Jessamine County, Kentucky
|Jessamine County, Kentucky|
Jessamine County courthouse in Nicholasville, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Jessamine Creek|
174.45 sq mi (452 km²)
173.13 sq mi (448 km²)
1.32 sq mi (3 km²), 0.76%
226/sq mi (87/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Jessamine County, founded in December of 1798, is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is within the Inner Blue Grass region, which was the center of farming and blooded stock raising, including thoroughbred horses. It was formed in 1799. The population was 48,586 in the 2010 Census. Its county seat is Nicholasville. Jessamine County is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.
With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a "moist county", where alcohol sales are prohibited (a dry county), but that contains a "wet" city, in this case Nicholasville, where package alcohol sales are allowed. The Chrisman Mill Vineyards is also authorized to operate and sell its product in the dry portion of the county.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 174.45 square miles (451.8 km2), of which 173.13 square miles (448.4 km2) (or 99.24%) is land and 1.32 square miles (3.4 km2) (or 0.76%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Fayette County (northeast)
- Madison County (southeast)
- Garrard County (south)
- Mercer County (southwest)
- Woodford County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 39,041 people, 13,867 households, and 10,663 families residing in the county. The population density was 226 per square mile (87 /km2). There were 14,646 housing units at an average density of 85 per square mile (33 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.44% White, 3.13% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 1.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 13,867 households out of which 38.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.10% were non-families. 18.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.05.
The age distribution was 26.40% under the age of 18, 11.60% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 9.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $40,096, and the median income for a family was $46,152. Males had a median income of $32,340 versus $23,771 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,842. About 8.40% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
The Lexington Area MPO is responsible for transportation planning for Fayette and Jessamine Counties. This includes activities such as carpool matching, administering a commuter vanpool program, air quality forecasting, bicycle and pedestrian planning, congestion management, and developing transportation plans and documents.
See also 
- "Jessamine County". Kyenc.org. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Wet & Dry Counties in Kentucky". Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Official website of Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Official website of Jessamine County
- Official website of Camp Nelson Civil War Historic Site