Ballard County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Ballard County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1842
Named for Bland Ballard (1761–1853), soldier in the Battle of Fallen Timbers and Battle of River Raisin.
Seat Wickliffe
Largest city La Center
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

274 sq mi (709 km²)
251 sq mi (650 km²)
22 sq mi (58 km²), 8.20%
 - (2000)
 - Density

33/sq mi (13/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Ballard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1842. As of 2000, the population is 8,286. Its county seat is Wickliffe6. The county is named for Captain Bland Ballard, a member of the Kentucky General Assembly. Ballard is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 709 km² (274 sq mi). 650 km² (251 sq mi) of it is land and 58 km² (22 sq mi) of it (8.20%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 5,496
1860 8,692 58.2%
1870 12,576 44.7%
1880 14,378 14.3%
1890 8,390 −41.6%
1900 10,761 28.3%
1910 12,690 17.9%
1920 12,045 −5.1%
1930 9,910 −17.7%
1940 9,480 −4.3%
1950 8,545 −9.9%
1960 8,291 −3.0%
1970 8,276 −0.2%
1980 8,798 6.3%
1990 7,902 −10.2%
2000 8,286 4.9%
Est. 2006 8,245 −0.5%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 8,286 people, 3,395 households, and 2,413 families residing in the county. The population density was 13/km² (33/sq mi). There were 3,837 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (15/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 95.32% White, 2.87% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,395 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.10% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,130, and the median income for a family was $41,386. Males had a median income of $32,345 versus $20,902 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,035. About 10.70% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.30% of those under age 18 and 15.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve Edit

Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve is a 458 acres nature preserve located in Ballard County. The preserve is part of the 3,000-acre Axe Lake Swamp wetlands complex which supports at least eight rare plant and animal species. The site has been recognized as a priority wetland in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. [1]

See also Edit


  1. ^ <Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve web site URL accessed on 08/20/2006.

Coordinates: 37°04′N 89°00′W / 37.06, -89.00

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