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Nicholas County, Kentucky
Map
Map of Kentucky highlighting Nicholas County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1799
Seat Carlisle
Largest City Carlisle
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

197 sq mi (510 km²)
195 sq mi (505 km²)
1.7 sq mi (4 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

7,135
37/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://nicholascounty.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Nicholas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,135. Its county seat is Carlisle, which is also the only incorporated community in the county. Founded in 1799, the county is named for Col. George Nicholas, the "Father of the Kentucky Constitution".

History

Nicholas County was established in 1799 from land given by Bourbon and Mason counties. Nicholas was the 42nd Kentucky county in order of formation. Among the population of 10,361 in 1850 were over 1,500 slaves. For example, there were two slave holders in Nicholas County with the surname Rogers out of over 70 so named in the state. W. C. Rogers held three slaves, a mulatto women aged 44, a black woman aged 19, and a black boy aged 10. John Rogers held three slaves, a black woman aged 45, a black boy aged 5, and a black man aged 31.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 197 square miles (510 km2), of which 195 square miles (510 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 4,898
1820 7,973 62.8%
1830 8,834 10.8%
1840 8,745 −1.0%
1850 10,361 18.5%
1860 11,030 6.5%
1870 9,129 −17.2%
1880 11,869 30.0%
1890 10,764 −9.3%
1900 11,952 11.0%
1910 10,601 −11.3%
1920 9,894 −6.7%
1930 8,571 −13.4%
1940 8,617 0.5%
1950 7,532 −12.6%
1960 6,677 −11.4%
1970 6,508 −2.5%
1980 7,157 10.0%
1990 6,725 −6.0%
2000 6,813 1.3%
2010 7,135 4.7%
Est. 2015 7,131 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,135 people, 2,809 households, and 1,956 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 per square mile (14/km2). There were 3,261 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.9% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. 1.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,809 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.60% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.40% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.40% under the age of 19, 4.8% from 20 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.5 years. For every 100 females there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,259, and the median income for a family was $43,410. The per capita income for the county was $18,452. About 9.70% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 16.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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