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LaRue County, Kentucky
Larue County Kentucky courthouse
LaRue County courthouse in Hodgenville
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
Seat Hodgenville
Largest city Hodgenville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

264 sq mi (684 km²)
262 sq mi (679 km²)
2.1 sq mi (5 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

14,193
54/sq mi (21/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.laruecounty.org

LaRue County is a county located in the center of the U.S. state of Kentucky, outside the Bluegrass Region and larger centers of population. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,193.[1] Its county seat is Hodgenville,[2] a city best known as the birthplace of United States President Abraham Lincoln. The county was formed on March 4, 1843 from portions of Hardin County and named after John LaRue, an early settler.[3][4]

LaRue County is included in the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Louisville/Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Madison, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area.

LaRue is a prohibition or dry county.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 264 square miles (680 km2), of which 262 square miles (680 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.8%) is water.[5]

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

DemographicsEdit

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%
2010 14,193 6.1%
Est. 2016 14,096 [6] 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 13,373 people, 5,275 households, and 3,866 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 5,860 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). 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.

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

Other unincorporated placesEdit

ChurchesEdit

  • Hodgenville Pentecostal Church (HPC)
  • Hodgenville United Methodist Church
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
  • LaRue Baptist Church, an Independent Baptist church
  • Victory 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), Hodgenville
  • Buffalo Baptist Church, Buffalo
  • Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
  • Union Christian Church
  • Magnolia Baptist Church
  • Roanoke House of Prayer
  • Lane Lincoln Baptist Church
  • Athertonville Baptist Church
  • Oakhill Baptist Church
  • South Fork Baptist Church
  • Wesley Meadows United Methodist Church
  • Levelwoods United Methodist Church

Lincoln DaysEdit

The county sponsors the annual Lincoln Days celebration, which takes place on the first full weekend of each October. The festival is Friday through Sunday. Highlights include the 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).

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 75.4% 4,799 20.1% 1,278 4.6% 290
2012 67.9% 3,911 30.1% 1,733 2.1% 120
2008 67.2% 4,153 31.0% 1,913 1.8% 112
2004 68.9% 4,111 30.6% 1,823 0.6% 34
2000 65.3% 3,384 33.4% 1,727 1.3% 68
1996 45.9% 2,140 43.8% 2,040 10.3% 478
1992 43.7% 2,154 44.4% 2,190 11.9% 586
1988 58.6% 2,590 41.2% 1,822 0.3% 11
1984 65.3% 2,873 34.4% 1,514 0.3% 13
1980 47.1% 2,000 51.4% 2,183 1.6% 66
1976 38.6% 1,409 60.4% 2,207 1.1% 39
1972 61.5% 2,449 37.3% 1,483 1.2% 48
1968 47.8% 1,862 32.1% 1,251 20.1% 784
1964 30.2% 2,742 69.3% 1,195 0.5% 20
1960 60.9% 2,668 39.1% 1,713 0.0% 0
1956 56.1% 2,387 43.7% 1,859 0.3% 13
1952 56.0% 2,161 44.0% 1,701 0.0% 0
1948 39.0% 1,277 57.0% 1,864 4.0% 130
1944 42.6% 1,550 56.7% 2,065 0.7% 26
1940 34.6% 1,309 65.1% 2,463 0.2% 9
1936 33.2% 1,151 66.5% 2,305 0.3% 11
1932 31.7% 1,235 68.0% 2,650 0.4% 14
1928 52.2% 1,892 47.6% 1,727 0.2% 6
1924 40.4% 1,372 58.7% 1,993 0.9% 29
1920 43.7% 1,838 56.1% 2,361 0.3% 12
1916 40.7% 936 58.7% 1,350 0.6% 13
1912 17.4% 390 56.4% 1,265 26.3% 590

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21123.html. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.kyenc.org/entry/l/LARUE02.html
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 35. https://books.google.com/books?id=luoxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA35#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  5. ^ "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 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ky190090.txt. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "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 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Coordinates: 37°34′36″N 85°41′12″W / 37.57667, -85.68667


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