Breathitt County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Breathitt County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1839
Named for John Breathitt, Governor of Kentucky (1832–1834)
Seat Jackson
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

495 sq mi (1,283 km²)
495 sq mi (1,283 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.02%
 - (2000)
 - Density

14/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Breathitt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1839. As of 2000, the population is 16,100. Its county seat is Jackson6. The county is named for John Breathitt who was Governor of Kentucky from 1832 to 1834. Breathitt is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,283 km² (495 sq mi). 1,283 km² (495 sq mi) of it is land and 0 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.02%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,195
1850 3,785 72.4%
1860 4,980 31.6%
1870 5,672 13.9%
1880 7,742 36.5%
1890 8,705 12.4%
1900 14,322 64.5%
1910 17,540 22.5%
1920 20,614 17.5%
1930 21,143 2.6%
1940 23,946 13.3%
1950 19,964 −16.6%
1960 15,490 −22.4%
1970 14,221 −8.2%
1980 17,004 19.6%
1990 15,703 −7.7%
2000 16,100 2.5%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 16,100 people, 6,170 households, and 4,541 families residing in the county. The population density was 13/km² (32/sq mi). There were 6,812 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (14/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.69% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,170 households out of which 34.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 14.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $19,155, and the median income for a family was $23,721. Males had a median income of $26,208 versus $20,613 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,044. About 28.10% of families and 33.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.90% of those under age 18 and 26.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Education Edit

Jackson Independent Schools Edit

Jackson Independent Schools is a school district that educates students inside and outside the city limits of Jackson.

  • Jackson City School - elementary, middle, and high school is combined.

Breathitt County Schools Edit

Breathitt County Schools is another school district with an array of schools within the city limits of Jackson and throughout the county.

  • L.B.J. Elementary School
  • Highland-Turner Elementary School
  • Rousseau Elementary School
  • Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School
  • Sebastian Middle School
  • Breathitt County High School

Private Schools Edit

Higher Education Edit

Breathitt Area Technology Center Edit

The Breathitt Area Technology Center serves both the Jackson Independent and the Breathitt County school districts. The school is located in Jackson. The school is operated by the state of Kentucky. While most of the funding comes from the state, much of the equipment is purchased with federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act funds, which are aimed at advancing technical education.

The focus of the school is that of technical education. The Breathitt ATC offers the following technical programs:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Office Technology

UK Robinson Station Edit

The community of Quicksand is the location for the University of Kentucky Robinson Station. This agriculture research facility is a pivotal asset in Breathitt County, furthering the scientific studies in the areas of agriculture and forestry.

See also Edit

External links Edit

Coordinates: 37°31′N 83°19′W / 37.52, -83.32

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