Casey County, Kentucky

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Casey County, Kentucky
Casey County Courthouse.jpg
Casey County courthouse in Liberty, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Casey County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1807
Named for Colonel William Casey
Seat Liberty
Largest city Liberty
Area
 • Total 445.73 sq mi (1,154 km2)
 • Land 445.61 sq mi (1,154 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0 km2), 0.03%
Population
 • (2010) 15,955
 • Density 35/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.libertycaseycounty.com

Casey County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,955.[1] Its county seat is Liberty, Kentucky.[2] The county was formed in 1807 from the western part of Lincoln County and named for Colonel William Casey,[3] a pioneer settler who moved his family to Kentucky in 1779. It is the only Kentucky county entirely in the Knobs region. Casey County is home to annual 'Casey County Apple Festival', and is a prohibition or dry county. It is considered part of the Appalachian region of Kentucky.

The highest point in Casey County is Green River Knob at 1,789 feet (545 m).

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 445.73 square miles (1,154.4 km2), of which 445.61 square miles (1,154.1 km2) (or 99.97%) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) (or 0.03%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

History[edit]

Casey County was established in 1807 from land given by Lincoln County. The third and present courthouse was built in 1889.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 3,285
1820 4,349 32.4%
1830 4,342 −0.2%
1840 4,939 13.7%
1850 6,556 32.7%
1860 6,466 −1.4%
1870 8,884 37.4%
1880 10,983 23.6%
1890 11,848 7.9%
1900 15,144 27.8%
1910 15,479 2.2%
1920 17,213 11.2%
1930 16,747 −2.7%
1940 19,962 19.2%
1950 17,446 −12.6%
1960 14,327 −17.9%
1970 12,930 −9.8%
1980 14,818 14.6%
1990 14,211 −4.1%
2000 15,447 8.7%
2010 15,955 3.3%
Est. 2012 16,082 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 15,447 people, 6,260 households, and 4,419 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 per square mile (14 /km2). There were 7,242 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.30% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,260 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.

24.50% of the population was under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,580, and the median income for a family was $27,044. Males had a median income of $22,283 versus $17,885 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,867. About 20.70% of families and 25.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.10% of those under age 18 and 29.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

  • Bethelridge Rural portion of county.
  • Clementsville Rural portion along busy KY70
  • Dunnville Growing area of county along US127, home of Tarter Gate and Tarter Industries. Major improvements planned for US127 and near possible future corridor of KY910 Extension which will make a more direct link to the Cumberland Parkway near Nancy.
  • Liberty County Seat along US127 and KY70. Many new highway improvements completed and in planning stages, as well as proposed addition to Lake Liberty, Somerset Community College location planned for 2013, and an Industrial Park proposal.
  • Middleburg Rural area of county along KY198, near KY70.
  • Phil Popular tourist area less than 30 minutes north of Lake Cumberland and planned construction of new parkway exit for KY910.
  • Creston Fastest growing area of rural Casey County with daycare, stores, massive improvements planned for KY70, and possible future terminus of KY910 Parkway Connector which will use KY206/KY910 corridor and link with Cumberland Parkway at the Nancy Exit. Dollar General store planned for 2013. Improvements to KY70 all the way into Campbellsville being discussed by state highway dept.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 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. 213. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

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Coordinates: 37°19′N 84°56′W / 37.32°N 84.93°W / 37.32; -84.93