Lincoln County, Kentucky

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Lincoln County, Kentucky
Lincoln County Courthouse (Stanford, Kentucky).jpg
Lincoln County courthouse in Stanford
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1780
Named for Benjamin Lincoln
Seat Stanford
Largest city Stanford
Area
 • Total 337 sq mi (873 km2)
 • Land 334 sq mi (865 km2)
 • Water 2.5 sq mi (6 km2), 0.7%
Population
 • (2010) 24,742
 • Density 74/sq mi (29/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lincolnky.com

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,742.[1] Its county seat is Stanford.[2] Lincoln is a prohibition or "dry county."

Lincoln County is part of the Danville, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Organized in 1780, Lincoln County was not named for the later president (b. 1809), but for the American Revolutionary War general Benjamin Lincoln.[3]

Lincoln was one of the original three counties formed out from Virginia's Kentucky County. (The other two were Fayette and Jefferson counties.) These three were separated from Virginia to create the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792.

The county's original seat was at Harrodsburg, but this was removed to the newly formed Mercer County in 1785.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 337 square miles (870 km2), of which 334 square miles (870 km2) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) (0.7%) is water.[4]

Lincoln County is located in South Central Kentucky in the southern part of the ring of Knobs around the Bluegrass region. It includes the headwaters of the Green River.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 6,548
1800 8,621 31.7%
1810 8,676 0.6%
1820 9,979 15.0%
1830 11,002 10.3%
1840 10,187 −7.4%
1850 10,093 −0.9%
1860 10,647 5.5%
1870 10,947 2.8%
1880 15,080 37.8%
1890 15,962 5.8%
1900 17,059 6.9%
1910 17,897 4.9%
1920 16,481 −7.9%
1930 17,687 7.3%
1940 19,859 12.3%
1950 18,668 −6.0%
1960 16,503 −11.6%
1970 16,663 1.0%
1980 19,053 14.3%
1990 20,045 5.2%
2000 23,361 16.5%
2010 24,742 5.9%
Est. 2013 24,370 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 23,361 people, 9,206 households, and 6,729 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 per square mile (27 /km2). There were 10,127 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.12% White, 2.53% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,206 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.95.

By age, 25.70% of the population was under 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% were 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,542, and the median income for a family was $32,284. Males had a median income of $26,395 versus $20,517 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,602. About 16.40% of families and 21.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.10% of those under age 18 and 22.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°28′N 84°40′W / 37.46°N 84.66°W / 37.46; -84.66