Hancock County, Kentucky
|Hancock County, Kentucky|
Old Hancock County courthouse in Hawesville, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||John Hancock (1737–1793), signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.|
198.92 sq mi (515 km²)
188.80 sq mi (489 km²)
10.12 sq mi (26 km²), 5.09%
44/sq mi (17/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 8,392. It is included in the Owensboro, Kentucky, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Hawesville. Hancock is a prohibition or dry county.
Hancock County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 198.92 square miles (515.2 km2), of which 188.80 square miles (489.0 km2) (or 94.91%) is land and 10.12 square miles (26.2 km2) (or 5.09%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Spencer County, Indiana (northwest, across the Ohio River)
- Perry County, Indiana (northeast, across the Ohio River)
- Breckinridge County (southeast)
- Ohio County (south)
- Daviess County (west)
Hancock County was formed in 1829 from portions of Breckinridge, Daviess, and Ohio counties. The county is named for John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,392 people, 3,215 households, and 2,436 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 per square mile (17 /km2). There were 3,600 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,215 households out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.40% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.20% were non-families. 21.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,914, and the median income for a family was $42,994. Males had a median income of $35,294 versus $23,574 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,623. About 11.40% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 15.80% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
See also 
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- Rennick, Robert M. (1987). "Kentucky Place Names". University Press of Kentucky. p. 129. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.