Owen County, Kentucky
|Owen County, Kentucky|
Owen County courthouse in Owenton, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Abraham Owen (1769–1811), killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe.|
|• Total||354.16 sq mi (917 km2)|
|• Land||352.14 sq mi (912 km2)|
|• Water||2.02 sq mi (5 km2), 0.57%|
|• Density||30/sq mi (12/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Owen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. According to the 2010 Census, the population was 10,841. Its county seat is Owenton.1 The county is named for Colonel Abraham Owen. It is a prohibition or dry county, with the exception of a winery (Elk Creek Vineyards) that is authorized to sell its product to the public.2
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 354.16 square miles (917.3 km2), of which 352.14 square miles (912.0 km2) (or 99.43%) is land and 2.02 square miles (5.2 km2) (or 0.57%) is water.3
- Perry Park
- New Liberty
- Lusby's Mill
- Hesler, Kentucky
- New Columbus
- Long Ridge, Kentucky
- Pleasant Home, Kentucky
- Carroll County (northwest)
- Gallatin County (northeast)
- Grant County (east)
- Scott County (southeast)
- Franklin County (southwest)
- Henry County (west)
As of the census6 of 2000, there were 10,547 people, 4,086 households, and 2,995 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 per square mile (12 /km2). There were 5,345 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (5.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.03% White, 1.13% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,086 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% 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 3.00.
The age distribution was 25.50% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,310, and the median income for a family was $38,844. Males had a median income of $29,329 versus $21,426 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,521. About 12.10% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.10% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.
Located in downtown Owenton, the Owen County Public Library was established in 1946 by the Owen County Woman's Club. It was housed in the front parlor of Elizabeth Holbrook Thomas's home on the same corner where the present library, built in 1973, now stands.
The library's collection comprises more than 25,000 items, including a genealogy collection. Among the services it provides are printing, fax sending, notaries, and access to a public meeting room.
Owen County serves as the opening setting in the 1992 gay novel by Paul Russell Boys of Life where it is referred to simply as Owen.7 Though majority of the novel is set in early 1980s New York City , various points of interest within Owen and nearby areas such as Christian County are mentioned and referenced throughout the story.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Wet & Dry Counties in Kentucky" (PDF). Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Retrieved March 21, 2007.dead link
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Russell, Paul (1991). Boys of Life. New York, New York: Dutton. ISBN 0-525-93327-1.
- Northern Kentucky Views - Owen County Historical Images and Documents