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Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Rockcastle County Kentucky Courthouse
Rockcastle County courthouse in Mount Vernon
Map of Kentucky highlighting Rockcastle County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1810
Seat Mount Vernon
Largest city Mount Vernon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

318 sq mi (824 km²)
317 sq mi (821 km²)
1.6 sq mi (4 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

17,056
54/sq mi (21/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website rockcastlecountyky.com

Rockcastle County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,056.[1] Its county seat is Mt. Vernon.[2] The county founded in 1810[3] and named for the Rockcastle River which runs through it. The river, in turn, is named for its majestic rock cliffs.

Rockcastle County is part of the RichmondBerea, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Lexington-Fayette-Richmond-Frankfort, KY Combined Statistical Area.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 318 square miles (820 km2), of which 317 square miles (820 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 2,249
1830 2,865 27.4%
1840 3,409 19.0%
1850 4,697 37.8%
1860 5,343 13.8%
1870 7,145 33.7%
1880 9,670 35.3%
1890 9,841 1.8%
1900 12,416 26.2%
1910 14,473 16.6%
1920 15,406 6.4%
1930 15,149 −1.7%
1940 17,165 13.3%
1950 13,925 −18.9%
1960 12,334 −11.4%
1970 12,305 −0.2%
1980 13,973 13.6%
1990 14,803 5.9%
2000 16,582 12.0%
2010 17,056 2.9%
Est. 2016 16,850 [5] 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 16,582 people, 6,544 households, and 4,764 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 per square mile (20 /km2). There were 7,353 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (8.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.81% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,544 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.40% 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 2.49 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,475, and the median income for a family was $30,278. Males had a median income of $26,770 versus $18,388 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,337. About 19.10% of families and 23.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.30% of those under age 18 and 21.60% of those age 65 or over.

PoliticsEdit

Rockcastle county has only voted for a Democratic candidate for president during Civil War Reconstruction in 1868, 1872, 1876, and 1880. In all other elections since 1824, it has voted for the Republican, American, Constitutional Union, Whig Party, or National Republican candidate.

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 83.8% 5,609 13.7% 915 2.5% 167
2012 80.9% 5,028 17.7% 1,097 1.5% 91
2008 75.8% 4,757 22.5% 1,410 1.7% 107
2004 77.9% 4,804 21.4% 1,320 0.7% 42
2000 76.1% 3,992 22.4% 1,174 1.5% 81
1996 66.8% 3,106 25.0% 1,160 8.3% 384
1992 67.1% 3,287 23.4% 1,144 9.5% 466
1988 78.4% 3,880 21.0% 1,041 0.6% 27
1984 79.7% 4,328 20.1% 1,089 0.2% 11
1980 71.6% 3,543 27.2% 1,345 1.2% 59
1976 64.4% 2,583 35.1% 1,408 0.6% 22
1972 77.3% 3,437 21.8% 968 0.9% 41
1968 67.0% 3,072 18.9% 868 14.1% 648
1964 63.2% 1,631 36.4% 2,829 0.4% 16
1960 77.7% 3,982 22.3% 1,141 0.0% 0
1956 74.1% 3,787 25.7% 1,313 0.2% 12
1952 72.4% 3,503 27.4% 1,326 0.3% 13
1948 70.6% 3,236 28.6% 1,309 0.8% 38
1944 74.0% 3,802 25.8% 1,327 0.1% 7
1940 68.1% 3,536 31.8% 1,652 0.1% 6
1936 71.2% 3,875 28.8% 1,568 0.0% 0
1932 64.3% 3,577 35.5% 1,976 0.2% 11
1928 81.0% 3,858 19.1% 908 0.0% 0
1924 66.2% 2,712 31.2% 1,277 2.6% 105
1920 71.0% 3,561 28.7% 1,438 0.4% 19
1916 66.3% 1,932 33.2% 968 0.5% 15
1912 43.2% 1,082 34.3% 859 22.6% 566

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Coordinates: 37°22′N 84°19′W / 37.36, -84.32


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