Morgan County, Kentucky
Morgan County courthouse in West Liberty
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Daniel Morgan|
|Largest city||West Liberty|
|• Total||384 sq mi (990 km2)|
|• Land||381 sq mi (990 km2)|
|• Water||2.7 sq mi (7 km2) 0.7%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||37/sq mi (14/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,923. Its county seat is West Liberty. The county is among the dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.
Morgan County was hit by an EF3 tornado on March 2, 2012, which cost the lives of six people and injured many others. Following the tornado, Morgan County's population decreased, but the county seat still has a strong population for a small town.
Morgan County had begun building a new court house in 2011, but the tornado delayed its construction to late 2013.
- Rowan County (northwest)
- Elliott County (north)
- Lawrence County (northeast)
- Johnson County (east)
- Magoffin County (southeast)
- Wolfe County (southwest)
- Menifee County (west)
National protected area
- Daniel Boone National Forest (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,948 people, 4,752 households, and 3,568 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 per square mile (14/km2). There were 5,487 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.59% White, 4.38% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,752 households, out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 22.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.40% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 32.90% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 123.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 128.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $21,869, and the median income for a family was $26,135. Males had a median income of $23,966 versus $18,463 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,657. 27.20% of the population and 23.50% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 33.90% are under the age of 18 and 28.50% are 65 or older.
Morgan County was a strongly Democratic county throughout the 20th century, with the party's candidate winning in every presidential election until 2000, when Al Gore became the first Democrat to lose the county since Woodrow Wilson in 1912. Since then, however, like almost all of Kentucky, the party has taken a sharp turn to the Republicans due to opposition to the Democratic Party's stance on coal as well as disagreements with the party on social issues.
- West Liberty (county seat)
Other unincorporated places
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- County Background and History
- Morgan County Schools
- The Kentucky Highlands Project
- Morgan History & Ancestry