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Morgan County, Kentucky
Map
Map of Kentucky highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1822
Seat West Liberty
Largest City West Liberty
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

384 sq mi (995 km²)
381 sq mi (987 km²)
2.7 sq mi (7 km²), 0.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

13,923
37/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://morgancounty.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Named for: Daniel Morgan

Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,923. Its county seat is West Liberty. The county is among the dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.

History

Morgan County was formed on December 7, 1822 from portions of Bath County and Floyd County. It was named for Daniel Morgan, a distinguished general in the American Revolutionary War.

The history of Christian churches in the county was documented in A History of the Churches of Christ in Morgan County Kentucky, a thesis by Luke Bolin in 1941, which included pictures of churches and group pictures of people associated with the churches.

Morgan County was hit by an EF3 tornado on March 2, 2012, which cost the lives of six people and injured many others. Following the tornado, Morgan County's population decreased, but the county seat still has a strong population for a small town.

Morgan County had begun building a new court house in 2011, but the tornado delayed its construction to late 2013.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 384 square miles (990 km2), of which 300 square miles (780 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Daniel Boone National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,857
1840 4,603 61.1%
1850 7,620 65.5%
1860 9,237 21.2%
1870 5,975 −35.3%
1880 8,455 41.5%
1890 11,249 33.0%
1900 12,792 13.7%
1910 16,259 27.1%
1920 16,518 1.6%
1930 15,130 −8.4%
1940 16,827 11.2%
1950 13,624 −19.0%
1960 11,056 −18.8%
1970 10,019 −9.4%
1980 12,103 20.8%
1990 11,648 −3.8%
2000 13,948 19.7%
2010 13,923 −0.2%
Est. 2015 13,275 −4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,948 people, 4,752 households, and 3,568 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 per square mile (14/km2). There were 5,487 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.59% White, 4.38% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,752 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 22.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.40% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 32.90% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 123.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 128.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,869, and the median income for a family was $26,135. Males had a median income of $23,966 versus $18,463 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,657. 27.20% of the population and 23.50% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 33.90% are under the age of 18 and 28.50% are 65 or older.

Presidential election results
Year Democratic Republican
2016 21.1% 1,006 76.1% 3,628
2012 30.6% 1,369 67.6% 3,021
2008 42.9% 1,879 54.7% 2,396
2004 48.0% 2,532 50.9% 2,682
2000 44.2% 1,875 54.1% 2,295
1996 49.9% 1,843 38.9% 1,439
1992 60.2% 2,655 28.1% 1,239
1988 61.0% 2,329 38.0% 1,452
1984 57.3% 2,481 42.4% 1,834
1980 64.3% 2,698 34.5% 1,450
1976 74.3% 2,897 25.0% 973
1972 53.9% 1,815 45.6% 1,535
1968 56.1% 2,222 33.9% 1,341
1964 84.7% 3,293 14.0% 546
1960 62.9% 2,910 37.1% 1,718

Communities

City

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places


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