Magoffin County, Kentucky
|Magoffin County, Kentucky|
Magoffin County justice center in Salyersville, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Beriah Magoffin, Governor of Kentucky (1859–1862).|
309.44 sq mi (801 km²)
309.44 sq mi (801 km²)
0.01 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
43/sq mi (17/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Magoffin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky which was formed from parts of Floyd, Johnson, and Morgan Counties and officially created on 22 February 1860. As of 2010, the population was 13,333. Its county seat is Salyersville. The county is named for Beriah Magoffin who was Governor of Kentucky (1859–62).
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 309.44 square miles (801.4 km2), of which 309.44 square miles (801.4 km2) (or 100%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) (or 0.00%) is water. It is watered by Licking River.
Land Use 
Adjacent counties 
- Morgan County (northwest)
- Johnson County (northeast)
- Floyd County (southeast)
- Knott County (south)
- Breathitt County (southwest)
- Wolfe County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,332 people, 5,024 households, and 3,858 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 per square mile (17 /km2). There were 5,447 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (6.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.29% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.02% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. 0.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There is a significant Melungeon or Black Dutch population in Magoffin County, known locally as the "Brown People of Magoffin County". In a 2007 study by the U.S. Census Bureau, Magoffin County, along with Mitchell County in Iowa, was cited as the U.S. county having the largest percentage of individuals in the demographic category of "Non-Hispanic white alone."
There were 5,024 households out of which 37.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.20% were non-families. 21.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $19,421, and the median income for a family was $24,031. Males had a median income of $27,745 versus $18,354 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,685. About 31.20% of families and 36.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.90% of those under age 18 and 29.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
Notable natives and residents 
- Chris Bailey, WKYT Chief Meteorologist
- Jim Caldwell, WYMT chief meteorologist, grew up in Salyersville.
- Jimmy Flynt, Co-Founder of Hustler magazine
- Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine
- Rebecca Lynn Howard, country music singer
- Buell Kazee, folk singer, banjo player and minister
- Charlie Sizemore, bluegrass music singer/songwriter and attorney
- W. H. Stepp, notable old-time fiddler
See also 
- Big Sandy Area Development District
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Magoffin County, Kentucky
- "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.
- "Magoffin". The American Cyclopædia. 1879.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Minority Population is Booming Nationally and in Utah - Science News". redOrbit. 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- Magoffin County Schools
- The Kentucky Highlands Project
- The Magoffin County Historical Society
- Sandy Valley Transportation Services, Inc.