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Simpson County, Kentucky
Old Simpson County, Kentucky courthouse
Simpson County courthouse in Franklin, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Simpson County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1819
Seat Franklin
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

236.19 sq mi (612 km²)
236.19 sq mi (612 km²)
0.00 sq mi (0 km²), 0.00%
 - (2000)
 - Density

70/sq mi (27/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Simpson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 16,405. Its county seat is Franklin[1]. The county is named for Captain John Simpson, a Kentucky militia officer who fought in Battle of Fallen Timbers in the Northwest Indian War, and was killed in the Battle of River Raisin during the War of 1812.

It is a limited dry county; sales of alcoholic beverages are prohibited except by the drink in restaurants in the city of Franklin that seat at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of total revenues from food.[2]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 236.19 square miles (611.7 km2), all land.[3]

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,852
1830 5,815 19.8%
1840 6,537 12.4%
1850 7,733 18.3%
1860 8,146 5.3%
1870 9,573 17.5%
1880 10,641 11.2%
1890 10,878 2.2%
1900 11,624 6.9%
1910 11,460 −1.4%
1920 11,150 −2.7%
1930 11,336 1.7%
1940 11,752 3.7%
1950 11,678 −0.6%
1960 11,548 −1.1%
1970 13,054 13.0%
1980 14,673 12.4%
1990 15,145 3.2%
2000 16,405 8.3%
2010 17,327 5.6%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 16,405 people, 6,415 households, and 4,638 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 per square mile (27 /km2). There were 7,016 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.84% White, 10.22% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 6,415 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.

The age distribution was 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,432, and the median income for a family was $42,525. Males had a median income of $32,160 versus $22,667 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,150. About 8.50% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.00% of those under age 18 and 15.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and townsEdit

See alsoEdit



Coordinates: 36°44′N 86°35′W / 36.74, -86.58

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