Russell County, Kentucky

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Russell County, Kentucky
Russell County Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Russell County courthouse in Jamestown, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Russell County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded December 14, 1825
Named for William Russell
Seat Jamestown
Largest city Russell Springs
Area
 • Total 282.82 sq mi (733 km2)
 • Land 253.53 sq mi (657 km2)
 • Water 29.29 sq mi (76 km2), 10.36%
Population
 • (2010) 17,565
 • Density 64/sq mi (25/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.russellcountyky.com

Russell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,565.[1] Its county seat is Jamestown.[2] The county is named for William Russell. It is a prohibition or dry county, meaning that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 282.82 square miles (732.5 km2), of which 253.53 square miles (656.6 km2) (or 89.64%) is land and 29.29 square miles (75.9 km2) (or 10.36%) is water.[3] The highest point is 1,140 feet (350 m) atop Dickerson Ridge in the extreme northern part of the county and the lowest point is 530 feet (160 m) along the Cumberland River.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Industrial development[edit]

The Russell County Industrial Development Authority (RCIDA) is used to locate available state and local incentives, efficiently channel building permits, provide statistical information, secure quality service accounts and deliver a range of other services to businesses interested in locating in Russell County.

The RCIDA Board draws its members from key areas of the county's business and industrial community with executives representing the areas of finance, public utilities, construction, development and business. They have a singular purpose: to give businesses a foundation for success in Russell County.

History[edit]

Russell County was formed on December 14, 1825 from portions of Adair, Cumberland and Wayne counties. It was named after Colonel William Russell.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 3,879
1840 4,238 9.3%
1850 5,349 26.2%
1860 6,024 12.6%
1870 5,809 −3.6%
1880 7,591 30.7%
1890 8,136 7.2%
1900 9,695 19.2%
1910 10,861 12.0%
1920 11,854 9.1%
1930 11,930 0.6%
1940 13,615 14.1%
1950 13,717 0.7%
1960 11,076 −19.3%
1970 10,542 −4.8%
1980 13,708 30.0%
1990 14,716 7.4%
2000 16,315 10.9%
2010 17,565 7.7%
Est. 2012 17,497 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 16,315 people, 6,941 households, and 4,796 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 per square mile (25 /km2). There were 9,064 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.34% White, 0.58% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,941 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.50% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,042, and the median income for a family was $27,803. Males had a median income of $24,193 versus $18,289 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,183. About 20.40% of families and 24.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.80% of those under age 18 and 27.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

See also[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

  • William Perryman (1759-1854), born in Charles County, Maryland, engaged in military service during the War of the American Revolution, apparent son of John Perryman and Mary Hays Perryman, husband of Ann Stokes Perryman (ca. 1761-after 1829), father of Sarah Perryman Grider (ca. 187-ca. 1884), and third-great-grandfather of Erwin Heinrich Lepiarczyk II. The grave of William Perryman is located in the Perryman Cemetery on the farm he established as a pioneer in Adair County, Kentucky; presently located in Russell County, Kentucky.

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. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 36°59′N 85°04′W / 36.99°N 85.06°W / 36.99; -85.06