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McLean County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting McLean County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1854
Named for Alney McLean (1815–1817; 1819–1821), United States Representative.
Seat Calhoun
Largest city Livermore
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

256 sq mi (663 km²)
254 sq mi (659 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.73%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

9,938
39/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website mcleanliving.com

McLean County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky; its population was 9,938 in the 2000 Census. It is included in the Owensboro Metropolitan Statistical Area. McLean County's county seat is at Calhoun6. McLean County, with Daviess and Hancock Counties, is part of the Owensboro Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which has a population of some 110,314 (2002 estimate). McLean is a prohibition or dry county.

History Edit

The county was formed by act of the Kentucky legislature in 1854 from portions of surrounding Daviess, Ohio, and Muhlenberg Counties, and was named for Judge Alney McLean, founder of Greenville, the county seat of Muhlenberg County.

Geography Edit

The county has a total area of 663 km² (256 sq mi). 659 km² (254 sq mi) of it is land and 5 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.73%) is water.

Geographic features Edit

McLean County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky.

The county is transected southeast to northwest by Green River, the longest river entirely within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Bridge crossings of Green River are at Calhoun, Livermore and west of Beech Grove. Green River is navigable throughout McLean County, with Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam #2 at Calhoun assisting boat navigation.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 6,144
1870 7,614 23.9%
1880 9,293 22.1%
1890 9,887 6.4%
1900 12,448 25.9%
1910 13,241 6.4%
1920 12,502 −5.6%
1930 11,072 −11.4%
1940 11,446 3.4%
1950 10,021 −12.4%
1960 9,355 −6.6%
1970 9,062 −3.1%
1980 10,090 11.3%
1990 9,628 −4.6%
2000 9,938 3.2%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/211479.txt

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,938 people, 3,984 households, and 2,880 families residing in the county. The population density was 15/km² (39/sq mi). There were 4,392 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (17/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.58% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,984 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,675, and the median income for a family was $35,322. Males had a median income of $28,446 versus $19,432 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,046. About 13.70% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.10% of those under age 18 and 18.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

The county has four incorporated cities.

  • Calhoun, population 837, sits on the north bank of Green River in the central area of the county and is the seat of government.
  • Livermore, The largest community in McLean County is the city of Livermore, population 1,482, which lies in the eastern part of the county at the scenic confluence of Rough and Green Rivers. Livermore's bridge are noteworthy, as it begins in McLean County, crosses the Rough River, passes over and has a pylon on a sliver of Ohio County territory, crosses Green River, then ends back in McLean County.

The two remaining cities, Sacramento and Island, are situated in the south of the county.

  • Sacramento is home to the annual Battle of Sacramento Civil War Reenactment, the largest tourist event in the county, and has a population of 517.
  • Island is noted for its annual Wooden Bridge Festival and has a population of 435.

McLean County has two other sizable, but unincorporated, towns.

  • Beech Grove, The larger of the two, is situated in the hills of the county panhandle.
  • Rumsey, is an historic community that lies across from Calhoun on the south bank of Green River.

Other notable hamlets in the county include:

Comer, Congleton, Wrightsburg, Elba, Poverty, Cleopatra, Lemon, Wyman, Pack, Semiway, Poplar Grove, Guffie, Buel, Nuckols, Livia, Glenville, and Buttonsberry.

Education Edit

McLean County has a county-wide public school district of some 1,700 students with one high school.

  • McLean County High School of approximately 500 students and one grade 6-8 middle school
  • McLean County Middle School of roughly 350 students. Mclean County Middle School in the 2006 and 2007 year ranked third in final year testing and second in public schools to Hancock County.

Both schools are located just east of Calhoun on Highway 136 and have the cougar as mascots.

Additionally, the county school system has three grade K-5 elementary schools in the towns of Calhoun, Livermore and Sacramento. The Calhoun and Livermore elementaries have about 300 students each, while Sacramento Elementary has 125 students. The future of the Sacramento school is still in question, although the local board of education has endorsed plans to renovate the school if costs can be contained.

At any time, between 350 and 400 county residents are enrolled in higher education of some form.

See also Edit

Coordinates: 37°32′N 87°16′W / 37.53, -87.26

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