Lyon County, Kentucky

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Lyon County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lyon County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1854
Named for Chittenden Lyon
Seat Eddyville
Largest city Eddyville
Area
 • Total 257 sq mi (666 km2)
 • Land 214 sq mi (554 km2)
 • Water 43 sq mi (111 km2), 17%
Population
 • (2010) 8,314
 • Density 39/sq mi (15/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.lyoncounty.com

Lyon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,314.[1] Its county seat is Eddyville.[2] The county was formed from Caldwell County, Kentucky in 1854 and named for former Congressman Chittenden Lyon.[3]

It is a limited dry county, meaning that the sale of alcohol 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.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 257 square miles (670 km2), of which 214 square miles (550 km2) is land and 43 square miles (110 km2) (17%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,307
1870 6,233 17.4%
1880 6,768 8.6%
1890 7,628 12.7%
1900 9,319 22.2%
1910 9,423 1.1%
1920 8,795 −6.7%
1930 8,530 −3.0%
1940 9,067 6.3%
1950 6,853 −24.4%
1960 5,924 −13.6%
1970 5,562 −6.1%
1980 6,490 16.7%
1990 6,624 2.1%
2000 8,080 22.0%
2010 8,314 2.9%
Est. 2013 8,451 1.6%
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 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.

The largest ancestry groups in Lyon County, Kentucky according to the census[9] of 2000 are:

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.

Communities[edit]

Notable residents[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. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 37°03′32″N 88°06′49″W / 37.058964°N 88.113643°W / 37.058964; -88.113643