LaRue County, Kentucky

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LaRue County
LaRue County courthouse in Hodgenville
LaRue County courthouse in Hodgenville
Map of Kentucky highlighting LaRue 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°34′36″N 85°41′12″W / 37.576666666667°N 85.686666666667°W / 37.576666666667; -85.686666666667
Country United States
State Kentucky
Founded4 March 1843 (created)
Named forJohn LaRue
SeatHodgenville
Largest cityHodgenville
Area
 • Total264 sq mi (680 km2)
 • Land262 sq mi (680 km2)
 • Water2.1 sq mi (5 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
14,307
 • Density54.6/sq mi (21.1/km2)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.laruecounty.org

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.[1] Its county seat is Hodgenville,[2] 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.[3][4] 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.

Geography[edit]

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.[5] The highest point (1100 feet/335 meters ASL) is a small hill near its border with Taylor County.[6]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 264 square miles (680 km2), of which 262 square miles (680 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.8%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18505,859
18606,89117.6%
18708,23519.5%
18809,79318.9%
18909,433−3.7%
190010,76414.1%
191010,701−0.6%
192010,004−6.5%
19309,093−9.1%
19409,6225.8%
19509,9563.5%
196010,3463.9%
197010,6723.2%
198011,92211.7%
199011,679−2.0%
200013,37314.5%
201014,1936.1%
202014,8674.7%
US Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[12] 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.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Churches[edit]

  • 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

Lincoln Days[edit]

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).

Politics[edit]

LaRue County has leaned heavily Republican in presidential elections since the turn of the century. Three-quarters of the county's overall vote went to Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 77.9% 5,685 20.6% 1,504 1.5% 112
2016 75.4% 4,799 20.1% 1,278 4.6% 290
2012 67.9% 3,911 30.1% 1,733 2.1% 120
2008 67.2% 4,153 31.0% 1,913 1.8% 112
2004 68.9% 4,111 30.6% 1,823 0.6% 34
2000 65.3% 3,384 33.4% 1,727 1.3% 68
1996 45.9% 2,140 43.8% 2,040 10.3% 478
1992 43.7% 2,154 44.4% 2,190 11.9% 586
1988 58.6% 2,590 41.2% 1,822 0.3% 11
1984 65.3% 2,873 34.4% 1,514 0.3% 13
1980 47.1% 2,000 51.4% 2,183 1.6% 66
1976 38.6% 1,409 60.4% 2,207 1.1% 39
1972 61.5% 2,449 37.3% 1,483 1.2% 48
1968 47.8% 1,862 32.1% 1,251 20.1% 784
1964 30.2% 1,195 69.3% 2,742 0.5% 20
1960 60.9% 2,668 39.1% 1,713 0.0% 0
1956 56.1% 2,387 43.7% 1,859 0.3% 13
1952 56.0% 2,161 44.0% 1,701 0.0% 0
1948 39.0% 1,277 57.0% 1,864 4.0% 130
1944 42.6% 1,550 56.7% 2,065 0.7% 26
1940 34.6% 1,309 65.1% 2,463 0.2% 9
1936 33.2% 1,151 66.5% 2,305 0.3% 11
1932 31.7% 1,235 68.0% 2,650 0.4% 14
1928 52.2% 1,892 47.6% 1,727 0.2% 6
1924 40.4% 1,372 58.7% 1,993 0.9% 29
1920 43.7% 1,838 56.1% 2,361 0.3% 12
1916 40.7% 936 58.7% 1,350 0.6% 13
1912 17.4% 390 56.4% 1,265 26.3% 590

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ E., Kleber, John; Kentucky, University Press of; Policy, Institute for Regional Analysis and Public; Library, Camden-Carroll; University, Morehead State (2000). "The Kentucky Encyclopedia". www.kyenc.org. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Vol. 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 35.
  5. ^ LaRue County KY (Google Maps, accessed 10 October 2020)
  6. ^ LaRue County High Point, Kentucky (PeakBagger.com, accessed 10 October 2020)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  12. ^ "US Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  13. ^ Gleanings KY (Google Maps, accessed 10 October 2020)
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 3 July 2018.

Coordinates: 37°34′36″N 85°41′12″W / 37.57667°N 85.68667°W / 37.57667; -85.68667