Union County, Kentucky

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Union County, Kentucky
Union County Courthouse Kentucky.jpg
Union County Courthouse in Morganfield, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Union County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1811
Seat Morganfield
Largest city Morganfield
Area
 • Total 363.43 sq mi (941 km2)
 • Land 345.10 sq mi (894 km2)
 • Water 18.33 sq mi (47 km2), 5.04%
Population
 • (2010) 15,007
 • Density 45/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.ucky.org

Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,007.1 Its county seat is Morganfield.2 It was formed on January 15, 1811.

Geography

Union County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 363.43 square miles (941.3 km2), of which 345.10 square miles (893.8 km2) (or 94.96%) is land and 18.33 square miles (47.5 km2) (or 5.04%) is water.3

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 3,470
1830 4,764 37.3%
1840 6,673 40.1%
1850 9,012 35.1%
1860 12,791 41.9%
1870 13,640 6.6%
1880 17,809 30.6%
1890 18,229 2.4%
1900 21,326 17.0%
1910 19,886 −6.8%
1920 18,040 −9.3%
1930 17,053 −5.5%
1940 17,411 2.1%
1950 14,893 −14.5%
1960 14,537 −2.4%
1970 15,882 9.3%
1980 17,821 12.2%
1990 16,557 −7.1%
2000 15,637 −5.6%
2010 15,007 −4.0%
Est. 2012 14,850 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census4
2012 Estimate5

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 15,637 people, 5,710 households, and 4,082 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 per square mile (17 /km2). There were 6,234 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (6.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 85.04% White, 12.89% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 1.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,710 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.99.

25.30% of the population was under the age of 18, 13.80% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,018, and the median income for a family was $43,103. Males had a median income of $30,244 versus $20,817 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,465. About 9.30% of families and 17.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Schools

Public schools are managed by Union County Public Schools. The three public elementary schools in the county are located in Morganfield, Sturgis, and Uniontown. The county has one public middle school and one public high school, Union County High School located near Morganfield, Kentucky which is known for its wrestling program. St. Ann School, the only private school in the county, is located in Morganfield—it teaches preschool, elementary, and middle school classes.

Transportation

These are the major highway routes through Union County:

US 60.svg U.S. Route 60 Elongated circle 56.svg KY 56 Elongated circle 109.svg KY 109

The John T. Myers Locks and Dam once known as Uniontown Locks and Dam is located on the Ohio River 3½ miles downstream from Uniontown and straddles the river between Union County and Posey County Indiana. Construction on the dam was begun in 1965 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and completed in 1977. It was renamed to honor retired Indiana congressman John T. Myers.7

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. dead link
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Myers Dam". Locks and Dams Project Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. Retrieved 2009-06-08. dead link
  8. ^ "Benjamin Marcus Bogard (1868–1951)". encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 

External links

Coordinates: 37°40′N 87°57′W / 37.66°N 87.95°W / 37.66; -87.95








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