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Clay County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Seat Manchester
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

471 sq mi (1,220 km²)
471 sq mi (1,220 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.01%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

24,556
52/sq mi (20/km²)
Founded 1807
Named for Green Clay (1757–1828), military general and surveyor.
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Clay County Kentucky Courthouse.jpg
Clay County courthouse in Manchester, Kentucky

Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1807. As of 2000, the population was 24,556. Its name is in honor of Green Clay (1757-1826). Clay was a member of the Virginia and Kentucky State legislatures, first cousin once removed of Henry Clay, U.S. Senator from Kentucky and Secretary of State in the 19th century. Its county seat is Manchester, Kentucky. The county is a prohibition or dry county.[1]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 471 square miles (1,220 km²), of which, 471 square miles (1,220 km²) of it is land and 0 square miles (0 km²) of it (0.01%) is water. Coincidentally, the soil in the county has a high clay content.

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1810 2,398
1820 4,393 83.2%
1830 3,548 −19.2%
1840 4,607 29.8%
1850 5,421 17.7%
1860 6,652 22.7%
1870 8,297 24.7%
1880 10,222 23.2%
1890 12,447 21.8%
1900 15,364 23.4%
1910 17,789 15.8%
1920 19,795 11.3%
1930 18,526 −6.4%
1940 23,901 29.0%
1950 23,116 −3.3%
1960 20,748 −10.2%
1970 18,481 −10.9%
1980 22,752 23.1%
1990 21,746 −4.4%
2000 24,556 12.9%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21051.txt

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 24,556 people, 8,556 households, and 6,442 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 9,439 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.92% White, 4.80% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.36% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 8,556 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 12.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.70% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.06.

The age distribution was 25.40% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 111.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $16,271, and the median income for a family was $18,925. Males had a median income of $24,164 versus $17,816 for females. The per capita income for the county was $9,716. About 35.40% of families and 39.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.60% of those under age 18 and 31.30% of those age 65 or over. The county's per-capita income and median household income make it one of the poorest counties in the United States. Among counties whose population contains a non-Hispanic white majority, it is the poorest by per-capita income and second to another county in the same Kentucky region, Owsley County, by median household income.

Elections

The county has been solidly Republican for decades.[3] In the last 16 years the only Republican to receive less than 60% was Bob Dole, who still won the county by nearly 25%. In 2008 John McCain received 77.5% of the vote.[4]

Death of census worker

In 2009, a census worker, Bill Sparkman, was found dead, hanged from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, after conducting door-to-door interviews in the area.[5] On November 24, 2009, Kentucky State Police announced that their investigation revealed Mr. Sparkman had committed suicide and staged the scene to look like a homicide. [6]

Waste not technology

Clay County, specifically, Manchester, has been chosen as the home of a new recycling plant called Waste Not Technology. The company, headquartered in Florida, is expected to bring 1400 jobs to the county, providing a boost to the economy and hopefully cutting the poverty rate, which is three times the national average. [7]

Cities and towns

See also

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ David Leip Presidential Atlas (Election maps for Kentucky)
  4. ^ The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Kentucky)
  5. ^ Devlin Barrett, Jeffrey McMurray, "Feds probe US Census worker hanging in Kentucky", wkov.com, Associated Press, Retrieved Sep. 24, 2009.
  6. ^ "Police: Kentucky census worker committed suicide, staged scene", CNN, Retrieved Nov. 24, 2009.
  7. ^ http://www.kentucky.com/2009/10/24/989847/manchester-to-gain-1400-jobs.html

External links

Coordinates: 37°10′N 83°43′W / 37.16°N 83.71°W / 37.16; -83.71


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Clay County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting Clay County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1807
Seat Manchester
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.01%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

24556
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: www.claycochamber.org
Named for: Green Clay (1757–1828), military general and surveyor.

Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1807. As of 2000, the population was 24,556. Its name is in honor of Green Clay (1757-1826). Clay was a member of the Virginia and Kentucky State legislatures, first cousin once removed of Henry Clay, U.S. Senator from Kentucky and Secretary of State in the 19th century. Its county seat is Manchester. The county is a prohibition or dry county. 6.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,220 km² (471 sq mi). 1,220 km² (471 sq mi) of it is land and 0 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.01%) is water. Ironically, the county has a high clay content.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 24,556 people, 8,556 households, and 6,442 families residing in the county. The population density was 20/km² (52/sq mi). There were 9,439 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (20/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.92% White, 4.80% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,556 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 12.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.70% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 111.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $16,271, and the median income for a family was $18,925. Males had a median income of $24,164 versus $17,816 for females. The per capita income for the county was $9,716. About 35.40% of families and 39.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.60% of those under age 18 and 31.30% of those age 65 or over. The county's per-capita income makes it one of the poorest counties in the United States.

Cities and towns

See also

External links

Coordinates: 37°10′N 83°43′W / 37.16, -83.71

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