LaRue County, Kentucky

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LaRue County, Kentucky
Larue County Kentucky courthouse.jpg
LaRue County courthouse in Hodgenville, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting LaRue County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Named for John Larue
Seat Hodgenville
Largest city Hodgenville
Area
 • Total 263.72 sq mi (683 km2)
 • Land 263.20 sq mi (682 km2)
 • Water 0.53 sq mi (1 km2), 0.20%
Population
 • (2010) 14,193
 • Density 54/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.laruecounty.org

LaRue County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,193.[1] Its county seat is Hodgenville,[2] a city better known for being the birthplace of United States President Abraham Lincoln. LaRue is a prohibition or dry county.

LaRue County is included in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 263.72 square miles (683.0 km2), of which 263.20 square miles (681.7 km2) (or 99.80%) is land and 0.53 square miles (1.4 km2) (or 0.20%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

History[edit]

LaRue County was formed on March 4, 1843 from portions of Hardin County.[4] It was named after John LaRue, an early settler in this area.[5] It contains the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 5,859
1860 6,891 17.6%
1870 8,235 19.5%
1880 9,793 18.9%
1890 9,433 −3.7%
1900 10,764 14.1%
1910 10,701 −0.6%
1920 10,004 −6.5%
1930 9,093 −9.1%
1940 9,622 5.8%
1950 9,956 3.5%
1960 10,346 3.9%
1970 10,672 3.2%
1980 11,922 11.7%
1990 11,679 −2.0%
2000 13,373 14.5%
2010 14,193 6.1%
Est. 2012 14,151 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 13,373 people, 5,275 households, and 3,866 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 5,860 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.65% White, 3.54% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,275 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,056, and the median income for a family was $37,786. Males had a median income of $30,907 versus $20,091 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,865. 15.40% of the population and 12.60% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.90% are under the age of 18 and 16.40% are 65 or older.

Cities and towns[edit]

Churches[edit]

  • Hodgenville United Methodist Church
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
  • LaRue Baptist Church, an Independent Baptist church
  • Victory Baptist Church
  • First Baptist Church of Hodgenville (mostly white congregation relocated from Downtown Hodgenville to near Lincoln Parkway on the edge of the city limits.)
  • First Baptist Church on Lincoln Blvd (mostly black congregation)
  • Buffalo Baptist Church
  • Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
  • Union Christian Church
  • Magnolia Baptist Church
  • Roanoake House of Prayer
  • Lane Lincoln Baptist Church
  • Athertonville Baptist Church
  • Oakhill Baptist Church

Lincoln Days[edit]

LaRue County is home to the annual Lincoln Days celebration, which takes place on the first full weekend of each October. The festival is Friday through Sunday. Highlights include the Lincoln Look-A-Like contests, rail-splitting competitions, a parade at noon on Saturday, shopping booths and concerts by local talent (mostly country, bluegrass and Southern gospel).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 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. ^ http://www.kyenc.org/entry/l/LARUE02.html
  5. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 35. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 37°34′36″N 85°41′12″W / 37.57667°N 85.68667°W / 37.57667; -85.68667