Hancock County, Kentucky

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Hancock County, Kentucky
Hancock County, Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Old Hancock County courthouse in Hawesville, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hancock County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1829
Named for John Hancock
Seat Hawesville
Largest city Lewisport
Area
 • Total 198.92 sq mi (515 km2)
 • Land 188.80 sq mi (489 km2)
 • Water 10.12 sq mi (26 km2), 5.09%
Population
 • (2010) 8,565
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.hancockky.us

Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,565.[1] Its county seat is Hawesville.[2] Hancock is a prohibition or dry county.

Hancock County is included in the Owensboro, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

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.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Hancock County was formed in 1829 from portions of Breckinridge, Daviess, and Ohio counties.[4] The county is named for John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.[5][6]

The courthouse, the second to serve the county, was built in 1868 and renovated in 1978.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,515
1840 2,581 70.4%
1850 3,853 49.3%
1860 6,213 61.3%
1870 6,591 6.1%
1880 8,563 29.9%
1890 9,214 7.6%
1900 8,914 −3.3%
1910 8,512 −4.5%
1920 6,945 −18.4%
1930 6,147 −11.5%
1940 6,807 10.7%
1950 6,009 −11.7%
1960 5,330 −11.3%
1970 7,080 32.8%
1980 7,742 9.4%
1990 7,864 1.6%
2000 8,392 6.7%
2010 8,565 2.1%
Est. 2012 8,677 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[9]

As of the census[10] 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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 129. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  5. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 35. 
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 148. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 244. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 37°50′N 86°47′W / 37.84°N 86.78°W / 37.84; -86.78