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Cumberland County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Cumberland County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1799
Named for The Cumberland River, which flows through the county.
Seat Burkesville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

311 sq mi (805 km²)
306 sq mi (792 km²)
5 sq mi (13 km²), 1.61%
 - (2000)
 - Density

23/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Cumberland County is a county located in the state of Kentucky in the United States. It was formed in 1799. As of 2000, the population is 7,147. Its county seat is Burkesville6. The county is named for the Cumberland River; it's a prohibition or dry county.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 805 km² (311 sq mi). 792 km² (306 sq mi) of it is land and 13 km² (5 sq mi) of it (1.61%) is water. Major waterways include the Cumberland River and a small branch of Dale Hollow Lake which covers the southern end of the county.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 3,284
1810 6,191 88.5%
1820 8,058 30.2%
1830 8,624 7.0%
1840 6,090 −29.4%
1850 7,005 15.0%
1860 7,340 4.8%
1870 7,690 4.8%
1880 8,894 15.7%
1890 8,452 −5.0%
1900 8,962 6.0%
1910 9,846 9.9%
1920 10,648 8.1%
1930 10,204 −4.2%
1940 11,923 16.8%
1950 9,309 −21.9%
1960 7,835 −15.8%
1970 6,850 −12.6%
1980 7,289 6.4%
1990 6,784 −6.9%
2000 7,147 5.4%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,147 people, 2,976 households, and 2,038 families residing in the county. The population density was 9/km² (23/sq mi). There were 3,567 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (12/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 95.28% White, 3.41% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 0.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,976 households out of which 29.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 28.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,572, and the median income for a family was $28,701. Males had a median income of $21,313 versus $16,548 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,643. About 16.40% of families and 23.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.30% of those under age 18 and 33.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Cumberland County was the birthplace of Joel Cheek who later made Maxwell House coffee.
  • The first American oil well was struck 3 miles north of Burkesville in 1829 on highway 61, but it is generally not recognized as such because the drillers were not searching for oil.
  • It was the first county in the United States to elect a female sheriff, Pearl Carter Pace.

References Edit

  1. ^ Historical plaque pictured at Burkesville Kentucky Online. [

See also Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 36°47′N 85°23′W / 36.78, -85.39

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