Lewis County, Kentucky

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Lewis County, Kentucky
Lewis County, Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Lewis County courthouse in Vanceburg, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lewis County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1806
Named for Meriwether Lewis
Seat Vanceburg
Largest city Vanceburg
Area
 • Total 495.70 sq mi (1,284 km2)
 • Land 484.49 sq mi (1,255 km2)
 • Water 11.21 sq mi (29 km2), 2.26%
Population
 • (2010) 13,870
 • Density 28/sq mi (11/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lewischamber.com

Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,870.[1] Its county seat is Vanceburg.[2] The county was founded in 1806 and named for Meriwether Lewis,[3][4]

Lewis County is part of the Maysville Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 495.70 square miles (1,283.9 km2), of which 484.49 square miles (1,254.8 km2) (or 97.74%) is land and 11.21 square miles (29.0 km2) (or 2.26%) is water.[5] It is the fourteenth largest county in Kentucky.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,357
1820 3,973 68.6%
1830 5,229 31.6%
1840 6,306 20.6%
1850 7,202 14.2%
1860 8,361 16.1%
1870 9,115 9.0%
1880 13,154 44.3%
1890 14,803 12.5%
1900 17,868 20.7%
1910 16,887 −5.5%
1920 15,829 −6.3%
1930 14,315 −9.6%
1940 15,686 9.6%
1950 13,520 −13.8%
1960 13,115 −3.0%
1970 12,355 −5.8%
1980 14,545 17.7%
1990 13,029 −10.4%
2000 14,092 8.2%
2010 13,870 −1.6%
Est. 2012 13,835 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 14,092 people, 5,422 households, and 4,050 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 per square mile (11 /km2). There were 6,173 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.92% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,422 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.30% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,208, and the median income for a family was $26,109. Males had a median income of $25,522 versus $18,764 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,031. About 23.50% of families and 28.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.40% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.

Over forty percent of this county gets some kind of government benefit.[9]

Cities and towns[edit]

Public services[edit]

A view of the Lewis County Middle School near Vanceburg from KY 10

The residents of Lewis County are served by the Lewis County School District. The main complex is located west of Vanceburg on KY 10.

Notable individuals from Lewis County[edit]

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. ^ http://www.kyenc.org/entry/l/LEWIS04.html
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36. 
  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. ^ The Geography of Government Benefits
  10. ^ Jenny Lavender. "Madam Butterfly". Portsmouth Daily Times. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°32′N 83°23′W / 38.53°N 83.39°W / 38.53; -83.39