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Grayson County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Grayson County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1810
Named for Colonel William Grayson (1740–1790), American Revolutionary War aide to George Washington, delegate to the Virginia General Assembly and Continental Congress.
Seat Leitchfield
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

511 sq mi (1,323 km²)
504 sq mi (1,305 km²)
7 sq mi (19 km²), 1.40%
 - (2000)
 - Density

48/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Grayson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1810. As of 2000, the population was 24,053. Its county seat is Leitchfield6. The county is named for William Grayson. It is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography Edit

Grayson County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,323 km² (511 sq mi). 1,305 km² (504 sq mi) of it is land and 19 km² (7 sq mi) of it (1.40%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Grayson County, Kentucky courthouse

The courthouse in Leitchfield

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,055
1830 3,880 −4.3%
1840 4,461 15.0%
1850 6,837 53.3%
1860 7,982 16.7%
1870 11,580 45.1%
1880 15,784 36.3%
1890 18,688 18.4%
1900 19,878 6.4%
1910 19,958 0.4%
1920 19,927 −0.2%
1930 17,055 −14.4%
1940 17,562 3.0%
1950 17,063 −2.8%
1960 15,834 −7.2%
1970 16,445 3.9%
1980 20,854 26.8%
1990 21,050 0.9%
2000 24,053 14.3%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 24,053 people, 9,596 households, and 6,966 families residing in the county. The population density was 18/km² (48/sq mi). There were 12,802 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (25/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.26% White, 0.50% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,596 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,639, and the median income for a family was $33,080. Males had a median income of $27,759 versus $19,302 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,759. About 13.90% of families and 18.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.10% of those under age 18 and 15.70% of those age 65 or over.</div>

Cities and towns Edit

Events Edit

Every July, Grayson County hosts the Official Kentucky State Old Time Fiddlers Contest, which brings many elite fiddlers from several states to the Rough River Dam State Resort Park area. The contest is a weekend event. Also in July, the local radio station holds the annual Ice Cream Festival, which features music, fireworks, and a carnival. In late August and early September, Grayson County hosts the annual Grayson County Fair, which entertains locals and guests with music, a carnival, a Truck and Tractor Pull, a Demolition Derby, and ends on Labor Day with a parade through Leitchfield. In September the city of Clarkson hosts the annual Honeyfest. This festival celebrates the city and the contributions of Clarkson's Walter T. Kelley Beehive Factory.

In early October, the city of Caneyville holds the annual Caneyville Fair.

Local Links Edit

See also Edit

Coordinates: 37°28′N 86°21′W / 37.46, -86.35

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