Carter County, Kentucky

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Carter County, Kentucky
Carter County, Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Carter County courthouse in Grayson Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Carter County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1838
Named for William Grayson Carter
Seat Grayson
Largest city Grayson
 • Total 412.15 sq mi (1,067 km2)
 • Land 410.60 sq mi (1,063 km2)
 • Water 1.55 sq mi (4 km2), 0.38
 • (2010) 27,720
 • Density 67/sq mi (26/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Carter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,720.1 Its county seat is Grayson, Kentucky.2 The county was formed in 1838 and was named for William Grayson Carter, a state senator at the time of its creation. The county seat is named for his uncle, Robert Grayson.

Carter County is part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as well as the Charleston-Huntington-Ashland, WV-OH-KY Combined Statistical Area (CSA). As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000.3


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 412.15 square miles (1,067.5 km2), of which 410.60 square miles (1,063.4 km2) (or 99.62%) is land and 1.55 square miles (4.0 km2) (or 0.38%) is water.4

Adjacent counties


Carter County was formed on February 9, 1838 from portions of Greenup County and Lawrence County.5 It was named after Colonel William Grayson Carter, a Kentucky state Senator.6

The original courthouse was rebuilt in 1907.7


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,905
1850 6,241 114.8%
1860 8,516 36.5%
1870 7,509 −11.8%
1880 12,345 64.4%
1890 17,204 39.4%
1900 20,228 17.6%
1910 21,966 8.6%
1920 22,474 2.3%
1930 23,839 6.1%
1940 25,545 7.2%
1950 22,559 −11.7%
1960 20,817 −7.7%
1970 19,850 −4.6%
1980 25,060 26.2%
1990 24,340 −2.9%
2000 26,889 10.5%
2010 27,720 3.1%
Est. 2012 27,348 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census8
2012 Estimate9

As of the census10 of 2000, there were 26,889 people, 10,342 households, and 7,746 families residing in the county. The population density was 66 per square mile (25 /km2). There were 11,534 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.02% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,342 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 10.80% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,427, and the median income for a family was $31,278. Males had a median income of $28,690 versus $20,554 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,442. About 19.20% of families and 22.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.90% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.


Cities and towns

Alcohol Sales

Carter County is a limited dry county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except in certain areas as voted on by the residents of the area. In the case of Carter County, alcohol sales are only permitted at a single approved winery in the Iron Hill precinct, near the unincorporated community of Carter City.

A wet/dry election was held in the city of Grayson on June 11, 2013 which approved alcohol sales within the city limits. The final vote tally was 511 in favor of alcohol sales with and 393 against. The Grayson City Council is now required to consult with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in creating and passing an alcohol sales ordinance before alcohol sales can begin. This process must take at least 60 days after the election is certified. In addition, alcohol sales may not be voted on again in Grayson for at least three years.111213 Upon commencement of alcohol sales in Grayson, Carter County will officially switch from being a limited dry county to become a moist county. This is because alcohol sales will only be permitted in Grayson and at the above mentioned winery and all other areas of the county (including the city of Olive Hill) will remain dry.

See also


  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Population statistics". 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 52. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  6. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 34. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 212. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ The Next Step: Grayson council has the task of controlling alcohol sales.
  12. ^ Grayson takes the first step toward alcohol sales.
  13. ^ Council approves equipment purchases.

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Coordinates: 38°20′N 83°03′W / 38.33°N 83.05°W / 38.33; -83.05

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