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Bath County, Kentucky
Map
Map of Kentucky highlighting Bath County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1811
Seat Owingsville
Largest City Owingsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

284 sq mi (736 km²)
279 sq mi (723 km²)
5.2 sq mi (13 km²), 1.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

11,591
42/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://bathcounty.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Named for: Medicinal springs located within the county

Bath County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,591. The county seat is Owingsville. The county was formed in 1811.

Bath County is included in the Mount Sterling, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Lexington-Fayette-Richmond-Frankfort, KY Combined Statistical Area.

History

Bath County was established in 1811 from land given by Montgomery County, Kentucky. Its name is derived from natural springs said to have medicinal qualities. The courthouse in Owingsville was destroyed by an accidental fire caused by Union troops during the American Civil War in 1864.

In 1932, an archaeological field survey observed fourteen archaeological sites in Bath County, including the Ramey Mound near Sharpsburg and multiple ancient burials near the Springfield Presbyterian Church.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 284 square miles (740 km2), of which 279 square miles (720 km2) is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) (1.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Daniel Boone National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 7,961
1830 8,799 10.5%
1840 9,763 11.0%
1850 12,115 24.1%
1860 12,113 0.0%
1870 10,145 −16.2%
1880 11,982 18.1%
1890 12,813 6.9%
1900 14,734 15.0%
1910 13,988 −5.1%
1920 11,996 −14.2%
1930 11,075 −7.7%
1940 11,451 3.4%
1950 10,410 −9.1%
1960 9,114 −12.4%
1970 9,235 1.3%
1980 10,025 8.6%
1990 9,692 −3.3%
2000 11,085 14.4%
2010 11,591 4.6%
Est. 2015 12,228 5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,085 people, 4,445 households, and 3,195 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 per square mile (15/km2). There were 4,994 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (6.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.87% White, 1.85% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,445 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,018, and the median income for a family was $31,758. Males had a median income of $27,786 versus $20,986 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,326. About 16.40% of families and 21.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.60% of those under age 18 and 21.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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