Paducah is the only incorporated community in McCracken County. Paducah is located along the Ohio River below the mouth of the Tennessee River. McCracken County covers an area of approximately 249 square miles. Paducah is situated half way between St. Louis, Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee along Interstate-24.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2020 Paducah had a population of 27,137. In 2010, Paducah's population was 25,024. The City experienced an 8.44% growth between 2010 and 2020.
McCracken County had a population of 67,875 reported in the 2020 Census. McCracken County also has grown since its 2010 population of 65,565. For population changes over the past 40 years and population forecasts, see Chapter Two of the Comprehensive Plan.
Note: These statistics will be updated with the 2020 Census numbers soon.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 46.0% of the population of Paducah is comprised of males and 54.0% is comprised of females. The median age in Paducah is 41.4 years of age.
The racial composition of Paducah as reported in the 2010 U.S. Census is as follows: 71.0% White and 23.7% African-American with the remaining percentages being comprised with persons who reported their races as either American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, Other race reported, two or more Races, or Hispanic or Latino.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 there were 11,462 households with the majority of households in Paducah one- (41.5%) or two-person (30.9%) households. The average household size in Paducah is 2.09 persons per household.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 5-year estimate for 2008-2012, the median household income in Paducah was $32,011. The percentage of Paducah's population that is below the poverty level is 23.2%.
For McCracken County, the median household income was $41,630. For the State of Kentucky, the median household income was $41,576.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 5-year estimate for 2008-2012, 84.5% of the population 25 years of age and older in Paducah has obtained a high school degree (or equivalent). Furthermore, 19.7% of the population 25 years and over has earned a Bachelor's degree or higher.