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Spencer County, Kentucky
Spencer County Courthouse, Taylorsville
Spencer County Courthouse in Taylorsville.
Map of Kentucky highlighting Spencer County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1824
Named for Spier Spencer
Seat Taylorsville
Largest city Taylorsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

192 sq mi (497 km²)
187 sq mi (484 km²)
5.0 sq mi (13 km²), 2.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

17,061
91/sq mi (35/km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.spencercountyky.gov

Spencer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,061.[1] Its county seat is Taylorsville.[2] The county was founded in 1824[3] and named for Spier Spencer.

Spencer County is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Taylorsville Lake, located primarily within Spencer County, serves as a major economic resource for the area. Spencer was a dry county until 2009 when the county's residents voted to overturn the ban on alcohol sales. From 2000 to 2005, Spencer County ranked 19th out of all U.S. counties in percent growth, with a 33% increase.[4]

HistoryEdit

Spencer County was formed in January 1824, by the 32nd Kentucky General Assembly. The land that now makes up Spencer County was taken from Bullitt County, Shelby County, and Nelson County. Spencer County became Kentucky's 77th county. The county was named for Kentucky's Captain Spier Spencer, who fought and died in the Battle of Tippecanoe.[5]

Later that year, in December 1824, Taylorsville was made the county seat. In 1829, the city was incorporated.[6]

During the American Civil War, the courthouse at Taylorsville was burned by Confederate guerrillas in January 1865, but the county's records were saved.[7]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 192 square miles (500 km2), of which 187 square miles (480 km2) is land and 5.0 square miles (13 km2) (2.6%) is water.[8]

Adjacent countiesEdit

Major highwaysEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 6,812
1840 6,581 −3.4%
1850 6,842 4.0%
1860 6,188 −9.6%
1870 5,956 −3.7%
1880 7,040 18.2%
1890 6,760 −4.0%
1900 7,406 9.6%
1910 7,567 2.2%
1920 7,785 2.9%
1930 6,606 −15.1%
1940 6,757 2.3%
1950 6,157 −8.9%
1960 5,680 −7.7%
1970 5,488 −3.4%
1980 5,929 8.0%
1990 6,801 14.7%
2000 11,766 73.0%
2010 17,061 45.0%
Est. 2016 18,274 [9] 55.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 11,766 people, 4,251 households, and 3,358 families residing in the county. The population density was 63 per square mile (24 /km2). There were 4,555 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.50% White, 1.13% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 1.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,251 households out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.90% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.00% were non-families. 17.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 33.50% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 101.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,042, and the median income for a family was $52,038. Males had a median income of $36,638 versus $24,196 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,848. About 7.70% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.90% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

The Spencer County Public Schools comprises six schools: Spencer County High School, Spencer County Middle School, Spencer County Elementary School, Taylorsville Elementary School, Hillview Academy, and Spencer County Preschool.[15]

CommunitiesEdit

CityEdit

Census-designated placeEdit

Other unincorporated placesEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 75.6% 7,196 20.2% 1,921 4.2% 398
2012 67.9% 5,726 30.2% 2,549 1.9% 156
2008 66.8% 5,378 31.3% 2,519 1.9% 152
2004 70.6% 4,816 28.9% 1,970 0.5% 36
2000 66.0% 3,150 32.6% 1,554 1.4% 68
1996 47.9% 1,614 41.7% 1,404 10.4% 350
1992 41.2% 1,305 43.7% 1,383 15.1% 479
1988 54.6% 1,368 44.8% 1,121 0.6% 16
1984 61.4% 1,456 38.4% 910 0.3% 6
1980 42.5% 935 55.3% 1,216 2.2% 49
1976 37.4% 742 61.0% 1,209 1.6% 32
1972 68.8% 1,120 29.5% 481 1.7% 28
1968 41.9% 733 32.2% 564 25.9% 453
1964 26.9% 1,422 72.8% 525 0.4% 7
1960 52.0% 1,134 48.0% 1,048 0.0% 0
1956 42.3% 896 57.4% 1,214 0.3% 7
1952 36.0% 723 63.9% 1,283 0.1% 1
1948 26.9% 493 70.8% 1,298 2.3% 42
1944 30.8% 646 68.9% 1,443 0.3% 7
1940 24.7% 567 75.1% 1,728 0.2% 5
1936 27.8% 638 71.8% 1,647 0.4% 9
1932 29.3% 736 70.5% 1,773 0.2% 6
1928 62.2% 1,565 37.6% 947 0.2% 4
1924 42.0% 961 57.6% 1,320 0.4% 10
1920 33.9% 1,102 65.6% 2,135 0.5% 16
1916 31.6% 591 68.0% 1,271 0.4% 7
1912 17.1% 271 66.4% 1,052 16.5% 262

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21215.html. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.kyenc.org/entry/s/SPENC02.html
  4. ^ U.S. Census Bureau
  5. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 37. https://books.google.com/books?id=luoxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA37#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  6. ^ Spencer County History
  7. ^ KY:Historical Society - Historical Marker Database - Search for Markers
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_21.txt. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ky190090.txt. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  15. ^ "Our Schools". http://www.spencer.kyschools.us/Schools. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  16. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 38°02′N 85°19′W / 38.03, -85.32


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