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Pendleton County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Pendleton County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1799
Named for Edmund Pendleton
Seat Falmouth
Largest city Falmouth
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

282 sq mi (730 km²)
281 sq mi (727 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.47%
 - (2000)
 - Density

51/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Pendleton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population is 14,390. Its county seat is Falmouth6.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 730 km² (282 sq mi). 727 km² (281 sq mi) of it is land and 3 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.47%) is water.

Adjacent counties Edit

History Edit

Pendleton County, Kentucky Courthouse

Pendleton County Courthouse

The County was named after Edmund Pendleton (1721-1803), a longtime member of the Virginia House of Burgesses (1752-74), the Continental Congress and chief justice of Virginia. [1]

During the American Civil War, the county sent men to both armies. A Union Army recruiting camp was established in Falmouth in September 1861. Two Confederate recruiters were captured and executed by the Union Army in the Peach Grove area of northern Pendleton County. In July 1862 a number of county citizens were rounded up by Union troops during a crackdown against suspected Confederate sympathizers. In June 1863 a number of women were arrested at Demossville because they were believed to be potential spies dangerous to the Federal government. Falmouth was the site of a small skirmish on September 18, 1862, between twenty-eight Confederates and eleven Home Guardsmen.

The city of Butler was established around 1852 when the Kentucky Central Railroad was built through the area. The city was named for William O. Butler, U.S. congressman from the area (1839-43), when it was incorporated on February 1, 1868.

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 1,613
1810 3,061 89.8%
1820 3,086 0.8%
1830 3,863 25.2%
1840 4,455 15.3%
1850 6,774 52.1%
1860 10,443 54.2%
1870 14,030 34.3%
1880 16,702 19.0%
1890 16,346 −2.1%
1900 14,947 −8.6%
1910 11,985 −19.8%
1920 11,719 −2.2%
1930 10,876 −7.2%
1940 10,392 −4.5%
1950 9,610 −7.5%
1960 9,968 3.7%
1970 9,949 −0.2%
1980 10,989 10.5%
1990 12,036 9.5%
2000 14,390 19.6%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 14,390 people, 5,170 households, and 3,970 families residing in the county. The population density was 20/km² (51/sq mi). There were 5,756 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (20/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.39% White, 0.49% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,170 households out of which 39.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.20% were non-families. 20.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $42,589. Males had a median income of $31,885 versus $23,234 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,551. About 9.80% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.80% of those under age 18 and 11.60% of those age 65 or over.

Education Edit

Pendleton County High School, just north of Falmouth, is the public high school. It currently is home to less than 1000 students. The mascot for PCHS is the wildcat, and the school colors are red, black and white, which are featured on all athletic uniforms. Ron Livingood is the school's principal. The high school is currently undergoing construction, with the additions including an auditorium to seat 450 people, several classrooms, a second gym, and a media center.

Other schools in the county are Sharp Middle School, located between Falmouth and Butler, Northern Elementary in Butler, and Southern Elementary in Falmouth.


Pendleton County is home to Kincaid Regional Theatre. Their performances take place at the Falmouth School Center (Old Middle School) in Falmouth, KY. This season's performance was "The Music Man".

See alsoEdit

Fryer House, a 1811 stone house, home of the Pendleton County Historical Society

External links Edit

Pendleton County Historical Images and Documents: Northern Kentucky Views

Pendleton County Genealogy - a KYGenWeb site: [2]

Cities and towns Edit

Coordinates: 38°41′N 84°22′W / 38.69, -84.36

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