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Casey County
Casey County courthouse in Liberty
Casey County courthouse in Liberty
Map of Kentucky highlighting Casey County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
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Kentucky's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Kentucky
Founded November 14, 1806
Named for Colonel William Casey
Seat Liberty
Largest city Liberty
Area
 • Total 446 sq mi (1,160 km2)
 • Land 444 sq mi (1,150 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (4 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 15,955
 • Density 36/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

Casey County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,955. Its county seat is Liberty. The county was formed in 1806 from the western part of Lincoln County and named for Colonel William Casey, a pioneer settler who moved his family to Kentucky in 1779. It is the only Kentucky county entirely in the Knobs region. Casey County is home to annual 'Casey County Apple Festival', and is a prohibition or dry county. It is considered part of the Appalachian region of Kentucky.

History

Casey County was established in 1806 from land given by Lincoln County. The third and present courthouse was built in 1889.

In 2015, County Clerk Casey Davis received national press when he announced he would deny same-sex marriage licenses, as a show of solidarity with fellow county clerk Kim Davis, who was criticized and later jailed for doing the same thing in Rowan County, Kentucky.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 square miles (1,160 km2), of which 444 square miles (1,150 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.3%) is water.

The highest point in Casey County is Green River Knob at 1,789 feet (545 m).

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 3,285
1820 4,349 32.4%
1830 4,342 −0.2%
1840 4,939 13.7%
1850 6,556 32.7%
1860 6,466 −1.4%
1870 8,884 37.4%
1880 10,983 23.6%
1890 11,848 7.9%
1900 15,144 27.8%
1910 15,479 2.2%
1920 17,213 11.2%
1930 16,747 −2.7%
1940 19,962 19.2%
1950 17,446 −12.6%
1960 14,327 −17.9%
1970 12,930 −9.8%
1980 14,818 14.6%
1990 14,211 −4.1%
2000 15,447 8.7%
2010 15,955 3.3%
2015 (est.) 15,808 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,447 people, 6,260 households, and 4,419 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 per square mile (14/km2). There were 7,242 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.30% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,260 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.

24.50% of the population was under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,580, and the median income for a family was $27,044. Males had a median income of $22,283 versus $17,885 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,867. About 20.70% of families and 25.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.10% of those under age 18 and 29.60% of those age 65 or over.

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