Gallatin County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Gallatin County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1798
Named for Albert Gallatin, United States Secretary of the Treasury (1801–1814).
Seat Warsaw
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

105 sq mi (271 km²)
99 sq mi (256 km²)
6 sq mi (15 km²), 5.61%
 - (2000)
 - Density

80/sq mi (31/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Gallatin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1799. As of 2000, the population is 7,870. Its county seat is Warsaw6. The county is named for Albert Gallatin a Swiss native, who became a financier, prominent American Statesman and served as Secretary of the Treasury of President Thomas Jefferson.


Gallatin is honored with a statue in front of the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.

History Edit

Gallatin county courthouse

Gallatin County Courthouse

The county was formed on December 14, 1798, Gallatin was the 31st established Kentucky county. It was derived from parts of Franklin and Shelby counties. Later, parts of the county were pared off to create three additional counties: Owen in 1819, Trimble in 1836 and Carroll in 1838. Today Gallatin is one tenth of its original size.

The American Civil War disrupted the lives of Gallatin countians. There were skirmishes in the county and some of its citizens were arrested for treason. In September 1864, George M. Jessee and his Confederate forces reportedly were in control of Gallatin and several other Kentucky counties. The report went on to state that the Confederates forces were rapidly recruiting volunteers in the area.

After the end of the American Civil War, the Ohio River near Warsaw was the scene of one of the worst steamboat accidents in history. Two passenger steamers, the America and the United States, collided. The United States carried a cargo of barrels of kerosene, which caught fire, and soon both boats were in flames. The death toll reached 162.

As the twentieth century progressed, the river trade began to decline, and the steamboat era ended. Gallatin County is traversed by I-71, U.S. 42, and U.S. 127 highways. Construction on the Markland Locks and Dam began in 1956 and was completed in 1964. In 1967 a hydroelectric power plant was built at the dam and provided jobs, but in the 1980s more than 50 percent of the population was employed outside the county.[1]

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 271 km² (105 sq mi). 256 km² (99 sq mi) of it is land and 15 km² (6 sq mi) of it (5.61%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 1,291
1810 3,307 156.2%
1820 7,075 113.9%
1830 6,674 −5.7%
1840 4,003 −40.0%
1850 5,137 28.3%
1860 5,056 −1.6%
1870 5,074 0.4%
1880 4,832 −4.8%
1890 4,611 −4.6%
1900 5,163 12.0%
1910 4,697 −9.0%
1920 4,664 −0.7%
1930 4,437 −4.9%
1940 4,307 −2.9%
1950 3,969 −7.8%
1960 3,867 −2.6%
1970 4,134 6.9%
1980 4,842 17.1%
1990 5,393 11.4%
2000 7,870 45.9%
Est. 2006 8,153 3.6%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,870 people, 2,902 households, and 2,135 families residing in the county. The population density was 31/km² (80/sq mi). There were 3,362 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (34/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.72% White, 1.59% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,902 households out of which 37.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.60% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 31.00% 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 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,422, and the median income for a family was $41,136. Males had a median income of $32,081 versus $21,803 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,416. About 11.60% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 16.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Notable residents Edit

External links Edit

Gallatin County Historical Images and Documents: Northern Kentucky Views

Coordinates: 38°46′N 84°52′W / 38.76, -84.86

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