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Harrison County, Kentucky
Harrison county kentucky courthouse
Harrison County Courthouse in Cynthiana
Map of Kentucky highlighting Harrison County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1793
Named for Benjamin Harrison
Seat Cynthiana
Largest city Cynthiana
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

310 sq mi (803 km²)
306 sq mi (793 km²)
3.5 sq mi (9 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

18,846
62/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional districts 4th, 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Harrison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,846.[1] Its county seat is Cynthiana.[2] The county was founded in 1793 and named for Colonel Benjamin Harrison, an advocate for Kentucky statehood, framer of the Kentucky Constitution, and Kentucky legislator.

HistoryEdit

Harrison County was formed on December 21, 1793 from portions of Bourbon and Scott Counties.[3] Harrison was the 17th Kentucky county in order of formation.[4] It was named after Colonel Benjamin Harrison, an early settler in the area.[5] The First Battle of Cynthiana was on July 17, 1862, part of Col. John Hunt Morgan's First Kentucky Raid. Morgan's Last Kentucky Raid included on June 11–12, 1864 the Civil War Second Battle of Cynthiana which was fought near Keller's Bridge and the later site of Battle of Grove Cemetery. On the first day, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his 1,200 Kentucky cavalrymen captured the town, making prisoners of its Union garrison (five companies from the 168th Ohio Infantry Regiment and a small group of local home guards) and nearly the entire 171st Ohio Infantry Regiment later that morning. Despite being low on ammunition, Morgan chose to stay and fight the enemy forces he knew were on their way. Union General Stephen G. Burbridge and his 2,400 cavalry and mounted infantry attacked him the next morning, driving the outnumbered Confederates from the town and freeing the prisoners.[6]

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 310 square miles (800 km2), of which 306 square miles (790 km2) is land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) (1.1%) is water.[7]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 4,350
1810 7,752 78.2%
1820 12,278 58.4%
1830 13,234 7.8%
1840 12,472 −5.8%
1850 13,064 4.7%
1860 13,779 5.5%
1870 12,993 −5.7%
1880 16,504 27.0%
1890 16,914 2.5%
1900 18,570 9.8%
1910 16,873 −9.1%
1920 15,798 −6.4%
1930 14,859 −5.9%
1940 15,124 1.8%
1950 13,736 −9.2%
1960 13,704 −0.2%
1970 14,158 3.3%
1980 15,166 7.1%
1990 16,248 7.1%
2000 17,983 10.7%
2010 18,846 4.8%
Est. 2016 18,646 [8] 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 17,983 people, 7,012 households, and 5,062 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 per square mile (22 /km2). There were 7,660 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (9.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.65% White, 2.52% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,012 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,210, and the median income for a family was $42,065. Males had a median income of $31,045 versus $23,268 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,478. About 9.40% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.80% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

  • Boyd
  • Breckinridge
  • Broadwell
  • Buena Vista
  • Colville
  • Connersville
  • Hooktown
  • Lair
  • Lees Lick
  • Leesburg
  • Kelat
  • Morningglory
  • Oddville
  • Poindexter
  • Ruddels Mills
  • Rutland
  • Shadynook
  • Shawhan
  • Sunrise

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 69.9% 5,435 26.1% 2,031 4.0% 315
2012 63.6% 4,556 34.5% 2,471 1.9% 136
2008 59.6% 4,520 38.4% 2,916 2.0% 154
2004 62.8% 4,855 36.3% 2,807 0.9% 69
2000 57.4% 3,793 40.2% 2,658 2.4% 160
1996 39.2% 2,433 47.3% 2,934 13.5% 837
1992 34.7% 2,148 45.2% 2,795 20.1% 1,246
1988 51.9% 2,983 47.8% 2,748 0.4% 22
1984 58.9% 3,467 40.8% 2,405 0.3% 18
1980 38.7% 2,184 58.8% 3,319 2.5% 142
1976 34.4% 1,911 64.5% 3,582 1.0% 58
1972 59.7% 2,732 38.9% 1,780 1.4% 64
1968 33.8% 1,637 48.9% 2,373 17.3% 840
1964 20.1% 4,179 79.7% 1,054 0.3% 13
1960 39.9% 2,306 60.2% 3,481 0.0% 0
1956 37.6% 2,128 62.1% 3,515 0.3% 14
1952 35.6% 1,866 64.3% 3,367 0.1% 7
1948 25.1% 1,224 71.5% 3,494 3.4% 168
1944 28.2% 1,466 71.4% 3,706 0.4% 20
1940 28.7% 1,707 71.0% 4,228 0.3% 19
1936 28.6% 1,756 71.2% 4,378 0.2% 15
1932 27.0% 1,833 72.3% 4,909 0.7% 48
1928 47.9% 2,909 52.1% 3,164 0.1% 5
1924 35.0% 2,165 63.4% 3,924 1.6% 100
1920 32.9% 2,378 66.4% 4,804 0.8% 57
1916 33.2% 1,409 65.4% 2,778 1.4% 59
1912 30.0% 1,193 63.3% 2,514 6.7% 267

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County by William A. Penn, 2016, University Press of Kentucky

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21097.html. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Harrison County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. http://www.kyenc.org/entry/h/HARRI04.html. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. pp. 26. https://books.google.com/books?id=gZFQAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA26#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 132. https://books.google.com/books?id=3Lac2FUSj_oC&lpg=PA49&dq=cannon%20ky&pg=PA132#v=onepage&q=cannon%20ky&f=false. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  6. ^ Penn, William A. (2016). Kentucky Rebel Town: Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County. Lexington, Ky.: U. Press of Kentucky. pp. 105, 175, 193, 205. ISBN 9780813167718. 
  7. ^ "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 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ky190090.txt. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "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 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Coordinates: 38°26′N 84°20′W / 38.44, -84.33


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