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

444 sq mi (1,150 km²)
436 sq mi (1,129 km²)
8 sq mi (21 km²), 1.82%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

52,715
121/sq mi (47/km²)
Founded 1826
Named for Mountain laurel trees that are prominent in the area
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Laurel County Kentucky Courthouse.jpg
Laurel County courthouse in London, Kentucky

Laurel County is a county in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The population was 52,715 at the 2000 census. Its county seat is London.[1]

The London Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Laurel County.

Laurel County is a limited dry county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except in certain areas as voted on by the residents of the area. In the case of Laurel County, by-the-drink alcohol sales is permitted only in restaurants in the city of London seating at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of their total sales from food.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150 km2), of which 436 square miles (1,129 km2) is land and 8 square miles (21 km2) is water. Part of Laurel River Lake is in Laurel County.

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Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 2,206
1840 3,079 39.6%
1850 4,145 34.6%
1860 5,488 32.4%
1870 6,016 9.6%
1880 9,131 51.8%
1890 13,747 50.6%
1900 17,592 28.0%
1910 19,872 13.0%
1920 19,814 −0.3%
1930 21,109 6.5%
1940 25,640 21.5%
1950 25,797 0.6%
1960 24,901 −3.5%
1970 27,386 10.0%
1980 38,982 42.3%
1990 43,438 11.4%
2000 52,715 21.4%
Est. 2008 57,586 9.2%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21125.txt

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 52,715 people, 20,353 households, and 15,366 families residing in the county. The population density was 121 per square mile (47 /km2). There were 22,317 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.66% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,353 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.50% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.97.

The age distribution was 25.40% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,015, and the median income for a family was $31,318. Males had a median income of $27,965 versus $19,757 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,165. About 17.80% of families and 21.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.80% of those under age 18 and 20.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Incorporated

Unincorporated

Education

Two public school districts serve K-12 students in the county:

  • Laurel County Public Schools — Operates one preschool, 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools.
  • East Bernstadt Independent Schools — Operates a single K-8 school. High school students in the district may attend either high school in the Laurel County district.

History

Laurel County, the eighteenth county to be organized in Kentucky, was established by an act of the general assembly, December 12, 1825, from parts of Rockcastle, Clay, Knox and Whitley Counties. However, the actual operation of the county government did not begin until March 1826. Laurel County is home to the Battle of Wildcat Mountain, a pivotal yet little known battle during the American Civil War that kept Confederate armies from advancing on Big Hill, a major stronghold during the war.

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken was started in Laurel County in Colonel Harland Sanders hometown of North Corbin. Due to the history of chicken in the county, The World Chicken Festival is celebrated every year in Laurel County, drawing crowds of up to 250,000 people over the four-day festival.

Famous residents

Nationally bestselling author Silas House was raised and currently lives in Laurel County, at the small town of Lily. Former University of Kentucky basketball star Jeff Sheppard, the Most Outstanding Player of the 1998 NCAA Tournament who briefly played in the NBA, now lives in London.

2000 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Darrell Scott, who has written hit songs for the Dixie Chicks, Travis Tritt, Brad Paisley, Patty Loveless, and many others, was born in London.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 37°07′N 84°07′W / 37.11°N 84.12°W / 37.11; -84.12


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Laurel County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting Laurel County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1826
Seat London
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 1.82%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

52715
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Named for: Mountain laurel trees that are prominent in the area

Laurel County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 60,090 Its county seat is London.6 Laurel County is a limited dry county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except in certain areas as voted on by the residents of the area. In the case of Laurel County, by the drink alcohol sales is permitted only in restaurants in the city of London seating at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of their total sales from food.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,149 km² (444 sq mi). 1,128 km² (436 sq mi) of it is land and 21 km² (8 sq mi) of it (1.82%) is water. Part of Laurel River Lake is in Laurel County.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 52,715 people, 20,353 households, and 15,366 families residing in the county. The population density was 47/km² (121/sq mi). There were 22,317 housing units at an average density of 20/km² (51/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.66% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,353 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.50% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.97.

The age distribution was 25.40% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,015, and the median income for a family was $31,318. Males had a median income of $27,965 versus $19,757 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,165. About 17.80% of families and 21.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.80% of those under age 18 and 20.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Incorporated

Unincorporated

Education

Two public school districts serve K-12 students in the county:

  • Laurel County Public Schools — Operates one preschool, 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools.
  • East Bernstadt Independent Schools — Operates a single K-8 school. High school students living in the district are assigned to North Laurel High School.

Trivia

Laurel County is home to the first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, located in the southern section of the county in the unincorporated community of North Corbin.

The World Chicken Festival is celebrated every year in Laurel County, drawing crowds of up to 250,000 people.

Nationally bestselling author Silas House was raised and currently lives in Laurel County, at the small town of Lily.

2000 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Darrell Scott, who has written hit songs for the Dixie Chicks, Travis Tritt, Brad Paisley, Patty Loveless, and many others, was born in London, the county seat of Laurel County.

Laurel County is home to the Battle of Wildcat Mountain, a pivotal yet little known battle during the Civil War that kept Confederate armies from advancing on Big Hill, a major stronghold during the war.

See also

External links

Coordinates: 37°07′N 84°07′W / 37.11, -84.12

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