Woodford County, Kentucky
|Woodford County, Kentucky|
Woodford County courthouse in Versailles, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||William Woodford|
|• Total||191.98 sq mi (497 km2)|
|• Land||190.68 sq mi (494 km2)|
|• Water||1.30 sq mi (3 km2), 0.68%|
|• Density||122/sq mi (47/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Woodford County is a county located in the heart of the Bluegrass region of the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,939. Its county seat is Versailles. The county is named for General William Woodford, who was with General George Washington at Valley Forge.
Woodford County is part of the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Woodford County is home to Kentucky's oldest bourbon whiskey distillery, Labrot & Graham (established 1812), maker of Woodford Reserve; and to the Life Adventure Center, the Weisenberger flour mill, Castle post hotel, and the former Old Taylor Distillery.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 191.98 square miles (497.2 km2), of which 190.68 square miles (493.9 km2) (or 99.32%) is land and 1.30 square miles (3.4 km2) (or 0.68%) is water.
- Franklin County (northwest)
- Scott County (northeast)
- Fayette County (east)
- Jessamine County (southeast)
- Mercer County (southwest)
- Anderson County (west)
The county was formed from a part of Fayette County, Virginia in 1788. It was named for William Woodford, an American Revolutionary War general from Virginia who died while a prisoner of war in 1780. It was the last of the original nine counties established that formed the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792. 
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,208 people, 8,893 households, and 6,643 families residing in the county. The population density was 122 per square mile (47 /km2). There were 9,374 housing units at an average density of 49 per square mile (19 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.08% White, 5.41% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 2.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 8,893 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.30% were non-families. 21.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $49,491, and the median income for a family was $58,218. Males had a median income of $39,284 versus $27,972 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,839. About 5.20% of families and 7.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- John Buford, Union cavalry officer during the American Civil War
- Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler, Sr., Governor, baseball commissioner
- Ben Chandler, U.S. Representative
- John Conlee, country music singer
- Charles W. Field, United States Army officer and Doorkeeper of the United States House of Representatives
- Mike Gentry, football player
- Chad Pennington, former NFL quarterback
- Taylor Phillips, America's Junior Miss, 2006
- William Shatner, actor
- Sam Shepard, actor
- William T. Sterling, Wisconsin legislator and pioneer
- Charles Scott, Brig. General during the American Revolution and fourth Governor of Kentucky 1808-12
- Thomas Marshall (1730–1802), colonel of the 3rd Virginia Regiment; father of the future Chief Justice John Marshall
Recent Royal visits
- Queen Elizabeth II stayed in Woodford County at Lane's End Farm in May 2007. She also attended the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.
- Huntertown Elementary
- Northside Elementary
- Southside Elementary
- St. Leo's (Serves K-8/Private)
- Simmons Elementary
- Woodford County High School
- Woodford County Middle School
- Woodford Christian School K-5 (Private)
- Midway College
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. p. 26.
- The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 37.
- Railey, William E, "History of Woodford County, Kentucky," 1938, p 3
- Railey, William E, "History of Woodford County, Kentucky," 1938, p 4
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- The Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, vol. 64, pg. 97. 1904
Woodford County Historical society