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Grayson County, Kentucky
Grayson County, Kentucky courthouse
Grayson County courthouse in Leitchfield
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 William Grayson
Seat Leitchfield
Largest city Leitchfield
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

511 sq mi (1,323 km²)
497 sq mi (1,287 km²)
14 sq mi (36 km²), 2.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

25,746
52/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website http://graysoncountyclerk.ky.gov/Pages/dept.aspx

Grayson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,746.[1] Its county seat is Leitchfield.[2] The county was formed in 1810 and named for William Grayson (1740-1790), a Revolutionary War colonel and a prominent Virginia political figure. Grayson County was formerly a prohibition or dry county, though a bill was passed on March 23, 2010 to allow limited alcohol sales in restaurants.[3] As of July 21, 2016, the city of Leitchfield was officially declared "wet" and allows sale of alcohol.[4]

HistoryEdit

Grayson County was established in 1810 from land given by Hardin and Ohio counties.[5] The county is named for William Grayson (1740-1790), a Revolutionary War colonel and U.S. Senator from Virginia.[6]

Three courthouses have been destroyed through fire; in 1864 by Confederate troops, and again in 1896 and 1936.[7]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 511 square miles (1,320 km2), of which 497 square miles (1,290 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.8%) is water.[8]

Grayson County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky.

Grayson County is home to two large lakes, the Rough River Lake on the northern border of the county and Nolin River Lake in the south. The lakes attract many tourists and have led to the nickname "Twin Lakes" region being applied to the county as a whole.

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

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%
2010 25,746 7.0%
Est. 2016 26,184 [9] 8.9%
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 24,053 people, 9,596 households, and 6,966 families residing in the county. The population density was 48 per square mile (19 /km2). There were 12,802 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (9.7 /km2). 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>

Events and attractionsEdit

Grayson County is the home of the Historic Jack Thomas House which is owned and maintained by the Grayson County Historical Society. The Jack Thomas House contains a museum dedicated to the history and families of Grayson County as well as the most extensive genealogical research library for the county. It is open Monday – Friday for tours and research. Three general meetings with guest speakers relevant to the county each year are held for the membership. They are held in March, June, and October and are always open to the public. The house is open during the Twin Lakes National Fiddlers Contest (see below), the Hometown Christmas Parade as well as other special events. The house and grounds may be rented for meetings, gatherings, and weddings. Find out more at www.graysoncokyhistsoc.org or on Facebook.

Every July, Grayson County and Leitchfield hosts the Twin Lakes National Fiddlers Contest, which brings many elite fiddlers from several states to the Town Square area. The contest is a weekend event. Also in July, the City of Leitchfield hosts the annual Freedom 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. The Honeyfest kicks off with a parade in which the Grayson County High School Band and the Grayson County Middle School Band performs. Many floats with the main subject of bees and honey are presented and advertise the many businesses in and surrounding Grayson County. 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.

Also, the county is home to several attractions. In addition to the previously mentioned lakes is the historic Pine Knob Theatre, located in the community of Pine Knob. Other attractions are Calvin Ray's Live Music just west of Leitchfield, and three golf courses, including 18 hole Lafayette Golf Course in Falls of Rough.

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 77.7% 8,219 18.5% 1,959 3.8% 398
2012 69.1% 6,404 29.6% 2,744 1.3% 123
2008 66.7% 6,605 31.9% 3,154 1.5% 144
2004 70.7% 7,170 28.6% 2,905 0.7% 68
2000 68.3% 5,843 30.4% 2,604 1.3% 111
1996 55.0% 4,249 35.2% 2,716 9.8% 757
1992 53.3% 4,533 34.2% 2,909 12.5% 1,065
1988 66.1% 5,186 32.8% 2,575 1.0% 81
1984 71.0% 5,524 28.3% 2,200 0.7% 53
1980 63.0% 5,084 34.5% 2,788 2.5% 204
1976 53.9% 3,658 45.1% 3,064 1.0% 68
1972 68.0% 4,155 30.1% 1,839 1.9% 117
1968 61.1% 3,598 27.1% 1,595 11.8% 692
1964 50.5% 2,920 49.5% 2,974 0.0% 0
1960 67.1% 4,807 32.9% 2,355 0.0% 0
1956 69.3% 4,565 30.7% 2,021 0.1% 6
1952 63.1% 4,011 36.8% 2,341 0.2% 10
1948 56.1% 2,880 42.4% 2,174 1.5% 76
1944 59.6% 3,629 40.0% 2,436 0.3% 20
1940 53.9% 3,156 45.7% 2,678 0.5% 27
1936 51.9% 2,907 47.8% 2,676 0.4% 21
1932 48.8% 3,721 50.8% 3,872 0.4% 31
1928 63.1% 3,937 36.8% 2,295 0.2% 10
1924 52.2% 3,183 46.8% 2,858 1.0% 61
1920 59.2% 4,174 40.2% 2,830 0.6% 45
1916 54.3% 2,368 44.8% 1,953 0.9% 41
1912 27.1% 1,075 42.5% 1,685 30.4% 1,204

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

Census-designated placeEdit

Other unincorporated placesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21085.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. ^ "Leitchfield Passes Limited 100 Vote". Wbko.com. 2010-03-23. Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20120223142728/http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/88969612.html. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Leitchfield votes to go wet". June 22, 2016. http://www.gcnewsgazette.com/news/4591/leitchfield-votes-to-go-wet. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  5. ^ Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 293. https://books.google.com/books?id=F5FQAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA293. 
  6. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 35. https://books.google.com/books?id=luoxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA35#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. pp. 240. https://books.google.com/books?id=hAVlVS29NKIC&lpg=PA193&dq=%22bell%20county%22%201914%201918%201976&pg=PA240#v=onepage&q=%22bell%20county%22%201914%201918%201976&f=false. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  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. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External linksEdit

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


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