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Hardin County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hardin County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1793
Named for Colonel John Hardin (1753–1792), American Revolutionary War soldier serving with George Rogers Clark, killed in Northwest Indian War.
Seat Elizabethtown
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

630 sq mi (1,631 km²)
628 sq mi (1,626 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.30%
 - (2000)
 - Density

150/sq mi (58/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Hardin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1793. As of 2000, the population was 94,174. Its county seat is at Elizabethtown6. The county is named for John Hardin, a Continental Army officer during the American Revolution. President Abraham Lincoln was born in what was then Hardin County near Hodgenville, now part of modern-day LaRue County.

Hardin County is a limited dry county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except by the drink in restaurants seating at least 100 diners in the cities of Elizabethtown and Radcliff, and at the Pine Valley Golf Resort.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,631 km² (630 sq mi). 1,626 km² (628 sq mi) of it is land and 5 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.30%) is water.

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 3,653
1810 7,531 106.2%
1820 10,498 39.4%
1830 12,849 22.4%
1840 16,357 27.3%
1850 14,525 −11.2%
1860 15,189 4.6%
1870 15,705 3.4%
1880 22,564 43.7%
1890 21,304 −5.6%
1900 22,937 7.7%
1910 22,696 −1.1%
1920 24,287 7.0%
1930 20,913 −13.9%
1940 29,108 39.2%
1950 50,312 72.8%
1960 67,789 34.7%
1970 78,421 15.7%
1980 88,917 13.4%
1990 89,240 0.4%
2000 94,174 5.5%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 94,174 people, 34,497 households, and 25,355 families residing in the county. The population density was 58/km² (150/sq mi). There were 37,673 housing units at an average density of 23/km² (60/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 81.99% White, 11.87% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 1.35% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. 3.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 34,497 households out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07. The largest metropolitan area in the county is the City of Elizabethtown.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 31.50% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 102.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,744, and the median income for a family was $43,610. Males had a median income of $30,743 versus $22,688 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,487. About 8.20% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 37°42′N 85°58′W / 37.70, -85.96

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