Carter County, Kentucky
|Carter County, Kentucky|
Carter County courthouse in Grayson Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||William Grayson Carter|
|• Total||412.15 sq mi (1,067 km2)|
|• Land||410.60 sq mi (1,063 km2)|
|• Water||1.55 sq mi (4 km2), 0.38|
|• Density||67/sq mi (26/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Carter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,720. Its county seat is Grayson, Kentucky. The county was formed in 1838 and was named for William Grayson Carter, a state senator at the time of its creation. The county seat is named for his uncle, Robert Grayson.
Carter County is part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as well as the Charleston-Huntington-Ashland, WV-OH-KY Combined Statistical Area (CSA). As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 412.15 square miles (1,067.5 km2), of which 410.60 square miles (1,063.4 km2) (or 99.62%) is land and 1.55 square miles (4.0 km2) (or 0.38%) is water.
- Greenup County (northeast)
- Boyd County (east)
- Lawrence County (southeast)
- Elliott County (south)
- Rowan County (southwest)
- Lewis County (northwest)
The original courthouse was rebuilt in 1907.
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,889 people, 10,342 households, and 7,746 families residing in the county. The population density was 66 per square mile (25 /km2). There were 11,534 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.02% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 10,342 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 10.80% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% 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 $26,427, and the median income for a family was $31,278. Males had a median income of $28,690 versus $20,554 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,442. About 19.20% of families and 22.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.90% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Carter County is a moist county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except in certain areas as voted on by the residents of the area, with at least one area approving full retail alcohol sales. In the case of Carter County, alcohol sales are only permitted as follows:
- At a single approved winery in the Iron Hill precinct, near the unincorporated community of Carter City.
- Within the city of Grayson after a vote on June 11, 2013 approved full retail alcohol sales within the city limits by a vote of 511 in favor of alcohol sales to 393 against.
In addition to the above areas, a wet/dry election was held in the city of Olive Hill in March 2014, which approved alcohol sales with the city limits by a vote of 257 to 206.  The Olive Hill City Council is now required to consult with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in creating and passing an alcohol sales ordinance before alcohol sales can begin. This process must take at least 60 days after the election is certified. Once this is complete, Olive Hill will become the third area of Carter County to legalize alcohol sales.
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- The Next Step: Grayson council has the task of controlling alcohol sales.
- Grayson takes the first step toward alcohol sales.
- Council approves equipment purchases.
- Olive Hill Votes Wet