Elliott County, Kentucky
|Elliott County, Kentucky|
Elliott County courthouse in Sandy Hook
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||John Lisle Elliott or John Milton Elliott|
|Largest city||Sandy Hook|
|• Total||235 sq mi (609 km2)|
|• Land||234 sq mi (606 km2)|
|• Water||1.0 sq mi (3 km2), 0.4%|
|• Density||34/sq mi (13/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC−5/−4|
Elliott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,852. Its county seat is Sandy Hook. The county was formed in 1869 from parts of Morgan, Lawrence, and Carter counties, and is named for John Milton Elliott, U.S. Congressman; Confederate Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. In regard to alcohol sales, Elliott County is a dry county, meaning the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited everywhere in the county.
Elliott County was established in 1869 from land given by Carter, Lawrence, and Morgan counties. A fire at the courthouse in 1957 resulted in the destruction of many county records.
Elliott County had voted for the Democratic Party's nominee in every presidential election since it was formed in 1869, up until the 2016 presidential election when it voted 70-26 in favor of Donald Trump. This was the longest streak of any county voting Democratic in the United States. It was also the last Southern rural county to have never voted for a Republican in any Presidential election, until 2016. Even in nationwide Republican landslides like 1972 and 1984, when Republicans were winning the state of Kentucky overall with more than 60% of the vote, Elliot County voted 65.3% and 73.4% Democratic, respectively.
Elliott County was the second-whitest county in the country, at 99.04%, to vote for Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election, the whitest being Mitchell County, Iowa. Obama garnered 61% of the vote, while Republican John McCain received 36%. In 2008, Elliott County provided Obama with the highest winning percentage of the vote out of all Kentucky counties. This made it the most Democratic county in the state for the 2nd election in a row, since it had also been Democrat John Kerry's strongest county in Kentucky in 2004. Obama would again win the county in 2012, his only county victory in traditionally staunchly conservative rural Eastern Kentucky. However he would only eke out a narrow 49% plurality over Mitt Romney's 47%, a lead of just 60 votes, thus nearly ending a long streak of Democratic landslides in Elliott County. Reflecting the increased rural-urban divide in modern American politics, Obama's strongest county in the state was instead Jefferson County, home to the state's largest city, Louisville, which he won by a much more comfortable 54.69%-43.60% margin.
In 2016, Elliott County voted for Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, by 2,000 votes (70.1%) to 740 (25.9%) for Democrat Hillary Clinton, decisively ending the Democratic Party's 144 year victory streak. Despite this feat, Trump's victory carried no coattails in the county during the coinciding senate race as Jim Gray, the Democratic nominee, won the county by 1,477 votes (56.07%) to 1,157 (43.93%) for Republican Senator Rand Paul. However, the area the County occupies voted Republican in the 1868 election, a year before the County was founded.
Elliott County is the only county in Kentucky that has voted against Senator Mitch McConnell in each of his elections.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,748 people, 2,638 households, and 1,925 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 per square mile (11/km2). There were 3,107 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.04% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.01% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,638 households, of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $21,014, and the median income for a family was $27,125. Males had a median income of $29,593 versus $20,339 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,067. About 20.80% of families and 25.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.50% of those under age 18 and 26.40% of those age 65 or over.
- Bell City
- Blaines Trace
- Brushy Fork
- Clay Fork
- Devil Fork
- Fannin Valley
- Forks of Newcombe
- Little Fork
- Little Sandy
- Middle Fork
- Neil Howard's Creek
- Shady Grove
- Sandy Hook (county seat)
- The Ridge
- Wells Creek
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