Morgan County, Kentucky

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Morgan County, Kentucky
Morgan County, Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Morgan County, courthouse in West Liberty, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1823
Named for Daniel Morgan
Seat West Liberty
Largest city West Liberty
Area
 • Total 383.73 sq mi (994 km2)
 • Land 381.26 sq mi (987 km2)
 • Water 2.47 sq mi (6 km2), 0.64%
Population
 • (2010) 13,923
 • Density 37/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.morgancounty.ky.gov

Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,923.1 Its county seat is West Liberty.2 The county is among the dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 383.73 square miles (993.9 km2), of which 381.26 square miles (987.5 km2) (or 99.36%) is land and 2.47 square miles (6.4 km2) (or 0.64%) is water.3

Adjacent counties

National protected area

History

Morgan County was formed on December 7, 1822 from portions of Bath County and Floyd County. It was named for Daniel Morgan, a general in the American Revolutionary War.4

The history of Christian Churches in the county was documented in A History of the Churches of Christ in Morgan County Kentucky, a thesis by Luke Bolin in 1941, which included pictures of churches and group pictures of people associated with the Christian churches.

Morgan County was hit by an EF3 tornado on March 2, 2012.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,857
1840 4,603 61.1%
1850 7,620 65.5%
1860 9,237 21.2%
1870 5,975 −35.3%
1880 8,455 41.5%
1890 11,249 33.0%
1900 12,792 13.7%
1910 16,259 27.1%
1920 16,518 1.6%
1930 15,130 −8.4%
1940 16,827 11.2%
1950 13,624 −19.0%
1960 11,056 −18.8%
1970 10,019 −9.4%
1980 12,103 20.8%
1990 11,648 −3.8%
2000 13,948 19.7%
2010 13,923 −0.2%
Est. 2012 13,668 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census5
2012 Estimate6

As of the census7 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.

Cities and towns

See also

References

  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. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links

Coordinates: 37°55′N 83°16′W / 37.92°N 83.26°W / 37.92; -83.26








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