Webster County, Kentucky

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Webster County, Kentucky
Webster County Courthouse Kentucky.jpg
Webster County Courthouse in Dixon, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Webster County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1860
Named for Daniel Webster
Seat Dixon
Largest city Providence
Area
 • Total 335.68 sq mi (869 km2)
 • Water 0.93 sq mi (2 km2), 0.28%
Population
 • (2010) 13,621
 • Density 42/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.webstercountyky.com

Webster County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,621.[1] Its county seat is Dixon.[2] The county was formed in 1860 from parts of the counties of Henderson, Hopkins, and Union Counties[3] and named for American statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852).[4] It was mainly pro-Confederate during the American Civil War and was the site several skirmishes and some guerrilla warfare. It is a prohibition or dry county.

Webster County is part of the Evansville, IN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

Webster County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 335.68 square miles (869.4 km2), of which 334.75 square miles (867.0 km2) (or 99.72%) is land and 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2) (or 0.28%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 10,937
1880 14,246 30.3%
1890 17,196 20.7%
1900 20,097 16.9%
1910 20,974 4.4%
1920 20,762 −1.0%
1930 20,534 −1.1%
1940 19,198 −6.5%
1950 15,555 −19.0%
1960 14,244 −8.4%
1970 13,282 −6.8%
1980 14,832 11.7%
1990 13,955 −5.9%
2000 14,120 1.2%
2010 13,621 −3.5%
Est. 2012 13,583 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] of 2010, 5,272 households, and 3,716 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 per square mile (16 /km2). There were 5,936 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.4% White, 4.1% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. 4.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,272 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 19, 5.8% from 20 to 24, 25% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.1 years. 49.7% of the population is male and 50.3% female.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,635, and the median income for a family was $49,580. Males employed full-time had a median income of $41,662 versus $26,502 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,879. About 11.9% of families and 16% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Government officials[edit]

  • County Judge/Executive - James "Jim" Townsend
  • Magistrate - Tony Felker
  • Magistrate - Pete O'Nan
  • County Attorney - William Prow
  • Coroner - Larry Vanover
  • Sheriff - Frankie Springfield
  • Jailer - Terry Elder
  • County Surveyor - Garland Whitledge
  • Property Valuation Administrator - Jeffrey Kelley
  • County Clerk - Valerie Franklin
  • Circuit Clerk - Amy Villines

National Association of Counties[9]

Notable natives[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. ^ http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/formation.html
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 37. 
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Data & Demographics". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 

Coordinates: 37°31′N 87°41′W / 37.52°N 87.68°W / 37.52; -87.68