Perry County, Kentucky

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Perry County, Kentucky
Perry County Courthouse, Hazard.jpg
County courthouse in Hazard
Map of Kentucky highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1821
Named for Oliver Hazard Perry
Seat Hazard
Largest city Hazard
Area
 • Total 343 sq mi (888 km2)
 • Land 340 sq mi (881 km2)
 • Water 2.9 sq mi (8 km2), 0.9%
Population
 • (2010) 28,712
 • Density 85/sq mi (33/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.perrycounty.ky.gov

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,712.[1] Its county seat is Hazard.[2] The county was founded in 1821.[3] Both the county and county seat are named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval hero in the War of 1812.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 343 square miles (890 km2), of which 340 square miles (880 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) (0.9%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 3,330
1840 3,089 −7.2%
1850 3,092 0.1%
1860 3,950 27.7%
1870 4,274 8.2%
1880 5,607 31.2%
1890 6,331 12.9%
1900 8,276 30.7%
1910 11,255 36.0%
1920 26,042 131.4%
1930 42,186 62.0%
1940 47,828 13.4%
1950 46,566 −2.6%
1960 34,961 −24.9%
1970 26,259 −24.9%
1980 33,763 28.6%
1990 30,283 −10.3%
2000 29,390 −2.9%
2010 28,712 −2.3%
Est. 2013 28,010 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 29,390 people, 11,460 households, and 8,491 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 per square mile (33 /km2). There were 12,741 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 1.64% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,460 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.20% 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 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,089, and the median income for a family was $26,718. Males had a median income of $31,702 versus $20,502 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,224. About 26.10% of families and 29.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.00% of those under age 18 and 20.60% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public[edit]

The county has two school districts:

Perry County Schools[edit]

This district covers the entire county except for the city of Hazard.

Hazard Independent Schools[edit]

This district essentially encompasses the city of Hazard. See this link for a more accurate map of the Hazard district boundary.

Private[edit]

Economy[edit]

Coal companies in Perry County[edit]

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Communities[edit]

Notable resident[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. ^ http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Arch Coal - Hazard Complex
  12. ^ James River Coal Company – Leeco complex
  13. ^ James River Coal Company – Blue Diamond complex
  14. ^ Perry - TECO Coal

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°14′N 83°14′W / 37.24°N 83.23°W / 37.24; -83.23