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

268 sq mi (694 km²)
251 sq mi (650 km²)
17 sq mi (44 km²), 6.36%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

65,514
261/sq mi (101/km²)
Founded 1825
Named for Virgil McCracken, military captain killed at the Battle of River Raisin.
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
McCracken County Courthouse KY.JPG
McCracken County courthouse in Paducah, Kentucky
Website www.mccrackencountykentucky.com

McCracken County is a county located in the Jackson Purchase, the extreme western end of the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 65,514. The county seat, largest city, and only incorporated community is Paducah.[1]

McCracken County is part of the Paducah, KY-IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

History

McCracken County was founded in 1825, from Hickman County. The county was named for Captain Virgil McCracken of Woodford County, who was killed in the Battle of Frenchtown in southeastern Michigan during the War of 1812.

Law and Government

McCracken County is represented congressionally as District 1 of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 268 square miles (694 km2), of which 251 square miles (650 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) is water.

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Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 1,297
1840 4,745 265.8%
1850 6,067 27.9%
1860 10,360 70.8%
1870 13,988 35.0%
1880 16,262 16.3%
1890 21,051 29.4%
1900 28,733 36.5%
1910 35,064 22.0%
1920 37,246 6.2%
1930 46,271 24.2%
1940 48,534 4.9%
1950 49,137 1.2%
1960 57,306 16.6%
1970 58,281 1.7%
1980 61,310 5.2%
1990 62,879 2.6%
2000 65,514 4.2%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21145.txt

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 65,514 people, 27,736 households, and 18,444 families residing in the county. The population density was 261 per square mile (101 /km2). There were 30,361 housing units at an average density of 121 per square mile (47 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.76% White, 10.88% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 27,736 households out of which 29.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.10% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.86.

The age distribution was 23.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,865, and the median income for a family was $42,513. Males had a median income of $36,417 versus $22,704 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,533. About 11.40% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.90% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

Localities

Cities

Census-designated places

Education

Public elementary and secondary education in the county is provided by two school districts:

Several private schools also provide K-12 education.

Higher education is provided by West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Like all other schools in this system, WKCTC offers associate degrees. The state's largest public university, the University of Kentucky, operates a branch campus of its College of Engineering at WKCTC. The Paducah Regional Campus of Murray State University located on the city's south side, offers several bachelor's degree and master's degree programs. On September 12, 2008, Murray State's Board of Regents approved exercising an option to purchase 23 acres (93,000 m2) of land near WKCTC for the construction of a new Paducah campus. Murray State assumed ownership of the property on April 6, 2009. Mid-Continent University operates its bachelor's degree completion program in Paducah. This institution is developing plans to construct a campus on 19 acres (77,000 m2) in Paducah near WKCTC and the proposed new Murray State campus. Private Daymar College/Paducah Technical College offers several technical degree programs.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 37°04′N 88°43′W / 37.06°N 88.72°W / 37.06; -88.72


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McCracken County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting McCracken County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1825
Seat Paducah
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 6.36%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

65514
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Website: www.mccrackencountykentucky.com
Named for: Virgil McCracken, military captain killed at the Battle of River Raisin.

McCracken County is a county located in the Jackson Purchase, the extreme western end of the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 65,514. The county seat and largest city is Paducah6.

Contents

History

There is some dispute about the naming of the city. According to one popular story, Paducah was named after Chief Paduke. Many historians dispute the existence of Chief Paduke, however; they note that Paducah is similar to the word that the Chickasaw Indians, who lived in the region at the time of European settlement, used to refer to themselves. McCracken County was formed in 1825, from Hickman County. The county was named for Captain Virgil McCracken of Woodford County, Ky., who was killed in the Battle of the River Raisin near Detroit, Michigan during the War of 1812.

Law and Government

McCracken County is represented congressionally as District 1 of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 694 km² (268 sq mi). 650 km² (251 sq mi) of it is land and 44 km² (17 sq mi) of it (6.36%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 65,514 people, 27,736 households, and 18,444 families residing in the county. The population density was 101/km² (261/sq mi). There were 30,361 housing units at an average density of 47/km² (121/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 86.76% White, 10.88% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 27,736 households out of which 29.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.10% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.86.

The age distribution was 23.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,865, and the median income for a family was $42,513. Males had a median income of $36,417 versus $22,704 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,533. About 11.40% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.90% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

† These unincorporated communities are Census disignated places.

Education

Public elementary and secondary education in the county is provided by two school districts:

Several private schools also provide K-12 education.

Higher education is provided by West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Like all other schools in this system, WKCTC offers associate degrees. The state's largest public university, the University of Kentucky, operates a branch campus of its College of Engineering at WKCTC. The Paducah Regional Campus of Murray State University located on the city's south side, offers several bachelor's degree and master's degree programs. The American Justice School of Law began operation in Paducah in 2005. This private institution offers the Juris Doctor degree. Mid-Continent University operates its bachelor's degree completion program in Paducah. Private Daymar College/Paducah Technical College offers several technical degree programs.

External links

Coordinates: 37°04′N 88°43′W / 37.06, -88.72

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