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Graves County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Graves County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1824
Named for Major Benjamin F. Graves (1771–1813), killed at the Battle of River Raisin.
Seat Mayfield
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

556 sq mi (1,441 km²)
556 sq mi (1,439 km²)
1 sq mi (2 km²), 0.16%
 - (2000)
 - Density

67/sq mi (26/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Graves County is located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1824. As of 2000, the population was 37,028. Its county seat is Mayfield6. The county is named for Major Benjamin Franklin Graves, soldier in the War of 1812 honored after the Battle of River Raisin.

Graves County is a “limited” dry county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except by the drink in restaurants in Mayfield or at the Mayfield Golf & Country Club.

History Edit

As one of Kentucky's largest counties, Graves's history of legends and leaders includes a US Vice President, four US Congressmen, famous and infamous heroes, singers and songwriters, noted writers and a legacy of historic sites.

The fertile land attracted early settlers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, who brought with them a degree of education and culture and a fierce determination to succeed on the land. Remarkable in their achievements as craftsmen and farmers they put down roots to blend a political, economic, and social environment unique, perhaps only to Graves County.

Tobacco was very much as part of the local economy over the years and Graves County has a rich history of the dark-fired and dark-air-cured leaf tobacco used in smokeless tobacco farming. A woolen mill, began operation prior to the civil war and continued to grow with the men's clothing market. Several clothing companies were added and the town's minor league baseball team was even called the Mayfield Clothiers.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,441 km² (556 sq mi). 1,439 km² (556 sq mi) of it is land and 2 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.16%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 2,504
1840 7,465 198.1%
1850 11,397 52.7%
1860 16,233 42.4%
1870 19,398 19.5%
1880 24,138 24.4%
1890 28,534 18.2%
1900 33,204 16.4%
1910 33,539 1.0%
1920 32,483 −3.1%
1930 30,778 −5.2%
1940 31,763 3.2%
1950 31,364 −1.3%
1960 30,021 −4.3%
1970 30,939 3.1%
1980 34,049 10.1%
1990 33,550 −1.5%
2000 37,028 10.4%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 37,028 people, 14,841 households, and 10,566 families residing in the county. The population density was 26/km² (67/sq mi). There were 16,340 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (29/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 92.73% White, 4.44% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.30% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. 2.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,841 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 26.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,874, and the median income for a family was $38,054. Males had a median income of $32,016 versus $20,177 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,834. About 13.10% of families and 16.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.70% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns, and communities Edit

Notable Graves Countians Edit

See also Edit

External links Edit

Coordinates: 36°43′N 88°39′W / 36.72, -88.65

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