Allen County, Kentucky

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Allen County, Kentucky
Allen County Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Allen County Courthouse in Scottsville
Map of Kentucky highlighting Allen County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1815
Named for John Allen
Seat Scottsville
Largest city Scottsville
Area
 • Total 352 sq mi (912 km2)
 • Land 344 sq mi (891 km2)
 • Water 7.5 sq mi (19 km2), 2.1%
Population
 • (2010) 19,956
 • Density 58/sq mi (22/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.allencountykentucky.com

Allen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,956.[1] Its county seat is Scottsville.[2] The county is named for Colonel John Allen, a state senator and soldier who was killed leading the 1st Regiment of Kentucky Rifleman at the Battle of Frenchtown, Michigan during the War of 1812.[3] Allen County is a prohibition or completely dry county. It was formed in 1815 from parts of Barren and Warren counties.

Allen County is included in the Bowling Green, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Allen County was established in 1815 from land given by Barren and Warren counties. A courthouse fire in 1902 resulted in the loss of some county records.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 352 square miles (910 km2), of which 344 square miles (890 km2) is land and 7.5 square miles (19 km2) (2.1%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 5,327
1830 6,485 21.7%
1840 7,329 13.0%
1850 8,742 19.3%
1860 9,187 5.1%
1870 10,296 12.1%
1880 12,089 17.4%
1890 13,692 13.3%
1900 14,657 7.0%
1910 14,882 1.5%
1920 16,761 12.6%
1930 15,180 −9.4%
1940 15,496 2.1%
1950 13,787 −11.0%
1960 12,269 −11.0%
1970 12,598 2.7%
1980 14,128 12.1%
1990 14,628 3.5%
2000 17,800 21.7%
2010 19,956 12.1%
Est. 2013 20,311 1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 17,800 people, 6,910 households, and 5,113 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 per square mile (20/km2). There were 8,057 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (8.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.62% White, 1.07% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,910 households out of which 34.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,238, and the median income for a family was $36,815. Males had a median income of $27,587 versus $22,659 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,506. About 13.20% of families and 17.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.40% of those under age 18 and 20.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 36°45′N 86°11′W / 36.75°N 86.19°W / 36.75; -86.19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 34. 
  4. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 187. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.