Allen County, Kentucky

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Allen County, Kentucky
Allen County Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Allen County Courthouse in Scottsville, Kentucky
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 352.04 sq mi (912 km2)
 • Land 346.12 sq mi (896 km2)
 • Water 5.92 sq mi (15 km2), 1.68%
Population
 • (2010) 19,956
 • Density 51/sq mi (20/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, Kentucky[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.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 352.04 square miles (911.8 km2), of which 346.12 square miles (896.4 km2) (or 98.32%) is land and 5.92 square miles (15.3 km2) (or 1.68%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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.[5]

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. 2012 20,210 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] 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.

Cities and towns[edit]

Famous 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. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 34. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 187. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.