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Henry County
Henry County courthouse in New Castle
Henry County courthouse in New Castle
Map of Kentucky highlighting Henry County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
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Country  United States
State  Kentucky
Founded 1798
Named for Patrick Henry
Seat New Castle
Largest city Eminence
Area
 • Total 291 sq mi (750 km2)
 • Land 286 sq mi (740 km2)
 • Water 4.8 sq mi (12 km2)  1.7%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
16,126
 • Density 54/sq mi (21/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 4th

Henry County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky bordering the Kentucky River. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,416. Its county seat is New Castle, but its largest city is Eminence. The county was founded in 1798 from portions of Shelby County. It was named for the statesman and governor of Virginia Patrick Henry.

Henry County is included in the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. Since the 1990s, it has become an increasingly important exurb, especially as land prices have become higher in neighboring Oldham County.

With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a wet county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 291 square miles (750 km2), of which 286 square miles (740 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 3,258
1810 6,777 108.0%
1820 10,816 59.6%
1830 11,387 5.3%
1840 10,015 −12.0%
1850 11,442 14.2%
1860 11,949 4.4%
1870 11,066 −7.4%
1880 14,492 31.0%
1890 14,164 −2.3%
1900 14,620 3.2%
1910 13,716 −6.2%
1920 13,411 −2.2%
1930 12,564 −6.3%
1940 12,220 −2.7%
1950 11,394 −6.8%
1960 10,987 −3.6%
1970 10,910 −0.7%
1980 12,740 16.8%
1990 12,823 0.7%
2000 15,060 17.4%
2010 15,416 2.4%
2020 15,678 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,060 people, 5,844 households, and 4,330 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 per square mile (20/km2). There were 6,381 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.97% White, 3.30% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.26% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 2.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,844 households, out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.90% 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 2.97.

The age distribution was 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,263, and the median income for a family was $45,009. Males had a median income of $31,478 versus $21,982 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,846. About 10.40% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.50% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Notable residents

See also: List of people from the Louisville metropolitan area
  • Wendell Berry, writer
  • Reuben T. Durrett, lawyer, author, and Kentucky historian
  • William J. Graves, U.S. congressman
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