Lyon County, Kentucky
|Lyon County, Kentucky|
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Chittenden Lyon, United States Representative (1827–1835).|
256.42 sq mi (664 km²)
215.70 sq mi (559 km²)
40.71 sq mi (105 km²), 15.88%
38/sq mi (15/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Lyon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 8,080. Its county seat is Eddyville. Separated from Caldwell County, Kentucky in 1854, although Eddyville was that county's seat prior to the separation, the county was named for former Congressman Chittenden Lyon.
It is a limited dry county, meaning that the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited except by the drink in restaurants in the city of Kuttawa that seat at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of total sales from food.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 256.42 square miles (664.1 km2), of which 215.70 square miles (558.7 km2) (or 84.12%) is land and 40.71 square miles (105.4 km2) (or 15.88%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Crittenden County (north)
- Caldwell County (east)
- Trigg County (south)
- Marshall County (southwest)
- Livingston County (northwest)
National protected area 
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,080 people, 2,898 households, and 2,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 per square mile (15 /km2). There were 4,189 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.86% White, 6.72% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
- English - 21%
- Irish - 15%
- German - 12%
- African - 7%
- French - 4%
- Scottish - 2%
- Scots-Irish - 20%
- Dutch - 2%
There were 2,898 households out of which 25.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.70.
The age distribution was 15.80% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 32.90% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 133.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 138.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,694, and the median income for a family was $39,940. Males had a median income of $36,034 versus $21,806 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,016. About 10.20% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.30% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
Notable residents 
- Hylan Benton Lyon, Confederate general and Kentucky political figure.
- Forrest Pogue, World War II Historian, born in Lyon County, 1912
See also