of Lincoln County, Kentucky. The population of the county in 1840 was 1,237 and had grown to 30,707 by 2000. The county covers about 324 square miles. This data obtained from www.countyhistory.com.
In 2011 Whitley had a per capita personal income (PCPI) of $33,958. This PCPI ranked 35th in the state and was 95 percent of the state average, $35,689, and 82 percent of the national average, $41,560. The 2011 PCPI reflected an increase of 7.8 percent from 2010. The 2010-2011 state change was 4.9 percent and the national change was 4.4 percent. In 2001 the PCPI of Whitley was $26,082 and ranked 31st in the state. The 2001-2011 compound annual growth rate of PCPI was 2.7 percent. The compound annual growth rate for the state was 2.4 percent and for the nation was 2.9 percent. This data provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis BEAR Facts.
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