Paducah Remains State’s Top Micropolitan
May 14, 2021
The 2021 Economic Strength Rankings, complied annually by Policom Corp., lists Paducah's micropolitan 130th nationally. Paducah has been the state's top micropolitan for the last 11 years. A micropolitan statistical area is defined as having an urbanized area (city) with a population of at least 10,000 but fewer than 50,000. Metropolitan areas are defined as having at least one urbanized area with a population of at least 50,000.
Paducah's micropolitan area is comprised of McCracken, Ballard, and Livingston Counties and Massac County in Illinois. The rankings measure 23 economic factors over a period of several years, including worker earnings, per capita personal income, construction jobs, retail wages per capita, and medical assistance to the poor.
Bruce Wilcox, President & CEO of Greater Paducah Economic Development stated "the economic rankings reflect the economic development environment that we have, the quality of life, the labor pool, and all the amenities we have to offer."