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Monroe County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Monroe County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1820
Named for James Monroe, President of the United States (1817–1825).
Seat Tompkinsville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

332 sq mi (860 km²)
331 sq mi (857 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.39%
 - (2000)
 - Density

14/sq mi (36/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Monroe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population is 11,756. Its county seat is Tompkinsville6. The county is named for President James Monroe. It's a prohibition or dry county.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 860 km² (332 sq mi). 857 km² (331 sq mi) of it is land and 3 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.39%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 5,340
1840 6,526 22.2%
1850 7,756 18.8%
1860 8,551 10.3%
1870 9,231 8.0%
1880 10,741 16.4%
1890 10,989 2.3%
1900 13,053 18.8%
1910 13,663 4.7%
1920 14,214 4.0%
1930 13,077 −8.0%
1940 14,070 7.6%
1950 13,770 −2.1%
1960 11,799 −14.3%
1970 11,642 −1.3%
1980 12,353 6.1%
1990 11,401 −7.7%
2000 11,756 3.1%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 11,756 people, 4,741 households, and 3,380 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (36/sq mi). There were 5,288 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 95.57% White, 2.76% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.01% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,741 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,356, and the median income for a family was $27,112. Males had a median income of $21,820 versus $17,783 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,365. About 20.00% of families and 23.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 30.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

Trivia Edit

President Abraham Lincoln's half third cousin, Thomas Lincoln (1780–1844), lived in the Meshack Creek area of present day Monroe County and served two terms as constable of Cumberland County in 1802 and 1804. In 1810 he left Kentucky and migrated to Ohio and Indiana. In 1799 Thomas Lincoln married Patsy Gee from Meshack Creek. This Thomas Lincoln was not the father of President Abraham Lincoln.

See also Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 36°43′N 85°43′W / 36.71, -85.72

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