Wolfe County, Kentucky

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Wolfe County, Kentucky
Wolfe County, Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Wolfe County courthouse in Campton, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Wolfe County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1860
Seat Campton
Largest city Campton
Area
 • Total 222.86 sq mi (577 km2)
 • Land 222.78 sq mi (577 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0 km2), 0.04%
Population
 • (2010) 7,355
 • Density 32/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Wolfe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,355.1 Its county seat is Campton.2 The county is named for Nathaniel Wolfe.

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 222.86 square miles (577.2 km2), of which 222.78 square miles (577.0 km2) (or 99.96%) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) (or 0.04%) is water.3

Adjacent counties

National protected area

History

Wolfe County was formed on March 5, 1860 from portions of Breathitt County, Morgan County, Owsley County and Powell County. It was named for Nathaniel Wolfe, a member of the legislative assembly.4

Campton, the county's seat was reportedly formed from camp town in Wolfe County. A small creek winding through Campton, Swift Creek, is named after Jonathan Swift of the legend of Swift's silver mine. Swift supposedly buried treasure in the area which has never been recovered.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 3,603
1880 5,638 56.5%
1890 7,180 27.4%
1900 8,764 22.1%
1910 9,864 12.6%
1920 8,783 −11.0%
1930 8,425 −4.1%
1940 9,997 18.7%
1950 7,615 −23.8%
1960 6,534 −14.2%
1970 5,669 −13.2%
1980 6,698 18.2%
1990 6,503 −2.9%
2000 7,065 8.6%
2010 7,355 4.1%
Est. 2012 7,164 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census5
2012 Estimate6

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 7,065 people, 2,816 households, and 1,976 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 per square mile (12 /km2). There were 3,264 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (5.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.24% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,816 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 12.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $19,310, and the median income for a family was $23,333. Males had a median income of $23,859 versus $18,952 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,321. About 29.90% of families and 35.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.20% of those under age 18 and 26.70% of those age 65 or over.

Geographical locations of interest in Wolfe County

Festivals and Local Entertainment

The annual Swift Silver Mine Festival is held on Labor Day weekend each year. It includes a parade and vendors in the downtown Campton area.

People from Wolfe County

Pete Center, who pitched for the Cleveland Indians in the 1940s.

Folk artist Edgar Tolson; Ralph Rinzler of the Smithsonian Institution was impressed by Tolson's figures, and included them in the 1971 Festival of American Folklife.

Richard Jett and the Appalachian troubadours http://www.appalachiantroubadours.com/Home_Page.html

Places to see and Historical places in or close to Wolfe County

Torrent falls; located near Natural Bridge State Resort Park. Location of a railroad station before the depression.

With several attractions near and within the Red River Gorge. including Sky Bridge and Rock Bridge.

Swango Springs - Mineral water resort.

Hazel Green Academy.

Bethany Christian Mission.

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. 37. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 


Coordinates: 37°44′N 83°29′W / 37.74°N 83.49°W / 37.74; -83.49








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