Webster County, Kentucky

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Webster County, Kentucky
Webster County Courthouse Kentucky.jpg
Webster County Courthouse in Dixon
Map of Kentucky highlighting Webster County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1860
Named for Daniel Webster
Seat Dixon
Largest city Providence
Area
 • Total 336 sq mi (870 km2)
 • Land 332 sq mi (860 km2)
 • Water 3.7 sq mi (10 km2), 1.1%
Population
 • (2010) 13,621
 • Density 41/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.webstercountyky.com

Webster County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,621.[1] Its county seat is Dixon.[2] It is the southernmost county in the Evansville, IN–KY Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county was formed in 1860 from parts of Henderson, Hopkins, and Union Counties[3] and named for American statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852).[4] It was mainly pro-Confederate during the American Civil War and was the site several skirmishes and some guerrilla warfare. It is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 336 square miles (870 km2), of which 332 square miles (860 km2) is land and 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) (1.1%) is water.[5] Webster County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 10,937
1880 14,246 30.3%
1890 17,196 20.7%
1900 20,097 16.9%
1910 20,974 4.4%
1920 20,762 −1.0%
1930 20,534 −1.1%
1940 19,198 −6.5%
1950 15,555 −19.0%
1960 14,244 −8.4%
1970 13,282 −6.8%
1980 14,832 11.7%
1990 13,955 −5.9%
2000 14,120 1.2%
2010 13,621 −3.5%
Est. 2016 13,316 [6] −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2010, 5,272 households, and 3,716 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 per square mile (16/km2). There were 5,936 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.4% White, 4.1% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. 4.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,272 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 19, 5.8% from 20 to 24, 25% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.1 years. 49.7% of the population is male and 50.3% female.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,635, and the median income for a family was $49,580. Males employed full-time had a median income of $41,662 versus $26,502 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,879. About 11.9% of families and 16% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government officials[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 75.8% 4,397 21.4% 1,240 2.9% 168
2012 65.9% 3,607 32.3% 1,765 1.8% 98
2008 54.8% 3,037 43.1% 2,390 2.0% 113
2004 57.8% 3,207 41.5% 2,304 0.7% 36
2000 51.2% 2,599 47.1% 2,388 1.7% 85
1996 30.7% 1,568 55.9% 2,852 13.4% 682
1992 24.9% 1,408 59.7% 3,380 15.5% 877
1988 41.5% 2,159 58.0% 3,019 0.5% 24
1984 44.9% 2,504 54.5% 3,042 0.6% 34
1980 35.0% 1,939 63.3% 3,506 1.6% 90
1976 28.2% 1,402 70.9% 3,523 0.9% 45
1972 57.6% 2,396 41.1% 1,712 1.3% 54
1968 29.5% 1,446 43.1% 2,114 27.4% 1,345
1964 24.5% 3,741 75.4% 1,217 0.1% 6
1960 44.0% 2,498 56.0% 3,179 0.0% 0
1956 37.1% 1,948 58.1% 3,050 4.9% 255
1952 34.5% 1,858 65.3% 3,516 0.2% 12
1948 23.9% 1,087 72.4% 3,288 3.7% 168
1944 35.5% 1,840 64.1% 3,324 0.5% 25
1940 33.3% 2,107 66.4% 4,197 0.3% 17
1936 29.2% 1,983 70.5% 4,788 0.3% 21
1932 31.6% 2,257 67.7% 4,833 0.7% 48
1928 49.5% 3,527 50.4% 3,591 0.1% 9
1924 47.1% 3,131 51.9% 3,449 1.1% 71
1920 42.2% 3,554 57.4% 4,831 0.4% 30
1916 43.4% 2,082 55.7% 2,673 1.0% 48
1912 22.5% 905 24.8% 998 52.8% 2,125
  • County Judge/Executive - Stephen "Steve" Henry
  • Providence Magistrate - Tony Felker
  • Sebree/Slaughters Magistrate - Jerry "Poogie" Brown
  • Dixon/Clay Magistrate - Chad Townsend
  • County Attorney - William Clint Prow
  • Coroner - Todd Vanover
  • Sheriff - Frankie Springfield
  • Jailer - Terry Elder
  • County Surveyor - Keith Whitledge
  • Property Valuation Administrator - Jeffrey D. Kelley
  • County Clerk - Valerie Franklin Newell
  • Circuit Clerk - Debbie Austin

National Association of Counties[13]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/formation.html
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 37. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  13. ^ "Data & Demographics". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 

Coordinates: 37°31′N 87°41′W / 37.52°N 87.68°W / 37.52; -87.68