Leslie County, Kentucky

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Leslie County, Kentucky
Leslie County Kentucky Courthouse.jpg
Leslie County courthouse in Hyden, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Leslie County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1878
Named for Preston Leslie
Seat Hyden
Largest city Hyden
Area
 • Total 404.36 sq mi (1,047 km2)
 • Land 404.03 sq mi (1,046 km2)
 • Water 0.33 sq mi (1 km2), 0.08%
Population
 • (2010) 11,310
 • Density 28/sq mi (11/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lesliecounty.ky.gov

Leslie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,310.[1] Its county seat is Hyden.[2] Leslie is a prohibition or dry county.

History[edit]

Leslie County was founded in 1878. It was named for Preston H. Leslie, Governor of Kentucky (1871-1875).[3]

An explosion in a Leslie County coal mine in 1970 killed 38 people.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 404.36 square miles (1,047.3 km2), of which 404.03 square miles (1,046.4 km2) (or 99.92%) is land and 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2) (or 0.08%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 3,740
1890 3,964 6.0%
1900 6,753 70.4%
1910 8,976 32.9%
1920 10,097 12.5%
1930 10,765 6.6%
1940 14,981 39.2%
1950 15,537 3.7%
1960 10,941 −29.6%
1970 11,623 6.2%
1980 14,882 28.0%
1990 13,642 −8.3%
2000 12,401 −9.1%
2010 11,310 −8.8%
Est. 2012 11,170 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 12,401 people, 4,885 households, and 3,668 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 per square mile (12 /km2). There were 5,502 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.18% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,885 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 12.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 22.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $18,546, and the median income for a family was $22,225. Males had a median income of $28,708 versus $18,080 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,429. About 30.20% of families and 32.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.80% of those under age 18 and 27.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Economy[edit]

Coal companies in Leslie County[edit]

Films[edit]

  • 1982 - The Big Lever: Party Politics in Leslie County, Kentucky. Directed by Frances Morton. Whitesburg, Kentucky: Appalshop.

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. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36. 
  4. ^ http://www.kyenc.org/entry/l/LESLI02.html
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  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. 
  9. ^ James River Coal Company – Blue Diamond complex
  10. ^ James River Coal Company – Bledsoe complex

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°05′N 83°23′W / 37.09°N 83.38°W / 37.09; -83.38