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Hardin County, Kentucky
Map
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hardin County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1792
Seat Elizabethtown
Largest City Elizabethtown
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

630 sq mi (1,632 km²)
623 sq mi (1,614 km²)
6.9 sq mi (18 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

105,543
169/sq mi (65/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.hcky.org
Named for: John Hardin

Hardin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Its county seat is at Elizabethtown. The county was formed in 1792.

Hardin County is part of the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the Louisville/Jefferson County—Elizabethtown-Madison, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 105,543.

Hardin County is known for being the birthplace of former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, though the location is now part of neighboring Larue County.

History

Hardin County was established in 1792 from land given by Nelson County. Hardin was the 15th Kentucky county in order of formation. The county is named for Col. John Hardin, a Continental Army officer during the American Revolution and a brother of the Capt. William Hardin who founded Hardinsburg.

Courthouse fires destroyed county records in 1864 and again in 1932. The present courthouse dates from 1934.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 630 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 623 square miles (1,610 km2) is land and 6.9 square miles (18 km2) (1.1%) is water. It is the fourth-largest county by area in Kentucky.

Adjacent counties

Hardin County borders nine counties, more than any other county in Kentucky.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 3,653
1810 7,531 106.2%
1820 10,498 39.4%
1830 12,849 22.4%
1840 16,357 27.3%
1850 14,525 −11.2%
1860 15,189 4.6%
1870 15,705 3.4%
1880 22,564 43.7%
1890 21,304 −5.6%
1900 22,937 7.7%
1910 22,696 −1.1%
1920 24,287 7.0%
1930 20,913 −13.9%
1940 29,108 39.2%
1950 50,312 72.8%
1960 67,789 34.7%
1970 78,421 15.7%
1980 88,917 13.4%
1990 89,240 0.4%
2000 94,174 5.5%
2010 105,543 12.1%
Est. 2015 106,439 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

As of the census of 2010, there were 105,543 people, 39,853 households, and 28,288 families residing in the county. The population density was 167.5 per square mile (64.7/km2). There were 43,261 housing units at an average density of 68.7 per square mile (26.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 80.5% White (77.8% non-Hispanic), 11.6% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.0% of the population.

There were 39,853 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.0% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

The age distribution was 25.97% under 18, 9.93% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.0 years. For every 100 females there were 100.41 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.54 males.

Complete economic data from the 2010 Census has not yet been released. According to the 2010 Census, the median income for a household in the county was $43,421, and the median income for a family was $55,151. The per capita income for the county was $23,744. Remaining economic data is from the 2000 Census. At that time, males had a median income of $30,743 versus $22,688 for females. About 8.20% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

  • Cecilia
  • Fort Knox, a military base (partly in Meade County and Bullitt County, although all of the base housing is in Hardin County)
  • Rineyville

Unincorporated communities

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