Taylor County, Kentucky

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Taylor County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Taylor County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1848
Seat Campbellsville
Largest city Campbellsville
 • Total 277 sq mi (717 km2)
 • Land 266 sq mi (689 km2)
 • Water 10 sq mi (26 km2), 3.8%
 • (2010) 24,512
 • Density 92/sq mi (36/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.taylorcounty.us

Taylor County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,512.[1] Its county seat is Campbellsville.[2] Settled from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina after the Revolutionary War, the county was organized in 1848 in the Highland Rim region. It was named for General Zachary Taylor, later President of the United States.[3]

The city of Campbellsville is “wet” (allows alcohol sales) but Taylor County is a prohibition or dry county. Taylor County was the one hundredth county created by Kentucky.

The Campbellsville Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Taylor County. It is represented in the Kentucky House of Representatives by Republican John "Bam" Carney, an educator. In 2009 Carney succeeded fellow Republican Russ Mobley, a retired associate professor of theatre arts at Campbellsville University.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 277 square miles (720 km2), of which 266 square miles (690 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (3.8%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 7,250
1860 7,481 3.2%
1870 8,226 10.0%
1880 9,259 12.6%
1890 9,353 1.0%
1900 11,075 18.4%
1910 11,961 8.0%
1920 12,236 2.3%
1930 12,047 −1.5%
1940 13,556 12.5%
1950 14,403 6.2%
1960 16,285 13.1%
1970 17,138 5.2%
1980 21,178 23.6%
1990 21,146 −0.2%
2000 22,927 8.4%
2010 24,512 6.9%
Est. 2016 25,397 [5] 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 22,927 people, 9,233 households, and 6,555 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 per square mile (33/km2). There were 10,180 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.62% White, 5.06% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,233 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,089, and the median income for a family was $33,854. Males had a median income of $26,633 versus $20,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,162. About 14.20% of families and 17.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.70% of those under age 18 and 18.30% of those age 65 or over.


Notable natives and residents[edit]

  • Margaret (Buckner) Young, born here, author of children's books and wife of Whitney Young, Jr., former executive director of the National Urban League[11]
  • John G. Jingleheimer, the original creator of the honey bun. Jingleheimer first discovered this recipe when a beehive fell through the roof of his residence and the sweet nectar leaked through a crack in the ceiling onto a hot roll. The honeybun was then a household name. Each year on November 1st, Downtown Campbellsville holds a parade where children and adults alike take part in a honey bun eating contest and the grand chancellor "Mr. Honeybun Man" leads the parade of tractors and ATV's. The official song for this day is "Oh Hale, ye Mr Jingleheimer, your honey bun is good".
  • Aaron Harding, born here, politician and Union Democrat, member of US House of Representatives from 1861 to 1867 during and after the American Civil War[11]
  • Clem Haskins, born and grew up in Campbellsville, college and professional basketball player, coach[11] for the University of Minnesota for more than a decade to 1999-
  • J. B. Holmes-(John Bradley Holmes) Professional Golfer -PGA- Born and raised in Taylor County- He began to play on the varsity golf team at Taylor County High School in Campbellsville when he was in the third grade. While in high school he played on the Pepsi Junior Golf Tour. He attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, helping to achieve SEC Title while there, and represented the United States in the 2005 Walker Cup before turning professional later that year.[5] In 2006 Homes became the fastest golfer to reach $1,000,000 in career earnings on the PGA Tour. 2008 Ryder Cup Champion Team- In the 2008 Ryder Cup, Holmes defeated Europe's Søren Hansen 2&1 during Sunday's singles matches to bring the United States within one point of clinching the Ryder Cup. Jim Furyk would later defeat Miguel Ángel Jiménez on the 17th hole to clinch the Ryder Cup. Holmes and another Ryder Cup teammate, Kenny Perry, were named Kentuckians of the Year for 2008 by Kentucky Monthly magazine.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 37. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ a b c "Taylor County", The Encyclopedia of Kentucky, ed. John E. Kleber, University Press of Kentucky, 2015, p. 871

Coordinates: 37°22′N 85°20′W / 37.37°N 85.33°W / 37.37; -85.33