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Rowan County, Kentucky
Rowan County, kentucky courthouse
Rowan County courthouse in Morehead, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Rowan County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1856
Named for Senator John Rowan
Seat Morehead
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

286.25 sq mi (741 km²)
280.82 sq mi (727 km²)
5.43 sq mi (14 km²), 1.90%
 - (2010)
 - Density

83.4/sq mi (32/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Rowan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2010, the population was 23,333. Its county seat is Morehead[1]. The county was created in 1856 from adjacent counties originally part of Mason county, and named for John Rowan, who represented Kentucky in the U.S. House and Senate.

With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a moist county—a county in which alcohol sales are prohibited (a dry county), but containing a "wet" city, in this case Morehead, where package alcohol sales are allowed.[2]


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 286.25 square miles (741.4 km2), of which 280.82 square miles (727.3 km2) (or 98.10%) is land and 5.43 square miles (14.1 km2) (or 1.90%) is water.[3] Its highest point is "Limestone Knob" at about 1,409 feet (429 m) above mean sea level.

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 2,282
1870 2,991 31.1%
1880 4,420 47.8%
1890 6,129 38.7%
1900 8,277 35.0%
1910 9,438 14.0%
1920 9,467 0.3%
1930 10,893 15.1%
1940 12,734 16.9%
1950 12,708 −0.2%
1960 12,808 0.8%
1970 17,010 32.8%
1980 19,049 12.0%
1990 20,353 6.8%
2000 22,094 8.6%
2010 23,333 5.6%

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 23,333 people, and 7,956 households residing in the county. The population density was 83.4 per square mile (32.2 /km2). There were 10,102 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.1% White, 1.5% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,956 households out of which 19.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.20% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.91.

The age distribution was 20.30% under the age of 18, 23.50% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 20.00% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. Both the unusually large portion of the population in the 18-to-24 range and the relatively low median age are mainly because of the presence of Morehead State University. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,081. Males had a median income of $26,777 versus $20,104 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,888. About 15.90% of families and 21.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.80% of those under age 18 and 16.20% of those age 65 or over.

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See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

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Coordinates: 38°11′N 83°25′W / 38.19, -83.42

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