Fulton County, Kentucky

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Fulton County, Kentucky
Fulton County Courthouse.jpg
Fulton County Courthouse in Hickman
Map of Kentucky highlighting Fulton County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1845
Named for Robert Fulton
Seat Hickman
Largest city Fulton
Area
 • Total 231 sq mi (598 km2)
 • Land 206 sq mi (534 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (65 km2), 11%
Population
 • (2010) 6,813
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Fulton County is the westernmost county of the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,813.[1] Its county seat is Hickman.[2] The county was formed in 1845 from Hickman County, Kentucky and named for Robert Fulton, the inventor of steamboat.[3][4]

Pro-Confederate during the American Civil War, Fulton County saw both armies pass through it during the conflict.[5] Because of imprecise early surveying of Kentucky's southern border, Fulton County is divided into two non-contiguous parts.

Fulton County is part of the Union City, TN–KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Martin-Union City, TN-KY Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 231 square miles (600 km2), of which 206 square miles (530 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (11%) is water.[6] 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.

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 4,446
1860 5,317 19.6%
1870 6,161 15.9%
1880 7,977 29.5%
1890 10,005 25.4%
1900 11,546 15.4%
1910 14,114 22.2%
1920 15,197 7.7%
1930 14,927 −1.8%
1940 15,413 3.3%
1950 13,668 −11.3%
1960 11,256 −17.6%
1970 10,183 −9.5%
1980 8,971 −11.9%
1990 8,271 −7.8%
2000 7,752 −6.3%
2010 6,813 −12.1%
Est. 2013 6,385 −6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. 35. 
  4. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 235. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Fulton County, Kentucky Genealogy, Facts, Records & Links". Genealogyinc.com. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 36°33′N 89°11′W / 36.55°N 89.19°W / 36.55; -89.19