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Larue County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Larue County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Named for John Larue (1746–1792), early settler of Kentucky.
Seat Hodgenville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

264 sq mi (683 km²)
263 sq mi (682 km²)
1 sq mi (1 km²), 0.20%
 - (2000)
 - Density

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

LaRue County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is included in the Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population is 13,373. Its county seat is Hodgenville. LaRue is a prohibition or dry county.6.

History Edit

LaRue County, formed in 1843 and named for John LaRue, was originally the southeast part of Hardin County. It contains the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 683 km² (264 sq mi). 682 km² (263 sq mi) of it is land and 1 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.20%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 5,859
1860 6,891 17.6%
1870 8,235 19.5%
1880 9,793 18.9%
1890 9,433 −3.7%
1900 10,764 14.1%
1910 10,701 −0.6%
1920 10,004 −6.5%
1930 9,093 −9.1%
1940 9,622 5.8%
1950 9,956 3.5%
1960 10,346 3.9%
1970 10,672 3.2%
1980 11,922 11.7%
1990 11,679 −2.0%
2000 13,373 14.5%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 13,373 people, 5,275 households, and 3,866 families residing in the county. The population density was 20/km² (51/sq mi). There were 5,860 housing units at an average density of 9/km² (22/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 94.65% White, 3.54% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,275 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.70% 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 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,056, and the median income for a family was $37,786. Males had a median income of $30,907 versus $20,091 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,865. 15.40% of the population and 12.60% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.90% are under the age of 18 and 16.40% are 65 or older.

Cities and towns Edit

Churches Edit

  • LaRue Baptist Church, an Independent Baptist church
  • Vicotry Baptist Church
  • First Baptist Church of Hodgenville (mostly white congregation relocated from Downtown Hodgenville to near Lincoln Parkway on the edge of the city limits.)
  • First Baptist Church on Lincoln Blvd (mostly black congregation)
  • Buffalo Baptist Church
  • Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
  • Union Christian Church
  • Magnolia Baptist Church
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • Roanoake House of Prayer
  • Lane Lincoln Baptist Church
  • Athertonville Baptist Church

Lincoln Days Edit

LaRue County is home to the annual Lincoln Days celebration that takes place on the first full weekend of each October. The festival is Friday through Sunday and is highlighted with Lincoln Look-A-Like contests, rail-splitting competitions, a parade at noon on Saturday, shopping booths and concerts by local talent (mostly country, bluegrass and southern gospel).

See also Edit

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