Mercer County, Kentucky
|Mercer County, Kentucky|
Mercer County Courthouse in Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Hugh Mercer|
253.11 sq mi (656 km²)
250.92 sq mi (650 km²)
2.20 sq mi (6 km²), 0.87%
83/sq mi (32/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Mercer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 20,817. Its county seat is Harrodsburg. The county was formed from Lincoln County in 1786 and is named for Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer, who was killed at the Battle of Princeton in 1777. It is a prohibition or dry county, though Harrodsburg and Pleasant Hill allow the sale of alcohol by the drink.
Pleasant Hill, also known as Shakertown, is the site of a former Shaker community, active especially during the years before the American Civil War. It is a National Historic Landmark District, consisting of more than 30 historic buildings. The district also includes acres of farm and parkland.
The Union Army's 19th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry was organized at Camp Harwood in Harrodsburg, Kentucky during the American Civil War and mustered in for a three-year enlistment on January 2, 1862 under the command of Colonel William J. Landram. Other county men served in the Confederate Army.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 253.11 square miles (655.6 km2), of which 250.92 square miles (649.9 km2) (or 99.13%) is land and 2.20 square miles (5.7 km2) (or 0.87%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Anderson County (north)
- Woodford County (northeast)
- Jessamine County (east)
- Garrard County (southeast)
- Boyle County (south)
- Washington County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,817 people, 8,423 households, and 6,039 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 per square mile (32 /km2). There were 9,289 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.00% White, 3.69% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 1.27% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.
There were 8,423 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.93.
By age, 24.40% of the population was under 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was US $35,555, and the median income for a family was $43,121. Males had a median income of $33,657 versus $22,418 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,972. About 10.00% of families and 12.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.40% of those under age 18 and 12.00% of those age 65 or over.
Law and Government 
District Court Judge:
Circuit Court Judge:
Family Court Judge:
Notable residents 
- John Adair, member of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, also governor of Kentucky
Local Attractions 
- Old Fort Harrod State Park, features a reconstruction of Fort Harrod, the first permanent settlement in the state of Kentucky.
See also 
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Life Magazine 1942
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1963.