Montgomery County, Kentucky

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Montgomery County, Kentucky
Montgomery County, Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Montgomery County courthouse in Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Montgomery County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1796
Named for Richard Montgomery
Seat Mount Sterling
Largest city Mount Sterling
Area
 • Total 198.80 sq mi (515 km2)
 • Land 198.59 sq mi (514 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (1 km2), 0.11%
Population
 • (2010) 26,499
 • Density 114/sq mi (44/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.mtsterlingchamber.com

Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,499.[1] Its county seat is Mount Sterling.[2] With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a moist county—a county in which alcohol sales are prohibited (a dry county), but containing a "wet" city where package alcohol sales are allowed, in this case Mount Sterling.[3]

Montgomery County is part of the Mount Sterling Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 198.80 square miles (514.9 km2), of which 198.59 square miles (514.3 km2) (or 99.89%) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) (or 0.11%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Montgomery County was established in 1796 from land given by Clark County. Montgomery was the 22nd Kentucky county in order of formation.[5]

Montgomery County was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War Brigadier General killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada.[6] An alternative story holds that the County was named for Thomas Montgomery, from Virginia, who served in the Revolutionary War. In 1793 Thomas Montgomery settled in Mt. Sterling. In 1805, Thomas Montgomery moved on to Gibson County, Indiana.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 7,082
1810 12,975 83.2%
1820 9,587 −26.1%
1830 10,240 6.8%
1840 9,332 −8.9%
1850 9,903 6.1%
1860 7,859 −20.6%
1870 7,557 −3.8%
1880 10,566 39.8%
1890 12,367 17.0%
1900 12,834 3.8%
1910 12,868 0.3%
1920 12,245 −4.8%
1930 11,660 −4.8%
1940 12,280 5.3%
1950 13,025 6.1%
1960 13,461 3.3%
1970 15,364 14.1%
1980 20,046 30.5%
1990 19,561 −2.4%
2000 22,554 15.3%
2010 26,499 17.5%
Est. 2012 26,902 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 22,554 people, 8,902 households, and 6,436 families residing in the county. The population density was 114 per square mile (44 /km2). There were 9,682 housing units at an average density of 49 per square mile (19 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.07% White, 3.48% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,902 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.93.

The age distribution was 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,746, and the median income for a family was $36,939. Males had a median income of $31,428 versus $20,941 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,701. About 12.50% of families and 15.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.10% of those under age 18 and 17.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Wet & Dry Counties in Kentucky" (PDF). Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Retrieved March 21, 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. p. 26. 
  6. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°02′N 83°55′W / 38.03°N 83.91°W / 38.03; -83.91