Union County, Kentucky
|Union County, Kentucky|
Union County Courthouse in Morganfield, Kentucky
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 15, 1811|
|• Total||363.43 sq mi (941 km2)|
|• Land||345.10 sq mi (894 km2)|
|• Water||18.33 sq mi (47 km2), 5.04%|
|• Density||45/sq mi (17/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
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
- Posey County, Indiana (north, across the Ohio River)
- Henderson County (northeast)
- Webster County (southeast)
- Crittenden County (south)
- Hardin County, Illinois (west, across the Ohio River)
- Gallatin County, Illinois (northwest, across the Ohio River)
||Gallatin County, Illinois||Posey County, Indiana||Henderson County|
|Hardin County, Illinois|
|Crittenden County||Webster County|
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.
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.
These are the major highway routes through Union County:
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
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Union County, Kentucky
- Ben M. Bogard, Baptist clergyman, reared in Union County in 1870s8
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- "Benjamin Marcus Bogard (1868–1951)". encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
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