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Henry County, Kentucky
Henry County, Kentucky courthouse
Henry County courthouse in New Castle, Kentucky.
Map of Kentucky highlighting Henry County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1799
Named for Patrick Henry (1736–1799), Revolutionary War patriot.
Seat New Castle
Largest city Eminence
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

291.11 sq mi (754 km²)
289.32 sq mi (749 km²)
1.79 sq mi (5 km²), 0.61%
 - (2000)
 - Density

52/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Henry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky bordering the Kentucky River. It was formed in 1799 and named for the statesman Patrick Henry.

As of 2000, the population is 15,060. Its county seat is New Castle.[1] Since the 1990s, it has become an increasingly important exurb county in the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, especially as land prices have skyrocketed in neighboring Oldham County.

With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a moist county— a county in which alcohol sales are prohibited (a dry county), but containing a "wet" city. Eminence allows package alcohol sales.[2]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 291.11 square miles (754.0 km2), of which 289.32 square miles (749.3 km2) (or 99.39%) is land and 1.79 square miles (4.6 km2) (or 0.61%) is water.[3]

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 3,258
1810 6,777 108.0%
1820 10,816 59.6%
1830 11,387 5.3%
1840 10,015 −12.0%
1850 11,442 14.2%
1860 11,949 4.4%
1870 11,066 −7.4%
1880 14,492 31.0%
1890 14,164 −2.3%
1900 14,620 3.2%
1910 13,716 −6.2%
1920 13,411 −2.2%
1930 12,564 −6.3%
1940 12,220 −2.7%
1950 11,394 −6.8%
1960 10,987 −3.6%
1970 10,910 −0.7%
1980 12,740 16.8%
1990 12,823 0.7%
2000 15,060 17.4%
Est. 2006 16,025 6.4%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 15,060 people, 5,844 households, and 4,330 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 per square mile (20 /km2). There were 6,381 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.97% White, 3.30% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.26% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 2.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,844 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.97.

The age distribution was 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,263, and the median income for a family was $45,009. Males had a median income of $31,478 versus $21,982 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,846. About 10.40% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.50% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.

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Notable residentsEdit

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Coordinates: 38°28′N 85°07′W / 38.46, -85.12

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