LaRue County, Kentucky
|Founded||4 March 1843 (created)|
|Named for||John LaRue|
|• Total||264 sq mi (680 km2)|
|• Land||262 sq mi (680 km2)|
|• Water||2.1 sq mi (5 km2) 0.8%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||54.6/sq mi (21.1/km2)|
LaRue County is a county in the central region of the U.S. state of Kentucky, outside the Bluegrass Region and larger population centers. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 14,193. Its county seat is Hodgenville, which is best known as the birthplace of United States President Abraham Lincoln. The county was formed on March 4, 1843, from the southeast portion of Hardin County. It was named for John P. LaRue, an early settler. LaRue County is included in the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Louisville/Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Bardstown, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area. It is a prohibition or dry county.
The low rolling hills of LaRue County have been largely cleared and devoted to agriculture or urban development, with only the drainages of the eastern portions still wooded. The highest point (1100 feet/335 meters ASL) is a small hill near its border with Taylor County.
National protected area
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 13,373 people, 5,275 households, and 3,866 families in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 5,860 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.65% White, 3.54% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,275 households, out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.
The county population contained 25.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,056, and the median income for a family was $37,786. Males had a median income of $30,907 versus $20,091 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,865. 15.40% of the population and 12.60% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.90% are under the age of 18 and 16.40% are 65 or older.
- Hodgenville Pentecostal Church (HPC)
- Hodgenville United Methodist Church
- Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
- LaRue Baptist Church, an Independent Baptist church
- Victory Baptist Church
- First Baptist Church of Hodgenville (relocated from Downtown Hodgenville to near Lincoln Parkway on the edge of the city limits.)
- First Baptist Church on Lincoln Blvd, Hodgenville
- Buffalo Baptist Church, Buffalo
- Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
- Union Christian Church
- Magnolia Baptist Church
- Roanoke House of Prayer
- Lane Lincoln Baptist Church
- Athertonville Baptist Church
- Oakhill Baptist Church
- South Fork Baptist Church
- Wesley Meadows United Methodist Church
- Levelwoods United Methodist Church
- Parkway Baptist Church
- Steadfast Baptist Church
The county sponsors the annual Lincoln Days celebration on the first full weekend of October, Friday through Sunday. Highlights include the Lincoln Look-A-Like contests, rail-splitting competitions, a parade, shopping booths and concerts by local talent (mostly country, bluegrass and Southern gospel).
- Dry county
- Louisville/Jefferson County–Elizabethtown–Bardstown, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area
- National Register of Historic Places listings in LaRue County, Kentucky
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