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Hancock County, Kentucky
Map
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hancock County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1829
Seat Hawesville
Largest City Lewisport
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

199 sq mi (515 km²)
188 sq mi (487 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 5.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

8,565
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.hancockky.us
Named for: John Hancock

Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,565. Its county seat is Hawesville. Hancock is a prohibition or dry county.

Hancock County is included in the Owensboro, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Hancock County was formed in 1829 from portions of Breckinridge, Daviess, and Ohio counties. The county is named for John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The courthouse, the second to serve the county, was built in 1868 and renovated in 1978.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 199 square miles (520 km2), of which 188 square miles (490 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (5.6%) is water. The northern border of the county lies along the Ohio River.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,515
1840 2,581 70.4%
1850 3,853 49.3%
1860 6,213 61.3%
1870 6,591 6.1%
1880 8,563 29.9%
1890 9,214 7.6%
1900 8,914 −3.3%
1910 8,512 −4.5%
1920 6,945 −18.4%
1930 6,147 −11.5%
1940 6,807 10.7%
1950 6,009 −11.7%
1960 5,330 −11.3%
1970 7,080 32.8%
1980 7,742 9.4%
1990 7,864 1.6%
2000 8,392 6.7%
2010 8,565 2.1%
Est. 2015 8,692 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,392 people, 3,215 households, and 2,436 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 per square mile (17/km2). There were 3,600 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,215 households out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.40% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.20% were non-families. 21.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,914, and the median income for a family was $42,994. Males had a median income of $35,294 versus $23,574 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,623. About 11.40% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 15.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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