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Lawrence County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lawrence County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1822
Named for James Lawrence (1781–1813), naval commander during the War of 1812.
Seat Louisa
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

420 sq mi (1,088 km²)
419 sq mi (1,085 km²)
1 sq mi (4 km²), 0.32%
 - (2000)
 - Density

37/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population is 15,569. Its county seat is Louisa6. The county is named for James Lawrence. It is the home of country music star Ricky Skaggs. It is the birthplace of the late Chief Justice of the United States Frederick Moore Vinson and former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton. Lawrence County is one of 55 counties in Kentucky that is a dry county, meaning the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited everywhere in the county.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,088 km² (420 sq mi). 1,085 km² (419 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.32%) is water.

Points of Interest Edit

The bridge from Louisa, in eastern Lawrence County, to Fort Gay, W.Va. is something of a geographic and architectural oddity. The quarter-mile concrete span spans two forks of the Big Sandy River, connects two states and has a right turn at its halfway point, which connects traffic to the Point Section neighborhood of Louisa.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 3,900
1840 4,730 21.3%
1850 6,281 32.8%
1860 7,601 21.0%
1870 8,497 11.8%
1880 13,262 56.1%
1890 17,702 33.5%
1900 19,612 10.8%
1910 20,067 2.3%
1920 17,643 −12.1%
1930 16,713 −5.3%
1940 17,275 3.4%
1950 14,418 −16.5%
1960 12,134 −15.8%
1970 10,726 −11.6%
1980 14,121 31.7%
1990 13,998 −0.9%
2000 15,569 11.2%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 15,569 people, 5,954 households, and 4,477 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (37/sq mi). There were 7,040 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (17/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.93% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,954 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.30% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.80% were non-families. 22.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,610, and the median income for a family was $26,113. Males had a median income of $30,735 versus $19,174 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,008. About 25.30% of families and 30.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.00% of those under age 18 and 27.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

See also Edit

External links Edit

Coordinates: 38°04′N 82°44′W / 38.06, -82.73

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