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

192 sq mi (497 km²)
186 sq mi (482 km²)
6 sq mi (16 km²), 3.07%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

11,766
63/sq mi (24/km²)
Founded 1824
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Spencer county courthouse.jpg
Spencer County courthouse in Taylorsville, Kentucky
Website www.spencercountyky.gov

Spencer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed from land from nearby existing counties in 1824. As of 2008, the estimated population was 17,382. Its county seat is Taylorsville.[1] The county was named for Spier Spencer. 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[1]. From 2000 to 2005, Spencer County ranked 19th out of all U.S. counties in percent growth, with a 33% increase. It is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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 own Captain Spier Spencer, a hero who fought and died in the Battle of Tippecanoe.

Later that year, in December 1824, Taylorsville was made the county seat. In 1829, the city was incorporated.[2]

During the American Civil War, the courthouse at Taylorsville was burned by Confederate guerrillas in January 1865, but the county's records were saved.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 192 square miles (497 km2), of which 186 square miles (482 km2) is land and 6 square miles (16 km2) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Major roadways

Demographics

Graph of Spencer County population by Census
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%
Est. 2008 17,382 47.7%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21215.txt

As of the census[4] 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.

Cities, towns and census-designated places

Education

Until sometime in the 1950's or early 1960's, small 1-room schoolhouse type schools were scattered across the county for the elementary grades, with a single high school located in Taylorsville. As roads improved and the population increased, these were phased out. Eventually all elementary classes were held in the expanded building that housed the high school in Taylorsville. This building is now known as Taylorsville Elementary. The county continued to grow and the need for a new high school became apparent at the end of the 1970's. Ground was broken in the early 1980's at the site of the new school, just across Brashear's Creek on the north side of town, alongside the newly-built highway KY 155/55N. The new high school actually housed grades 7 through 12, and opened in the fall of 1983. The class of 1989 was the first class to complete grades 7-12 in the new facility. By the end of the 1980's, the school had a small addition and during the 1990's a large addition that included a second gym was begun. The new addition was meant to house the middle school grades and give them more separation from the older grades. Until the early 2000s, there were only two public schools in the district: the elementary school (educating grades K-6) and the high school (educating grades 7-12). In 2000, a new elementary school was built, and the district split into a three-school system:

  • Spencer County Elementary, housing grades K-5
  • Spencer County Middle School, housing grades 6-8 in the oldest facility (the former Taylorsville High School, later housing the entire system until 1983)
  • Spencer County High School, housing grades 9-12

Due to the fast growth of the county, a new middle school was built in 2004-05, and a second elementary school took residence in what had been the middle school.[5]

As of 2009, there are five public schools in Spencer County.

  • Spencer County High School, located at 520 Taylorsville Road, has an estimated 38 teachers and 800 students. The school building was built in 1982-83. The current principal is Jocelyn Lyons.
  • Spencer County Middle School, located at 1263 Mount Washington Road adjacent to Spencer County Elementary School, has an estimated 45 teachers and 620 students. The school building was built in 2004-05. The current principal is Ed Downs.
  • Spencer County Elementary School, located at 1265 Mount Washington Road, has an estimated 52 teachers and 790 students. The school building was built in 1999-2000. The current principal is Karen Larimore.
  • Taylorsville Elementary School, located at 206 Reasor Avenue, has an estimated 25 teachers and 490 students. The school building is the oldest in the district, having been built in 1938. The current principal is Chuck Abell.
  • Hillview Academy, located on Main Cross, has an 3 teachers and 48 students. The current principal is Bob Hafendorfer.

See also

References

External links

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


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Spencer County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting Spencer County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1824
Seat Taylorsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 3.07%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

11766
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: www.spencercountyky.gov

Spencer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed from land from nearby existing counties in 1824. As of 2006, the estimated population is 16,475. Its county seat is Taylorsville.6 The county is named for Spier Spencer. It is home to Taylorsville Lake, which serves as a major economic resource for the area, as well as a popular fishing area. Spencer is a dry county, where the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. From 2000 to 2005 Spencer County ranked 19th out of all U.S. counties in percent growth with a 33% increase.

Contents

History

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 own Captain Spier Spencer a hero who fought gallantly and died in the Battle of Tippecanoe.

Later that year, in December 1824, Taylorsville was made the county seat. In 1829, the city was incorporated.[1]

During the American Civil War, the courthouse at Taylorsville was burned by Confederate guerrillas in January of 1865, but the county's records were saved.[2] During this same war a brave young man by the name of Mitch P. saved him, his family, and some neighbors when some redcoats were approaching, by sneaking around behindthem and slitting the throuts of the soldiers in the back of the line until their were only 5 left, he then lit several bombs and blew up the rest of the soldiers

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 497 km² (192 sq mi). 481 km² (186 sq mi) of it is land and 15 km² (6 sq mi) of it (3.07%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major Roadways

Demographics

Graph of Spencer County population by Census

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 11,766 people, 4,251 households, and 3,358 families residing in the county. The population density was 24/km² (63/sq mi). There were 4,555 housing units at an average density of 9/km² (24/sq mi). 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.

Cities, towns and census-designated places

Education

As of 2005, there are four public schools in Spencer County.

  • Spencer County High School, located at 520 Taylorsville Road, has an estimated 38 teachers and 800 students. The school building was built in 1982-83. The current principal is Tracy Bale.
  • Spencer County Middle School, located at 1263 Mount Washington Road right behind Spencer County Elementary School, has an estimated 45 teachers and 620 students. The school building was built in 2004-05. The current principal is Ed Downs.
  • Spencer County Elementary School, located at 1265 Mount Washington Road, has an estimated 52 teachers and 790 students. The school building was built in 1999-2000. The current principal is Karen Larimore.
  • Taylorsville Elementary School, located at 206 Reasor Avenue, has an estimated 25 teachers and 490 students. The school building is the oldest in the district, having been since 1938. The current principal is Chuck Abell.

Until the early 2000s, there were only two public schools in the district, the elementary school (educating grades K-6) and the high school (educating grades 7-12). In 2000, a new elementary school was built, and the district split into a three-school system. Due to the fast growth of the county, a new middle school was built in 2004-05, and a second elementary school took residence in what had been the middle school. [3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Spencer County History
  2. ^ http://kentucky.gov/kyhs/hmdb/MarkerSearch.aspx?mode=County&county=108
  3. ^ Spencer County Schools

External links

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

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