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Pulaski County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Pulaski County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1799
Named for Count Kazimierz Pułaski
Seat Somerset
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

677.05 sq mi (1,754 km²)
661.60 sq mi (1,714 km²)
15.45 sq mi (40 km²), 2.28%
 - (2010)
 - Density

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

Pulaski County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The population was 63,063 in the 2010 Census. Its county seat is Somerset6. The county is named for Count Kazimierz Pułaski. Most of the county is a prohibition or dry county. The exceptions are a winery in northeastern Pulaski County (Sinking Valley Vineyards) that sells wine to the public, and the City of Burnside allows restaurants that seat over 100 patrons to serve alcoholic beverages by the drink.

Geography Edit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 677.05 square miles (1,753.6 km2), of which 661.60 square miles (1,713.5 km2) (or 97.72%) is land and 15.45 square miles (40.0 km2) (or 2.28%) is water.[1]

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 3,161
1810 6,897 118.2%
1820 7,597 10.1%
1830 9,500 25.0%
1840 9,620 1.3%
1850 14,195 47.6%
1860 17,201 21.2%
1870 17,670 2.7%
1880 21,318 20.6%
1890 25,731 20.7%
1900 31,293 21.6%
1910 35,986 15.0%
1920 34,010 −5.5%
1930 35,640 4.8%
1940 39,863 11.8%
1950 38,452 −3.5%
1960 34,403 −10.5%
1970 35,234 2.4%
1980 45,803 30.0%
1990 49,489 8.0%
2000 56,217 13.6%
2010 63,063 12.2%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 56,217 people, 22,719 households, and 16,334 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 per square mile (33 /km2). There were 27,181 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.48% White, 1.07% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. However, there is a growing influx of immigrants, mainly illegal, who are not constituted in this census. In the past 10 years, the growing Hispanic population is overwhelmingly evident.

There were 22,719 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,370, and the median income for a family was $32,350. Males had a median income of $27,398 versus $19,236 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,352. About 14.80% of families and 19.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.90% of those under age 18 and 16.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns, and major communities Edit



Three public school districts serve the county:

There are also several private schools in the county.

Colleges and universitiesEdit

Somerset Community College, is one of 16 two-year, open-admissions colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The college offers academic, general education, and technical curricula leading to certificates, diplomas, and associate's degrees. The college's Somerset Campus is located in Pulaski County.


Lake Cumberland Regional Airport is located in Pulaski County, on the southern end of Somerset's US 27 business district. The airport is owned by the city of Somerset and Pulaski County. It also serves the area around Lake Cumberland. It is mostly used for general aviation, and from late 2008 until February 2010, was served by one commercial airline, Locair. Currently, the $3 million federally-funded passenger terminal is not in use.

The airport was renamed in 2008; it was formerly known as Somerset-Pulaski County Airport or J.T. Wilson Field.[3]

Notable residents Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

External linksEdit

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