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Grant County, Kentucky
The Grant County courthouse in Williamstown
Map of Kentucky highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1820
Seat Williamstown
Largest city Williamstown
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

261 sq mi (676 km²)
258 sq mi (668 km²)
2.8 sq mi (7 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

24,682
96/sq mi (37/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website grantcounty.ky.gov

Grant County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,662.[1] Its county seat is Williamstown.[2] The county was formed in 1820 and named for Colonel John Grant,[3] who led a party of settlers in 1779 to establish Grant's Station, in today's Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Grant County is included in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Grant County is a limited dry county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited, except in Crittenden, Corinth, Dry Ridge and Williamstown, where it is legal by the drink in restaurants seating at least 100 diners and deriving at least 70% of total sales from food. In the 19th century, Grant County contained multiple saloons.[4]

The Grant County News, established in 1906 and published in Williamstown, is preserved on microfilm by the University of Kentucky Libraries. The microfilm holdings are listed in a master negative database on the UK Libraries Preservation and Digital Programs website.[5]

HistoryEdit

Grant County was established in 1820 from land taken from Pendleton County. The present courthouse, built in 1939, replaced two earlier structures. In 1975, many residents reported seeing a UFO at Williamstown Lake.[6]

In 2016, the Christian organization "Answers in Genesis" (AiG), run by Christian entrepreneur and self-proclaimed Creationist Ken Ham, along with local entrepreneur Mike Zovath, opened a private park with a five-story-high depiction of Noah's Ark from the Biblical book of Genesis, called the "[Ark Encounter]", near Williamstown, Kentucky. This park was built as an ancillary destination to the [Creation Museum], also built and operated by Ken Ham's AiG and opened in 2007 in nearby Boone County, Kentucky. The Ark Encounter cost $125 million to build, and Ham and Zovath secured several millions of dollars in local tax credits on the basis of expected local economic expansion and enrichment that the park would generate for the county as a tourist destination. However, despite the healthy levels of tourists that the park has generated since it opened, local government and business officials have complained that the "Ark Encounter" has failed to deliver on the promised benefits to the community, primarily because the tourists that come to see the park are typically Christian church groups who are bused in and do not avail themselves of local lodging or restaurants during their visit.[7]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 261 square miles (680 km2), of which 258 square miles (670 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (1.1%) is water.[8]

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 2,986
1840 4,192 40.4%
1850 6,531 55.8%
1860 8,356 27.9%
1870 9,529 14.0%
1880 13,083 37.3%
1890 12,671 −3.1%
1900 13,239 4.5%
1910 10,581 −20.1%
1920 10,435 −1.4%
1930 9,876 −5.4%
1940 9,876 0%
1950 9,809 −0.7%
1960 9,489 −3.3%
1970 9,999 5.4%
1980 13,308 33.1%
1990 15,737 18.3%
2000 22,384 42.2%
2010 24,682 10.3%
Est. 2016 24,923 [9] 11.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 22,384 people, 8,175 households, and 6,221 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 per square mile (33 /km2). There were 9,306 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.31% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,175 households out of which 39.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.10% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.90% were non-families. 19.80% 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 2.72 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 31.50% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 9.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,438, and the median income for a family was $42,605. Males had a median income of $31,987 versus $23,669 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,776. About 9.00% of families and 11.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.10% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

Grant County Library

The Grant County Library

Grant County has six schools: Crittenden Mt Zion (CMZ), Dry Ridge Elementary (DRE), Sherman Elementary (SES), Mason Corinth Elementary (MCE), Grant County Middle School (GCMS), Grant County High School (GCHS) and Williamstown Independent Schools (WES)- (WMS) – (WHS).

Grant County's only library is located in Williamstown, Kentucky.

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 76.0% 7,268 20.0% 1,910 4.0% 381
2012 65.8% 5,664 32.6% 2,810 1.6% 134
2008 62.9% 5,510 35.6% 3,112 1.5% 132
2004 67.4% 5,951 31.9% 2,818 0.6% 55
2000 62.0% 4,405 36.2% 2,568 1.8% 130
1996 45.4% 2,697 42.8% 2,541 11.8% 699
1992 39.4% 2,128 38.9% 2,097 21.7% 1,170
1988 59.1% 2,835 39.5% 1,896 1.5% 70
1984 61.7% 2,840 36.6% 1,685 1.7% 78
1980 42.5% 1,779 54.3% 2,272 3.2% 132
1976 33.4% 1,212 64.3% 2,336 2.4% 86
1972 64.0% 2,086 32.4% 1,054 3.6% 118
1968 39.4% 1,386 33.2% 1,169 27.5% 967
1964 30.1% 2,461 69.4% 1,068 0.5% 16
1960 53.3% 2,163 46.8% 1,899 0.0% 0
1956 42.0% 1,680 57.6% 2,300 0.4% 16
1952 38.7% 1,609 61.2% 2,545 0.2% 7
1948 30.2% 1,154 68.9% 2,633 0.8% 32
1944 40.1% 1,621 59.6% 2,413 0.3% 13
1940 36.0% 1,535 63.9% 2,729 0.1% 5
1936 34.4% 1,353 65.0% 2,560 0.7% 26
1932 30.6% 1,407 68.6% 3,148 0.8% 37
1928 59.5% 2,448 40.4% 1,662 0.2% 6
1924 39.5% 1,404 54.0% 1,923 6.5% 232
1920 37.2% 1,613 61.9% 2,686 0.9% 38
1916 36.4% 1,078 62.2% 1,841 1.3% 39
1912 32.4% 837 60.5% 1,562 7.1% 182

InfrastructureEdit

TransportationEdit

Public transportation is provided by Senior Services of Northern Kentucky with demand-response service.[16]

CommunitiesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21081.html. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. https://web.archive.org/web/20110531210815/http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Bergstrom, Bill (December 11, 1984). "Origins of place names are traced". Kentucky New Era: pp. 2B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1AksAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cG0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3595%2C5275109. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 290. https://books.google.com/books?id=F5FQAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA290. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. pp. 238. https://books.google.com/books?id=hAVlVS29NKIC&lpg=PA193&dq=%22bell%20county%22%201914%201918%201976&pg=PA238#v=onepage&q=%22bell%20county%22%201914%201918%201976&f=false. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Ark Encounter hasn’t spurred nearby economy, Richmond Register, 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ "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 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. http://www.webcitation.org/6YSasqtfX?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.census.gov%2Fprod%2Fwww%2Fdecennial.html. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ky190090.txt. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ "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 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  16. ^ "SSNK Transportation Services". Archived from the original on 2015-05-20. https://web.archive.org/web/20150520162129/http://www.seniorservicesnky.org/transportation/. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 38°38′N 84°37′W / 38.64, -84.61


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