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Christian County, Kentucky
Christian County courthouse Kentucky
Christian County courthouse in Hopkinsville
Map of Kentucky highlighting Christian County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1797
Named for William Christian
Seat Hopkinsville
Largest city Hopkinsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

724 sq mi (1,875 km²)
718 sq mi (1,860 km²)
6.5 sq mi (17 km²), 0.9%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

73,955
103/sq mi (40/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.christiancountyky.gov

Christian County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 73,955.[1] Its county seat is Hopkinsville.[2] The county was formed in 1797.

Christian County is part of the Clarksville, TN–KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

HistoryEdit

The county is named for Colonel William Christian, a native of Augusta County, Virginia, and a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He settled near Louisville, Kentucky in 1785, and was killed by Native Americans in southern Indiana in 1786.[3]

Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America was born in Fairview, Christian County, Kentucky, in 1808.[4] United States Vice President Adlai Stevenson I was born in Christian County in 1835.

The present courthouse, built in 1869, replaced a structure burned by Confederate cavalry in 1864 because the Union Army was using it as their barracks.[5]

The United States Supreme Court case Barker v. Wingo, 407 U.S. 514 (1972), arose out of a 1958 double-murder in Christian County, Kentucky.

In 2006 and 2008, tornadoes touched down across northern Christian County, damaging homes in the Crofton area.

In 2017, northwestern Christian County will experience the longest duration of totality in the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 that will cross North America. The center will be in the Bainbridge/Sinking Fork area of the county, on the Orchard Dale farm.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 724 square miles (1,880 km2), of which 718 square miles (1,860 km2) is land and 6.5 square miles (17 km2) (0.9%) is water.[6] It is the second-largest county by area in Kentucky and the largest in Western Kentucky.

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 2,318
1810 11,020 375.4%
1820 10,459 −5.1%
1830 12,684 21.3%
1840 15,587 22.9%
1850 19,580 25.6%
1860 21,627 10.5%
1870 23,227 7.4%
1880 31,682 36.4%
1890 34,118 7.7%
1900 37,962 11.3%
1910 38,845 2.3%
1920 35,883 −7.6%
1930 34,283 −4.5%
1940 36,129 5.4%
1950 42,359 17.2%
1960 56,904 34.3%
1970 56,224 −1.2%
1980 66,878 18.9%
1990 68,941 3.1%
2000 72,265 4.8%
2010 73,955 2.3%
Est. 2016 72,351 [7] 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 72,265 people, 24,857 households, and 18,344 families residing in the county. The population density was 100 per square mile (39 /km2). There were 27,182 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 69.92% White, 23.73% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.32% Pacific Islander, 2.23% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. 4.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. This number, however, was estimated to be around 4% for a 2006 Census Estimate, according to the United States Census Bureau.

There were 24,857 households out of which 41.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 13.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.30% under the age of 18, 15.80% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 16.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 106.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,177, and the median income for a family was $35,240. Males had a median income of $25,063 versus $20,748 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,611. About 12.10% of families and 15.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.30% of those under age 18 and 13.50% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

High schoolsEdit

CollegesEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 63.9% 14,108 32.6% 7,188 3.6% 787
2012 61.4% 13,475 37.6% 8,252 1.0% 228
2008 60.1% 13,699 39.0% 8,880 0.9% 199
2004 66.3% 13,935 33.2% 6,970 0.5% 110
2000 60.7% 10,787 38.1% 6,778 1.2% 208
1996 51.0% 8,285 42.1% 6,843 7.0% 1,132
1992 47.5% 7,737 41.2% 6,709 11.3% 1,842
1988 61.6% 9,250 38.0% 5,704 0.4% 54
1984 66.1% 10,708 33.5% 5,432 0.4% 69
1980 52.9% 8,209 45.4% 7,048 1.6% 255
1976 38.4% 4,964 60.8% 7,845 0.8% 105
1972 63.3% 7,414 34.7% 4,063 2.0% 228
1968 30.0% 3,788 33.9% 4,281 36.0% 4,545
1964 30.7% 8,727 69.1% 3,882 0.2% 21
1960 43.3% 5,251 56.7% 6,874 0.0% 0
1956 43.2% 4,963 56.4% 6,487 0.4% 45
1952 41.6% 4,858 58.2% 6,787 0.2% 27
1948 31.9% 3,242 54.8% 5,582 13.3% 1,356
1944 41.7% 4,506 58.0% 6,260 0.3% 35
1940 45.7% 5,566 54.2% 6,599 0.1% 16
1936 44.6% 5,370 55.4% 6,660 0.0% 0
1932 40.5% 5,235 59.0% 7,618 0.5% 67
1928 55.4% 7,069 44.7% 5,702 0.0% 0
1924 51.8% 7,192 47.4% 6,585 0.8% 115
1920 54.5% 8,743 44.9% 7,209 0.7% 105
1916 55.1% 4,594 43.7% 3,644 1.2% 98
1912 49.0% 3,520 38.7% 2,784 12.3% 885

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

Other unincorporated communitiesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

  • Adlai Stevenson I, 23rd Vice President of the United States (1893-1897), was born in Christian County.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21047.html. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110531210815/http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 58. https://books.google.com/books?id=3Lac2FUSj_oC&lpg=PA49&dq=cannon%20ky&pg=PA58#v=onepage&q=cannon%20ky&f=false. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  4. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 97–98. https://books.google.com/books?id=3Lac2FUSj_oC&lpg=PA49&dq=cannon%20ky&pg=PA97#v=onepage&q=cannon%20ky&f=false. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. pp. 215. https://books.google.com/books?id=hAVlVS29NKIC&lpg=PA193&dq=%22bell%20county%22%201914%201918%201976&pg=PA215#v=onepage&q=%22bell%20county%22%201914%201918%201976&f=false. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_21.txt. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. http://www.webcitation.org/6YSasqtfX?url=http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ky190090.txt. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. https://web.archive.org/web/20130911234518/http://factfinder2.census.gov/. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 36°54′N 87°29′W / 36.90, -87.49


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