Henderson County, Kentucky
Henderson County Courthouse in Henderson, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Henderson County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1799
Named for Richard Henderson (1734–1785), founder of the Transylvania Company.
Seat Henderson
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

467.24 sq mi (1,210 km²)
440.12 sq mi (1,140 km²)
27.11 sq mi (70 km²), 5.80%
 - (2000)
 - Density

102/sq mi (39/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Henderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1799. As the latest census data update of 2010, the population was counted 46,250. The county seat is the City of Henderson.[1] The county was named for Colonel Richard Henderson who originally purchased 17,000,000 acres (69,000 km²) of land from the Cherokee Indians, only to have the purchase voided by the Virginia legislature. Then, in 1778, the Richard Henderson Company was granted 200,000 acres (800 km²) in recognition of the $50,000 paid by the company to the Cherokee Indians in the Treaty of Watauga. Land in that grant is included in the present boundary of Henderson County.

Henderson County is part of the Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Kentucky clergyman and university president LaVerne Butler was born in Henderson County in 1926.[2]

Geography Edit

Henderson County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 467.24 square miles (1,210.1 km2), of which 440.12 square miles (1,139.9 km2) (or 94.20%) is land and 27.11 square miles (70.2 km2) (or 5.80%) is water.[3]

Adjacent countiesEdit

  • A strip known as "Green River Island" is claimed by Kentucky but is on the Indiana side of the Ohio River. The Ellis Park Racecourse is located here.

Also the home of the Southern Cherokee Nation in 1893 the Southern Cherokee was welcomed to Kentucky and recognized as an Indian tribe by Governor John Y. Brown. The Southern Cherokee still live in Henderson, Co today.

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 1,468
1810 4,703 220.4%
1820 5,714 21.5%
1830 6,659 16.5%
1840 9,548 43.4%
1850 12,171 27.5%
1860 14,262 17.2%
1870 18,457 29.4%
1880 24,515 32.8%
1890 29,536 20.5%
1900 32,907 11.4%
1910 29,352 −10.8%
1920 27,609 −5.9%
1930 26,295 −4.8%
1940 27,020 2.8%
1950 30,715 13.7%
1960 33,519 9.1%
1970 36,031 7.5%
1980 40,849 13.4%
1990 43,044 5.4%
2000 44,829 4.1%
Est. 2010 46,250 3.2%

As of the census[4] of 2010, there are 46,250 people, 18,095 households, and 12,576 families residing in the county. The population density was 102 per square mile (39 /km2). There were 19,466 housing units at an average density of 44 per square mile (17 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.16% White, 7.10% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,095 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.40% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,892, and the median income for a family was $44,703. Males had a median income of $33,838 versus $22,572 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,470. About 9.70% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Neighborhoods and Unincorporated places Edit

After merger, unincorporated places in Henderson County became neighborhoods of Henderson

See alsoEdit


Coordinates: 37°48′N 87°34′W / 37.80, -87.57

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