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Owen County, Kentucky
Owen County, Kentucky courthouse
Owen County courthouse in Owenton, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Owen County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1819
Named for Abraham Owen (1769–1811), killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
Seat Owenton
Largest city Owenton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

354.16 sq mi (917 km²)
352.14 sq mi (912 km²)
2.02 sq mi (5 km²), 0.57%
 - (2010)
 - Density

30/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Owen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. According to the 2010 Census, the population was 10,841. Its county seat is Owenton.[1] The county is named for Colonel Abraham Owen. It is a prohibition or dry county, with the exception of a winery (Elk Creek Vineyards) that is authorized to sell its product to the public.[2]

Geography Edit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 354.16 square miles (917.3 km2), of which 352.14 square miles (912.0 km2) (or 99.43%) is land and 2.02 square miles (5.2 km2) (or 0.57%) is water.[3]

Cities and towns Edit

Adjacent countiesEdit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 2,031
1830 5,786 184.9%
1840 8,232 42.3%
1850 10,444 26.9%
1860 12,719 21.8%
1870 14,309 12.5%
1880 17,401 21.6%
1890 17,676 1.6%
1900 17,553 −0.7%
1910 14,248 −18.8%
1920 12,554 −11.9%
1930 10,710 −14.7%
1940 10,942 2.2%
1950 9,755 −10.8%
1960 8,237 −15.6%
1970 7,470 −9.3%
1980 8,924 19.5%
1990 9,035 1.2%
2000 10,547 16.7%
2010 10,841 2.8%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 10,547 people, 4,086 households, and 2,995 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 per square mile (12 /km2). There were 5,345 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (5.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.03% White, 1.13% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,086 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% 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 3.00.

The age distribution was 25.50% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,310, and the median income for a family was $38,844. Males had a median income of $29,329 versus $21,426 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,521. About 12.10% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.10% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.

Libraries Edit

Owen County is served by a county library in the heart of Owenton. The Owen County Public Library was established in 1946 by the Owen County Woman's Club. It was housed in the front parlor of Elizabeth Holbrook Thomas's home on the same corner where the present library, built in 1973, now stands.

The Owen County Public Library houses over 25,000 items for public use, including an extensive Owen County genealogy collection. The library provides computers with high speed internet access available for public use, and furnishes a free wi-fi hotspot. The library offers color and black and white copy printing, fax services, free notary services, as well as a public meeting room that can be reserved for group use.

Visit the library at 118 North Main Street, Owenton, Kentucky or visit un online at

See alsoEdit

The Owen County was relocated to a new building in November 2012. It is now located on KY 22 near the Owen County High School. They offer lots of community services like the Teen Advisory Group and youth services. Go to Facebook and Search "Owen County Public Library" for more details and community events


External linksEdit

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Coordinates: 38°32′N 84°50′W / 38.53, -84.83

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