Fulton County, Kentucky
|Fulton County, Kentucky|
Fulton County Courthouse in Hickman, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Robert Fulton (1765–1815), inventor of the first commercially successful steamboat|
|• Total||230.55 sq mi (597 km2)|
|• Land||208.95 sq mi (541 km2)|
|• Water||21.60 sq mi (56 km2), 9.37%|
|• Density||18/sq mi (7/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Fulton County is the westernmost county of the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1845 from Hickman County, Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 7,752. Its county seat is Hickman. The county is named for Robert Fulton, whose steamboat invention became an invaluable mode of transportation on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Pro-Confederate during the American Civil War, Fulton County saw both armies pass through it during the conflict.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 230.55 square miles (597.1 km2), of which 208.95 square miles (541.2 km2) (or 90.63%) is land and 21.60 square miles (55.9 km2) (or 9.37%) is water. About 11 square miles (28 km2) of the county is separated from the rest of the state by the Mississippi River, requiring travelers to cross into Tennessee by road (there is no bridge from Missouri), to reach the Kentucky Bend exclave. The lowest point in the state of Kentucky is located on the Mississippi River in Kentucky Bend in Fulton County, where it flows out of Kentucky and into Tennessee and Missouri.
- Mississippi County, Missouri (northwest, across the Mississippi River)
- Hickman County (northeast)
- Obion County, Tennessee (south)
- Lake County, Tennessee (southwest)
- New Madrid County, Missouri (west, across the Mississippi River)
National protected area
Fulton County was established in 1845 from land given by Hickman County.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,752 people, 3,237 households, and 2,113 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 per square mile (14 /km2). There were 3,697 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (6.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 75.12% White, 23.19% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,237 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.40% were married couples living together, 18.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.70% were non-families. 32.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $24,382, and the median income for a family was $30,788. Males had a median income of $26,401 versus $19,549 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,309. About 20.10% of families and 23.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.30% of those under age 18 and 16.00% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- Also see: Kentucky Bend
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