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Lyon County
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lyon County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
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Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Kentucky
Founded 1854
Named for Chittenden Lyon
Seat Eddyville
Largest city Eddyville
Area
 • Total 257 sq mi (670 km2)
 • Land 214 sq mi (550 km2)
 • Water 43 sq mi (110 km2)  17%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 8,314
 • Density 39/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Lyon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,314. Its county seat is Eddyville. The county was formed from Caldwell County, Kentucky in 1854 and named for former Congressman Chittenden Lyon.

It is a limited dry county, meaning that the sale of alcohol is prohibited except by the drink in restaurants in the city of Kuttawa that seat at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of total sales from food.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 257 square miles (670 km2), of which 214 square miles (550 km2) is land and 43 square miles (110 km2) (17%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,307
1870 6,233 17.4%
1880 6,768 8.6%
1890 7,628 12.7%
1900 9,319 22.2%
1910 9,423 1.1%
1920 8,795 −6.7%
1930 8,530 −3.0%
1940 9,067 6.3%
1950 6,853 −24.4%
1960 5,924 −13.6%
1970 5,562 −6.1%
1980 6,490 16.7%
1990 6,624 2.1%
2000 8,080 22.0%
2010 8,314 2.9%
Est. 2015 8,306 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,080 people, 2,898 households, and 2,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 per square mile (15/km2). There were 4,189 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.86% White, 6.72% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The largest ancestry groups in Lyon County, Kentucky according to the census of 2000 are:

There were 2,898 households out of which 25.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.70.

The age distribution was 15.80% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 32.90% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 133.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 138.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,694, and the median income for a family was $39,940. Males had a median income of $36,034 versus $21,806 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,016. About 10.20% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.30% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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