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Lewis County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lewis County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1807
Named for Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809), of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Seat Vanceburg
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

496 sq mi (1,284 km²)
484 sq mi (1,255 km²)
11 sq mi (29 km²), 2.26%
 - (2000)
 - Density

29/sq mi (11/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population is 14,092. Its county seat is Vanceburg6. The county is named for Meriwether Lewis.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,284 km² (496 sq mi). 1,255 km² (484 sq mi) of it is land and 29 km² (11 sq mi) of it (2.26%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 14,092 people, 5,422 households, and 4,050 families residing in the county. The population density was 11/km² (29/sq mi). There were 6,173 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.92% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,422 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.30% were non-families. 22.50% 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 2.56 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,208, and the median income for a family was $26,109. Males had a median income of $25,522 versus $18,764 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,031. About 23.50% of families and 28.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.40% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 2,357
1820 3,973 68.6%
1830 5,229 31.6%
1840 6,306 20.6%
1850 7,202 14.2%
1860 8,361 16.1%
1870 9,115 9.0%
1880 13,154 44.3%
1890 14,803 12.5%
1900 17,868 20.7%
1910 16,887 −5.5%
1920 15,829 −6.3%
1930 14,315 −9.6%
1940 15,686 9.6%
1950 13,520 −13.8%
1960 13,115 −3.0%
1970 12,355 −5.8%
1980 14,545 17.7%
1990 13,029 −10.4%
2000 14,092 8.2%

Cities and towns Edit

Public servicesEdit


A view of the Lewis County Middle School near Vanceburg from KY 10

The residents of Lewis County are served by the Lewis County School District. The main complex is located west of Vanceburg on KY 10.

Notable individuals from Lewis CountyEdit

  • Faith Esham - performer (opera) and recitalist[1]


  1. ^ Jenny Lavender. "Madam Butterfly". Portsmouth Daily Times. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 38°32′N 83°23′W / 38.53, -83.39

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