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Clay County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1807
Named for Green Clay (1757–1828), military general and surveyor.
Seat Manchester
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

471 sq mi (1,220 km²)
471 sq mi (1,220 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.01%
 - (2000)
 - Density

52/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1807. As of 2000, the population was 24,556. Its name is in honor of Green Clay (1757-1826). Clay was a member of the Virginia and Kentucky State legislatures, first cousin once removed of Henry Clay, U.S. Senator from Kentucky and Secretary of State in the 19th century. Its county seat is Manchester. The county is a prohibition or dry county. 6.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,220 km² (471 sq mi). 1,220 km² (471 sq mi) of it is land and 0 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.01%) is water. Ironically, the county has a high clay content.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 2,398
1820 4,393 83.2%
1830 3,548 −19.2%
1840 4,607 29.8%
1850 5,421 17.7%
1860 6,652 22.7%
1870 8,297 24.7%
1880 10,222 23.2%
1890 12,447 21.8%
1900 15,364 23.4%
1910 17,789 15.8%
1920 19,795 11.3%
1930 18,526 −6.4%
1940 23,901 29.0%
1950 23,116 −3.3%
1960 20,748 −10.2%
1970 18,481 −10.9%
1980 22,752 23.1%
1990 21,746 −4.4%
2000 24,556 12.9%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 24,556 people, 8,556 households, and 6,442 families residing in the county. The population density was 20/km² (52/sq mi). There were 9,439 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (20/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.92% White, 4.80% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,556 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 12.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.70% were non-families. 22.50% 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 2.62 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 111.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $16,271, and the median income for a family was $18,925. Males had a median income of $24,164 versus $17,816 for females. The per capita income for the county was $9,716. About 35.40% of families and 39.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.60% of those under age 18 and 31.30% of those age 65 or over. The county's per-capita income makes it one of the poorest counties in the United States.

Cities and towns Edit

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Coordinates: 37°10′N 83°43′W / 37.16, -83.71

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