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Calloway County, Kentucky
Map
Map of Kentucky highlighting Calloway County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded November 3, 1822
Seat Murray
Largest City Murray
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

411 sq mi (1,064 km²)
385 sq mi (997 km²)
26 sq mi (67 km²), 6.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

37,191
97/sq mi (37/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.callowaycounty-ky.gov
Named for: Richard Callaway

Calloway County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,191. Its county seat is Murray. The county was founded in November 1822 and named for Colonel Richard Callaway, one of the founders of Boonesborough.

Calloway County comprises the Murray, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area.

As of July 18, 2012 Calloway County is a moist county: the sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited, with the exception of the city of Murray.

History

Calloway County was created in 1822 from land taken from Hickman County. The courthouse was built in 1823. A fire at the courthouse in 1906 caused the almost complete destruction of the county records. Calloway county was named after Richard Callaway.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 385 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (6.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield (Fort Heiman part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 5,164
1840 9,794 89.7%
1850 8,096 −17.3%
1860 9,915 22.5%
1870 9,410 −5.1%
1880 13,295 41.3%
1890 14,675 10.4%
1900 17,633 20.2%
1910 19,867 12.7%
1920 20,802 4.7%
1930 17,662 −15.1%
1940 19,041 7.8%
1950 20,147 5.8%
1960 20,972 4.1%
1970 27,692 32.0%
1980 30,031 8.4%
1990 30,735 2.3%
2000 34,177 11.2%
2010 37,191 8.8%
Est. 2015 38,343 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 34,177 people, 13,862 households, and 8,594 families residing in the county. The population density was 88 per square mile (34/km2). There were 16,069 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.48% White, 3.56% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,862 households out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.00% were non-families. 29.70% 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 2.25 and the average family size was 2.79.

The age distribution was 18.70% under the age of 18, 19.80% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. The relatively large 18-to-24 population is mostly due to the presence of Murray State University. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,134, and the median income for a family was $39,914. Males had a median income of $31,184 versus $22,046 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,566. About 9.80% of families and 16.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.70% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Place of interest

  • Fort Heiman, part of Fort Donelson National Battlefield

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