Paducah Demographics

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.

For information from the U.S. Census Bureau, click Paducah Quick Facts

Population (2020 Census)

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.

Demographic Profile (2020 Census)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 53.6% of the population of Paducah is comprised of females and 46.4% is comprised of males.  

The racial composition of Paducah as reported in the 2020 U.S. Census is as follows:  72.8% White and 21.2% 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, two or more Races, or Hispanic or Latino.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 11,922 households with the majority of households.  The average household size in Paducah is 2.05 persons per household.  

Income and Poverty Level

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in Paducah in 20202 dollars was $39,061.  The percentage of Paducah's population living in poverty is 21.8%. 

Educational Attainment

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 90.6% of the population 25 years of age and older in Paducah has obtained a high school degree (or equivalent).  Furthermore, 26.5% of the population 25 years and over has earned a Bachelor's degree or higher.