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Butler County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Butler County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1810
Named for Major General Richard Butler (1743–1791), Revolutionary War general.
Seat Morgantown
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

432 sq mi (1,118 km²)
428 sq mi (1,109 km²)
3 sq mi (9 km²), 0.80%
 - (2000)
 - Density

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

Butler County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1810, becoming Kentucky's 53rd county.[1] As of 2000, the population is 13,010. Its county seat is Morgantown6. Butler is a prohibition or dry county.

History Edit

The area now known as Butler County was settled by Richard C. Dellium and James Forgy, creating a town called Berry's Lick. The first industry in the area was salt-making.[1]

The Kentucky General Assembly created Butler County on January 18, 1810 from parts of Logan and Ohio counties. The county was named for Major General Richard Butler who died at the Battle of the Wabash in 1791.[1]

Civil War Monument, Butler county has one of only two civil war monuments dedicated to soldiers that served and died on both sides, dedicated in 1907 this zinc monument sets on the County Courthouse lawn in Morgantown.

Geography Edit

Butler County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,118 km² (432 sq mi). 1,109 km² (428 sq mi) of it is land and 9 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.80%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 3,083
1830 3,058 −0.8%
1840 3,898 27.5%
1850 5,755 47.6%
1860 7,927 37.7%
1870 9,404 18.6%
1880 12,181 29.5%
1890 13,956 14.6%
1900 15,896 13.9%
1910 15,805 −0.6%
1920 15,197 −3.8%
1930 12,620 −17.0%
1940 14,371 13.9%
1950 11,309 −21.3%
1960 9,586 −15.2%
1970 9,723 1.4%
1980 11,064 13.8%
1990 11,245 1.6%
2000 13,010 15.7%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 13,010 people, 5,059 households, and 3,708 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (30/sq mi). There were 5,815 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (14/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.88% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,059 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,405, and the median income for a family was $35,317. Males had a median income of $26,449 versus $19,894 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,617. About 13.10% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.50% of those under age 18 and 22.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Transportation Edit

For much of its history, Butler County's main line of transportation was the Green River. As railroads became more important economically, the county compensated by building a series of roads to major trade centers such as U.S. 231 connecting Beaver Dam with Owensboro. Green River was eventually closed to traffic after Woodbury's Lock and Dam Number 4 washed out in 1965 and Rochester's Lock and Dam Number 3 was abandoned by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1980. Completion of the Green River Parkway linked the area to the national interstate system in 1970.[1]

Notable natives Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d {{cite book |editor=Kleber, John E. |others=Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark

Coordinates: 37°13′N 86°41′W / 37.21, -86.68

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