Mason County, Kentucky
|Mason County, Kentucky|
The Mason County courthouse in Maysville, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||George Mason (1725–1792), American revolutionary, patriot and founding father.|
246.60 sq mi (639 km²)
241.11 sq mi (624 km²)
5.49 sq mi (14 km²), 2.23%
71/sq mi (27/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Mason County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2010, the population was 17,490. Its county seat is Maysville. The county is named for George Mason, a Virginia delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention, known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights". Mason County was partitioned from Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1788.
Mason County is part of the Maysville Micropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 246.60 square miles (638.7 km2), of which 241.11 square miles (624.5 km2) (or 97.77%) is land and 5.49 square miles (14.2 km2) (or 2.23%) is water.
Notable people 
- Joshua Bean, first Mayor of San Diego (1850-1851).
Adjacent counties 
- Brown County, Ohio (north, across the Ohio River)
- Adams County, Ohio (northeast, across the Ohio River)
- Lewis County (east)
- Fleming County (south)
- Robertson County (southwest)
- Bracken County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,800 people, 6,847 households, and 4,697 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 per square mile (27 /km2). There were 7,754 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (12 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.88% White, 7.16% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,847 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,195, and the median income for a family was $37,257. Males had a median income of $30,718 versus $21,216 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,589. About 12.90% of families and 16.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.60% of those under age 18 and 13.70% of those age 65 or over.
Cities, towns, and communities 
See also 
- Mason County government's website
- Historical Texts and Images of Mason County
- Mason County school district's website