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Hancock County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hancock County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1829
Named for John Hancock (1737–1793), signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Seat Hawesville
Largest city Lewisport
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

199 sq mi (515 km²)
189 sq mi (489 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 5.09%
 - (2000)
 - Density

44/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1829. As of 2000, the population is 8,392. It is included in the Owensboro Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Hawesville6. The county is named for John Hancock. Hancock is a prohibition or dry county.

Geography Edit

Hancock 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 515 km² (199 sq mi). 489 km² (189 sq mi) of it is land and 26 km² (10 sq mi) of it (5.09%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 1,515
1840 2,581 70.4%
1850 3,853 49.3%
1860 6,213 61.3%
1870 6,591 6.1%
1880 8,563 29.9%
1890 9,214 7.6%
1900 8,914 −3.3%
1910 8,512 −4.5%
1920 6,945 −18.4%
1930 6,147 −11.5%
1940 6,807 10.7%
1950 6,009 −11.7%
1960 5,330 −11.3%
1970 7,080 32.8%
1980 7,742 9.4%
1990 7,864 1.6%
2000 8,392 6.7%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 8,392 people, 3,215 households, and 2,436 families residing in the county. The population density was 17/km² (44/sq mi). There were 3,600 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (19/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,215 households out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.40% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.20% were non-families. 21.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,914, and the median income for a family was $42,994. Males had a median income of $35,294 versus $23,574 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,623. About 11.40% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 15.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

See also Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 37°50′N 86°47′W / 37.84, -86.78

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