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Perry County, Kentucky
Perry County Courthouse, Hazard
County courthouse in Hazard
Map of Kentucky highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded November 2, 1820
Named for Oliver Hazard Perry
Seat Hazard
Largest city Hazard
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

343 sq mi (888 km²)
340 sq mi (881 km²)
2.9 sq mi (8 km²), 0.9%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

28,712
85/sq mi (33/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.perrycounty.ky.gov

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,712.[1] Its county seat is Hazard.[2] The county was founded in 1820.[3] Both the county and county seat are named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval hero in the War of 1812.[4]

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 343 square miles (890 km2), of which 340 square miles (880 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) (0.9%) is water.[5]

Adjacent countiesEdit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 3,330
1840 3,089 −7.2%
1850 3,092 0.1%
1860 3,950 27.7%
1870 4,274 8.2%
1880 5,607 31.2%
1890 6,331 12.9%
1900 8,276 30.7%
1910 11,255 36.0%
1920 26,042 131.4%
1930 42,186 62.0%
1940 47,828 13.4%
1950 46,566 −2.6%
1960 34,961 −24.9%
1970 26,259 −24.9%
1980 33,763 28.6%
1990 30,283 −10.3%
2000 29,390 −2.9%
2010 28,712 −2.3%
Est. 2016 27,343 [6] −7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 29,390 people, 11,460 households, and 8,491 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 per square mile (33 /km2). There were 12,741 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 1.64% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,460 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,089, and the median income for a family was $26,718. Males had a median income of $31,702 versus $20,502 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,224. About 26.10% of families and 29.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.00% of those under age 18 and 20.60% of those age 65 or over.

Life expectancyEdit

Of 3,142 counties in the United States in 2013, Perry County ranked 3,140 in the life expectancy of both male and female residents. Males in Perry County lived an average of 66.5 years and females lived an average of 73.1 years compared to the national average for longevity of 76.5 for males and 81.2 for females. Moreover, the average longevity in Perry County declined by 0.1 years for males and 2.4 years for females between 1985 and 2013 compared to a national average for the same period of an increased life span of 5.5 years for men and 3.1 years for women. High rates of smoking and obesity and a low level of physical activity appear to be contributing factors to the lowered longevity for both sexes.[12]

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 77.2% 8,158 20.2% 2,136 2.6% 278
2012 78.5% 8,040 20.0% 2,047 1.5% 154
2008 65.2% 6,762 33.2% 3,444 1.6% 169
2004 53.1% 6,187 46.3% 5,400 0.6% 68
2000 48.2% 5,300 50.1% 5,514 1.7% 186
1996 32.8% 3,382 58.3% 6,015 9.0% 926
1992 34.1% 4,128 54.7% 6,619 11.2% 1,356
1988 47.9% 5,154 51.6% 5,557 0.6% 61
1984 49.5% 5,218 49.9% 5,258 0.6% 61
1980 40.8% 4,226 58.2% 6,031 1.1% 110
1976 43.8% 4,434 55.7% 5,633 0.5% 49
1972 59.4% 5,373 39.8% 3,601 0.8% 76
1968 41.9% 3,993 47.8% 4,562 10.3% 986
1964 32.3% 6,728 67.6% 3,211 0.1% 8
1960 53.7% 5,754 46.4% 4,971 0.0% 0
1956 59.1% 6,591 40.7% 4,545 0.2% 25
1952 48.4% 5,210 51.5% 5,538 0.1% 14
1948 39.4% 3,755 58.9% 5,614 1.8% 168
1944 43.9% 4,333 56.0% 5,527 0.0% 2
1940 40.6% 4,693 59.3% 6,852 0.2% 18
1936 40.5% 4,595 59.5% 6,753 0.1% 11
1932 45.0% 5,240 54.9% 6,393 0.2% 22
1928 61.4% 6,099 38.4% 3,814 0.1% 14
1924 59.1% 4,357 36.1% 2,658 4.9% 359
1920 66.1% 4,345 33.5% 2,203 0.4% 25
1916 69.3% 2,217 28.3% 904 2.5% 79
1912 60.3% 1,023 33.0% 560 6.8% 115

EducationEdit

PublicEdit

The county has two school districts:

Perry County SchoolsEdit

This district covers the entire county except for the city of Hazard.

  • A.B. Combs Elementary School
  • Buckhorn Elementary School
  • Buckhorn High School
  • Chavies Elementary School
  • East Perry Elementary School
  • Leatherwood Elementary School
  • Perry County Central High School
  • Robinson Elementary School
  • R.W. Combs Elementary School
  • Viper Elementary School
  • Willard Elementary School

Hazard Independent SchoolsEdit

This district essentially encompasses the city of Hazard. See this link for a more accurate map of the Hazard district boundary.

PrivateEdit

  • Wabaco Christian Academy
  • Hazard Christian Academy

EconomyEdit

Coal companies in Perry CountyEdit

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

RadioEdit

NewspapersEdit

InfrastructureEdit

TransportationEdit

Public transportation is provided by LKLP Community Action Partnership with demand-response service and scheduled service in Hazard, and connecting to Hindman, Hyden, and Whitesburg.[18]

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

Other unincorporated placesEdit

Notable residents Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21193.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. ^ "Perry County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. http://www.kyenc.org/entry/p/PERRY01.html. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bergstrom, Bill (December 11, 1984). "Origins of place names are traced". Kentucky New Era: pp. 2B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1AksAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cG0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3595%2C5275109. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Perry County, Kentucky", http://www.healthdata.org/sites/default/files/files/county_profiles/US/County_Report_Perry_County_Kentucky.pdf, accessed 12 Oct 2016
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  14. ^ Arch Coal - Hazard Complex
  15. ^ James River Coal Company – Leeco complex
  16. ^ James River Coal Company – Blue Diamond complex
  17. ^ Perry - TECO Coal
  18. ^ "LKLP Community Action Council, Inc. > Programs > Public Transportation". http://www.lklp.org/Programs/Public-Transportation. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
  19. ^ [=http://www.ukalumni.net/s/1052/semi-blank-noimg.aspx?sid=1052&gid=1&pgid=996 "Jean Ritchie Pickow"]. UK Alumni Association. =http://www.ukalumni.net/s/1052/semi-blank-noimg.aspx?sid=1052&gid=1&pgid=996. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 

External linksEdit

Template:Eastern Mountain Coal Fields (Kentucky)

Coordinates: 37°14′N 83°14′W / 37.24, -83.23


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