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Nelson County, Kentucky
New Nelson County KY Courthouse
Nelson County Judicial Center in Bardstown
Map of Kentucky highlighting Nelson County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded November 29, 1784
Named for Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Seat Bardstown
Largest city Bardstown
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

424 sq mi (1,098 km²)
418 sq mi (1,083 km²)
6.6 sq mi (17 km²), 1.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

43,437
104/sq mi (40/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.nelsoncountyky.com

Nelson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,437.[1] Its county seat is Bardstown.[2]

Nelson County comprises the Bardstown, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Louisville/Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Madison, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area.

HistoryEdit

The fourth county created in what is now Kentucky, it was formed from Jefferson County, Virginia in 1784, shortly after the Revolutionary War.[3][4] The county was named for Thomas Nelson, Jr., a Virginia Governor who signed the Declaration of Independence.[5] In 1808, after Kentucky had become a state, a new Virginia county was named for Governor Nelson. (see Nelson County, Virginia).

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 424 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 418 square miles (1,080 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (1.5%) is water.[6]

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 11,315
1800 9,866 −12.8%
1810 14,078 42.7%
1820 16,273 15.6%
1830 14,932 −8.2%
1840 13,637 −8.7%
1850 14,789 8.4%
1860 15,799 6.8%
1870 14,804 −6.3%
1880 16,609 12.2%
1890 16,417 −1.2%
1900 16,587 1.0%
1910 16,830 1.5%
1920 16,137 −4.1%
1930 16,551 2.6%
1940 18,004 8.8%
1950 19,521 8.4%
1960 22,168 13.6%
1970 23,477 5.9%
1980 27,584 17.5%
1990 29,710 7.7%
2000 37,477 26.1%
2010 43,437 15.9%
Est. 2016 45,559 [7] 21.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 43,437 people and 18,075 housing units in the county.[13] The population density was 102.4 per square mile (39.5 /km2). There were 18,075 housing units at an average density of 42.6 per square mile (16.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.48% White (90.93% non-Hispanic), 5.03% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. 2.04% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 16,826 households out of which 36.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.09% were married couples living together, 13.19% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.35% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.37% were non-families. 24.41% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.09% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.

The age distribution was 25.98% under 18, 7.98% from 18 to 24, 26.47% from 25 to 44, 27.84% from 45 to 64, and 11.73% who were 65 or older. The median age was 37.7 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

Income data for Kentucky locations from the 2010 Census has not yet been released. As of the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the county was $39,010, and the median income for a family was $44,600. Males had a median income of $32,015 versus $21,838 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,120. About 10.00% of families and 12.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions and eventsEdit

There are many attractions and events in Bardstown. Following are attractions and events outside the county seat:

  • Rooster Run is a general store located on Kentucky Route 245 halfway between Bardstown and Clermont, well known for baseball caps featuring its logo and a 13.5-foot (4.1 m)-tall fiberglass rooster statue standing in front of the store. According to The Kentucky Encyclopedia, it is "one of the best-known general stores in the country and one of Kentucky's best-known unincorporated businesses".[14]

EducationEdit

Two public school districts operate in the county:

  • The Nelson County School District serves K-12 students throughout the county, with the exception of most of the city of Bardstown and developed areas near the city limits. The district operates two K-8 schools, two elementary schools, two middle schools, an alternative school, a vocational-technical school, and two high schools.
  • The Bardstown City Schools serve students in most of the city of Bardstown, as well as much of the developed area immediately adjacent to the city limits. However, some areas of the city are instead served by the Nelson County district, and some of the Nelson County schools are physically within the Bardstown district. The district operates a preschool, an ungraded primary school (K-2), one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school. The preschool and primary school occupy separate buildings on adjacent plots of land in the north of the city, and the other schools are adjacent to one another near downtown.

Several private schools also operate in the county. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville operates five schools in all—three K-8 schools, a fourth that educates grades 1 through 8, and one high school. Several Protestant-affiliated schools also exist.

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 64.6% 13,431 30.9% 6,434 4.5% 937
2012 57.6% 10,673 41.1% 7,611 1.3% 249
2008 55.9% 10,139 42.2% 7,654 2.0% 353
2004 60.3% 10,161 38.7% 6,524 0.9% 159
2000 57.2% 7,714 40.6% 5,481 2.2% 293
1996 41.6% 4,645 48.3% 5,392 10.1% 1,122
1992 38.5% 4,495 46.6% 5,437 14.9% 1,740
1988 51.9% 5,283 47.0% 4,788 1.1% 108
1984 58.6% 6,044 40.7% 4,199 0.7% 76
1980 36.8% 3,349 60.5% 5,514 2.8% 251
1976 37.4% 2,804 59.4% 4,454 3.3% 246
1972 53.5% 3,495 43.3% 2,828 3.1% 205
1968 34.3% 2,373 49.5% 3,420 16.2% 1,123
1964 23.1% 5,586 76.6% 1,683 0.4% 27
1960 39.1% 3,021 60.9% 4,713 0.0% 0
1956 55.8% 4,107 44.0% 3,240 0.2% 18
1952 47.2% 3,064 52.6% 3,417 0.2% 13
1948 31.8% 1,715 65.8% 3,556 2.4% 130
1944 36.8% 2,136 62.8% 3,648 0.5% 27
1940 33.4% 2,109 66.5% 4,193 0.1% 8
1936 30.1% 1,913 66.6% 4,234 3.3% 211
1932 28.4% 2,100 71.2% 5,272 0.4% 29
1928 42.0% 2,926 57.9% 4,031 0.0% 3
1924 34.6% 2,082 64.1% 3,863 1.3% 79
1920 36.7% 2,945 63.0% 5,061 0.3% 27
1916 36.6% 1,546 62.5% 2,639 0.8% 35
1912 19.9% 751 60.1% 2,275 20.0% 758

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

Other unincorporated placesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21179.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. ^ "Nelson County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. http://www.kyenc.org/entry/n/NELSO03.html. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. pp. 26. https://books.google.com/books?id=gZFQAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA26#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  5. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 36. https://books.google.com/books?id=luoxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA36#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  6. ^ "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 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ky190090.txt. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "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 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ "2010 Demographic Profile Data: Nelson County, Kentucky". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DP_DPDP1&prodType=table. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ Delong, Hettie (1992). "Rooster Run". In Kleber, John E.. The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. http://www.kyenc.org/entry/r/ROOST01.html. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 37°48′N 85°28′W / 37.80, -85.47


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