Casey County, Kentucky

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Casey County
Casey County courthouse in Liberty
Casey County courthouse in Liberty
Map of Kentucky highlighting Casey County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°19′N 84°56′W / 37.32°N 84.93°W / 37.32; -84.93
Country United States
State Kentucky
FoundedNovember 14, 1806
Named forColonel William Casey
SeatLiberty
Largest cityLiberty
Area
 • Total446 sq mi (1,160 km2)
 • Land444 sq mi (1,150 km2)
 • Water1.5 sq mi (4 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total15,941 Decrease
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.libertykentucky.org

Casey County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Its county seat is Liberty.[1] The county was formed in 1806 from the western part of Lincoln County[2] and named for Colonel William Casey, a pioneer settler who moved his family to Kentucky in 1779.[3] It is the only Kentucky county entirely in the Knobs region. Casey County is home to annual Casey County Apple Festival, and is a prohibition or dry county. It is considered part of the Appalachian region of Kentucky.

History[edit]

Casey County was established in 1806 from land given by Lincoln County. The third and present courthouse was built in 1889.[4]

In 2015, County Clerk Casey Davis received national press when he announced he would deny same-sex marriage licenses, as a show of solidarity with fellow county clerk Kim Davis, who was criticized and later jailed for doing the same thing in Rowan County, Kentucky.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 square miles (1,160 km2), of which 444 square miles (1,150 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.3%) is water.[6]

The highest point in Casey County is Green River Knob at 1,789 feet (545 m).

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18103,285
18204,34932.4%
18304,342−0.2%
18404,93913.7%
18506,55632.7%
18606,466−1.4%
18708,88437.4%
188010,98323.6%
189011,8487.9%
190015,14427.8%
191015,4792.2%
192017,21311.2%
193016,747−2.7%
194019,96219.2%
195017,446−12.6%
196014,327−17.9%
197012,930−9.8%
198014,81814.6%
199014,211−4.1%
200015,4478.7%
201015,9553.3%
202015,941−0.1%
2021 (est.)15,866−0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2021[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 15,447 people, 6,260 households, and 4,419 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 per square mile (14/km2). There were 7,242 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.30% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,260 households, out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.

24.50% of the population was under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,580, and the median income for a family was $27,044. Males had a median income of $22,283 versus $17,885 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,867. About 20.70% of families and 25.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.10% of those under age 18 and 29.60% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Casey County has one of the longest streaks of voting for Republican Party candidates in presidential elections in Kentucky & nationwide, with its candidates gaining the majority of the vote by wide margins in every election from 1916 on. No Democratic presidential candidate has even managed to gain 30% of the county's vote since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

United States presidential election results for Casey County, Kentucky[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 6,179 86.17% 918 12.80% 74 1.03%
2016 5,482 85.14% 767 11.91% 190 2.95%
2012 4,904 80.51% 1,086 17.83% 101 1.66%
2008 4,679 78.55% 1,219 20.46% 59 0.99%
2004 5,109 80.83% 1,174 18.57% 38 0.60%
2000 4,284 78.33% 1,122 20.52% 63 1.15%
1996 3,187 65.40% 1,106 22.70% 580 11.90%
1992 3,317 62.56% 1,409 26.57% 576 10.86%
1988 3,857 75.38% 1,216 23.76% 44 0.86%
1984 4,356 79.01% 1,122 20.35% 35 0.63%
1980 4,239 75.27% 1,298 23.05% 95 1.69%
1976 3,379 67.15% 1,602 31.84% 51 1.01%
1972 3,727 78.83% 913 19.31% 88 1.86%
1968 3,698 70.64% 879 16.79% 658 12.57%
1964 3,457 64.54% 1,875 35.01% 24 0.45%
1960 4,811 77.30% 1,413 22.70% 0 0.00%
1956 4,167 72.48% 1,570 27.31% 12 0.21%
1952 3,831 71.39% 1,522 28.36% 13 0.24%
1948 3,380 68.32% 1,495 30.22% 72 1.46%
1944 3,869 71.53% 1,520 28.10% 20 0.37%
1940 3,874 67.34% 1,862 32.37% 17 0.30%
1936 3,588 64.84% 1,925 34.78% 21 0.38%
1932 3,840 58.93% 2,651 40.68% 25 0.38%
1928 3,805 71.39% 1,519 28.50% 6 0.11%
1924 3,120 63.03% 1,797 36.30% 33 0.67%
1920 3,543 64.03% 1,951 35.26% 39 0.70%
1916 1,949 58.37% 1,352 40.49% 38 1.14%
1912 902 31.23% 1,158 40.10% 828 28.67%

Education[edit]

Casey County Schools operates public schools.

Communities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "Casey County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Lewis Collins (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 124. ISBN 9780722249208.
  4. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 213. ISBN 9780916489496. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Second Kentucky Clerk Refuses to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses." NBC News. 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  11. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.

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Coordinates: 37°19′N 84°56′W / 37.32°N 84.93°W / 37.32; -84.93