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Perry County, Kentucky
Hazard City Hall in Hazard, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1821
Seat Hazard
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

342.64 sq mi (887 km²)
342.15 sq mi (886 km²)
0.49 sq mi (1 km²), 0.14%
 - (2010)
 - Density

86/sq mi (33/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 29,390. Its county seat is Hazard[1]. The county is named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval hero in the War of 1812.

Geography Edit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 342.64 square miles (887.4 km2), of which 342.15 square miles (886.2 km2) (or 99.86%) is land and 0.49 square miles (1.3 km2) (or 0.14%) is water.[2]

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%

As of the census[3] 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.

Cities and towns Edit

Schools Edit


The county has two school districts:

Perry County SchoolsEdit

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

Hazard Independent SchoolsEdit

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





WKHA-TV, a satellite station of Kentucky Educational Television





WEKH, a satellite station of WEKU




Hazard Herald

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

Template:Eastern Mountain Coal Fields (Kentucky)

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

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