Lewis County, Kentucky
|Lewis County, Kentucky|
Lewis County courthouse in Vanceburg, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809), of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.|
495.70 sq mi (1,284 km²)
484.49 sq mi (1,255 km²)
11.21 sq mi (29 km²), 2.26%
28/sq mi (11/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
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. It is the fourteenth largest county in Kentucky.
Adjacent counties 
- Adams County, Ohio (north, across the Ohio River)
- Scioto County, Ohio (northeast, across the Ohio River)
- Greenup County (east)
- Carter County (southeast)
- Rowan County (south)
- Fleming County (southwest)
- Mason County (west)
National protected area 
As of the census 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.
Cities and towns 
Public services 
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 
- Faith Esham - performer (opera) and recitalist
- Thomas Marshall (1793–1853) - United States Army general of the Mexican-American War.
See also 
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- The Geography of Government Benefits
- Jenny Lavender. "Madam Butterfly". Portsmouth Daily Times.