Taylor County, Kentucky

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Taylor County, Kentucky
Clay Hill near Campbellsville, entrance closeup.jpg
Entrance to Clay Hill, located along Kentucky Route 289.
Map of Kentucky highlighting Taylor County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Founded1848
SeatCampbellsville
Largest cityCampbellsville
Area
 • Total277 sq mi (717 km2)
 • Land266 sq mi (689 km2)
 • Water10 sq mi (26 km2), 3.8%
Population
 • (2010)24,512
 • Density92/sq mi (36/km2)
Congressional district1st
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4
Websitewww.taylorcounty.us

Taylor County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,512.[1] Its county seat is Campbellsville.[2] Settled by people from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina after the American Revolutionary War, the county was organized in 1848 in the Highland Rim region. It is named for United States Army General Zachary Taylor, later President of the United States.[3]

Taylor County was the 100th of the 120 counties created by Kentucky.

The Campbellsville Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Taylor County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 277 square miles (720 km2), of which 266 square miles (690 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (3.8%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18507,251
18607,4813.2%
18708,22610.0%
18809,25912.6%
18909,3531.0%
190011,07518.4%
191011,9618.0%
192012,2362.3%
193012,047−1.5%
194013,55612.5%
195014,4036.2%
196016,28513.1%
197017,1385.2%
198021,17823.6%
199021,146−0.2%
200022,9278.4%
201024,5126.9%
Est. 201625,397[5]3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 22,927 people, 9,233 households, and 6,555 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 per square mile (33/km2). There were 10,180 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.62% White, 5.06% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,233 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,089, and the median income for a family was $33,854. Males had a median income of $26,633 versus $20,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,162. About 14.20% of families and 17.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.70% of those under age 18 and 18.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Sweenyville, Kentucky

Politics[edit]

Taylor County is represented in the Kentucky House of Representatives by Republican John "Bam" Carney and in the state Senate by another Republican, Max Wise. In 2019, Republican Barry Smith will take office as county judge. Smith unseated the Democrat Eddie Rogers in the general election held on November 6, 2018.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 73.6% 8,320 22.6% 2,553 3.8% 433
2012 69.0% 7,551 30.0% 3,285 1.0% 114
2008 69.7% 7,568 29.1% 3,165 1.2% 127
2004 70.4% 7,247 28.9% 2,979 0.7% 69
2000 68.0% 6,151 30.8% 2,790 1.2% 110
1996 54.9% 4,573 34.8% 2,897 10.4% 865
1992 48.4% 4,319 39.4% 3,518 12.1% 1,083
1988 64.8% 5,362 34.8% 2,879 0.5% 39
1984 64.2% 5,932 35.5% 3,286 0.3% 27
1980 54.6% 4,243 43.8% 3,400 1.6% 125
1976 48.6% 3,337 50.3% 3,456 1.1% 73
1972 67.8% 4,035 31.2% 1,859 1.0% 58
1968 50.9% 3,032 22.9% 1,367 26.2% 1,560
1964 45.4% 2,594 54.0% 3,082 0.6% 33
1960 68.1% 4,669 31.9% 2,186 0.0% 0
1956 61.4% 3,892 38.4% 2,433 0.3% 17
1952 55.9% 3,126 43.6% 2,439 0.5% 27
1948 44.8% 2,087 51.8% 2,415 3.4% 158
1944 51.1% 2,622 48.2% 2,475 0.8% 39
1940 49.8% 2,792 49.8% 2,790 0.4% 24
1936 49.9% 2,738 49.8% 2,732 0.4% 20
1932 47.5% 2,592 51.8% 2,823 0.7% 39
1928 65.1% 3,149 34.8% 1,684 0.2% 8
1924 52.1% 2,267 47.2% 2,052 0.8% 33
1920 50.9% 2,493 48.6% 2,380 0.5% 25
1916 49.0% 1,332 50.1% 1,360 0.9% 24
1912 18.9% 468 46.4% 1,150 34.8% 863

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 37.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org.

Coordinates: 37°22′N 85°20′W / 37.37°N 85.33°W / 37.37; -85.33