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Washington County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1792
Named for George Washington (1732–1799), American Revolutionary War General and First President of the United States.
Seat Springfield
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

302 sq mi (781 km²)
301 sq mi (779 km²)
1 sq mi (2 km²), 0.31%
 - (2000)
 - Density

36/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population is 10,916. Its county seat is Springfield6. The county is named for George Washington. The center of population of Kentucky is located in Washington County, in the city of Willisburg [1].

The county is dry, meaning that the sale of alcohol is prohibited, but contains the wet city of Springfield, where retail alcohol sales are allowed. This makes Washington County a moist county. Three wineries also operate in the county and are licensed to sell to the public despite lying in otherwise dry territory.[1]

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 781 km² (302 sq mi). 779 km² (301 sq mi) of it is land and 2 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.31%) is water.

Adjacent Counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 9,050
1810 13,248 46.4%
1820 15,947 20.4%
1830 19,017 19.3%
1840 10,596 −44.3%
1850 12,194 15.1%
1860 11,575 −5.1%
1870 12,464 7.7%
1880 14,419 15.7%
1890 13,622 −5.5%
1900 14,182 4.1%
1910 13,940 −1.7%
1920 14,773 6.0%
1930 12,623 −14.6%
1940 12,965 2.7%
1950 12,777 −1.5%
1960 11,168 −12.6%
1970 10,728 −3.9%
1980 10,764 0.3%
1990 10,441 −3.0%
2000 10,916 4.5%

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 10,916 people, 4,121 households, and 3,020 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (36/sq mi). There were 4,542 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (15/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 90.62% White, 7.51% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.61% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 1.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,121 households out of which 33.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.03.

The age distribution was 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,136, and the median income for a family was $39,240. Males had a median income of $27,624 versus $21,593 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,722. About 10.30% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.40% of those under age 18 and 19.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns and communitiesEdit

Coordinates: 37°45′N 85°10′W / 37.75, -85.17


  1. ^ {{cite web|url= |title=Wet & Dry Counties in Kentucky |publisher=Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control |accessmonthday=March 21 |accessyear=2007 |format=PDF

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