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Meade County
Meade County courthouse in Brandenburg
Meade County courthouse in Brandenburg
Map of Kentucky highlighting Meade 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 1823
Named for James Meade
Seat Brandenburg
Largest city Brandenburg
 • Total 325 sq mi (840 km2)
 • Land 305 sq mi (790 km2)
 • Water 19 sq mi (50 km2)  5.9%
 • Total 30,003 Increase
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Meade County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Its county seat is Brandenburg. The county was founded December 17, 1823, and named for Captain James M. Meade, who was killed in action at the Battle of River Raisin during the War of 1812. Meade County is part of the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Louisville/Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Madison, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area.


View of the Ohio River in Meade County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 325 square miles (840 km2), of which 305 square miles (790 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (5.9%) is water. All 56 miles (90 km) of the county's northern border faces Indiana, across from the Ohio River.

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The Regional planning group One Knox considers the largest road projects needed to support the growth from the BRAC realignment at Fort Knox to include extending Kentucky Route 313 to US 60 in Meade County and then into Brandenburg creating a corridor between Radcliff and Elizabethtown running parallel to U.S. Route 31W (Dixie Highway), and building a new extension from Bullion Boulevard in Fort Knox to KY 313 in Radcliff. The group estimates that buying the right of way for the KY 313 project to Brandenburg would cost nearly $30 million. The realignment at Fort Knox is projected to bring thousands of workers and jobs, along with millions of dollars into the regions economy.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,131
1840 5,780 39.9%
1850 7,393 27.9%
1860 8,898 20.4%
1870 9,485 6.6%
1880 10,323 8.8%
1890 9,484 −8.1%
1900 10,533 11.1%
1910 9,783 −7.1%
1920 9,442 −3.5%
1930 8,042 −14.8%
1940 8,827 9.8%
1950 9,422 6.7%
1960 18,938 101.0%
1970 18,796 −0.7%
1980 22,854 21.6%
1990 24,170 5.8%
2000 26,349 9.0%
2010 28,602 8.6%
2020 30,003 4.9%
2021 (est.) 30,131 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2021

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,349 people, 9,470 households, and 7,396 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 per square mile (33/km2). There were 10,293 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.37% White, 4.13% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 2.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,470 households, out of which 42.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.10% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. Of all households 18.40% were made up of individuals, and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 29.80% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 32.70% from 25 to 44, 20.30% from 45 to 64, and 8.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,966, and the median income for a family was $40,592. Males had a median income of $30,835 versus $22,038 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,000. About 9.30% of families and 11.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.80% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.



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