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

302 sq mi (782 km²)
301 sq mi (780 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.31%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

10,916
36/sq mi (14/km²)
Founded 1792
Named for George Washington (1732–1799), American Revolutionary War General and First President of the United States.
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Washington county courthouse.jpg
Washington County courthouse in Springfield, Kentucky
Website www.washingtoncountyky.com/

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 10,916. Its county seat is Springfield. The county is named for George Washington. Washington County was the first county formed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky when it reached statehood.[1] The center of population of Kentucky is located in Washington County, in the city of Willisburg.[2]

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.[3] Jacob Beam, founder of Jim Beam whiskey, sold his first barrel of whiskey in Washington County.[4]

The Washington County Courthouse, completed in 1816, is the oldest courthouse still in use in Kentucky.

A significant county court record is the marriage bond of President Abraham Lincoln's parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks.[5] The bond is dated June 10, 1806; the day before the marriage in the small community of Beechland on the Little Beech River. The marriage return was signed by Jesse Head, the Methodist preacher who performed the ceremony, and dates the marriage to June 12, 1806.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 302 square miles (782 km2), of which 301 square miles (780 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) is water.

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Adjacent Counties

Demographics

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 census[6] of 2000, there were 10,916 people, 4,121 households, and 3,020 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 per square mile (14 /km2). There were 4,542 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (5.8 /km2). 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.

Education

The county is served by Washington County Schools, a district that contains six schools:[7]

Cities, towns and communities

See also

References

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


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Washington County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting Washington County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1792
Seat Springfield
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.31%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

10916
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: www.springfieldkentuckychamber.com
Named for: George Washington (1732–1799), American Revolutionary War General and First President of the United States.

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]

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Geography

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

Demographics

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 communities

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

References

  1. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.abc.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/88403470-8A7E-410C-9816-8B520F7649C8/0/WetDryList.pdf |title=Wet & Dry Counties in Kentucky |publisher=Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control |accessmonthday=March 21 |accessyear=2007 |format=PDF
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