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Trigg County, Kentucky
Map
Map of Kentucky highlighting Trigg County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1820
Seat Cadiz
Largest City Cadiz
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

481 sq mi (1,246 km²)
441 sq mi (1,142 km²)
40 sq mi (104 km²), 8.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

14,339
32/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.triggcounty.ky.gov/
Named for: Stephen Trigg

Trigg County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,339. Its county seat is Cadiz. It was formed in 1820 and named for Stephen Trigg, an officer in the American Revolutionary War who was killed at the Battle of Blue Licks. Trigg was a prohibition or dry county until 2009, when the county's voters narrowly approved a referendum to repeal the prohibition on alcohol sales.

Trigg County is part of the Clarksville, TN–KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Trigg County is governed by a Fiscal Court, which is led by a Judge-Executive. The current Judge-Executive is Hollis Alexander (D). Alexander was appointed to the position in 2013 after Stanley H. Humphries was elected to the Kentucky State Senate from District 1.

History

Trigg County was formed in 1820 from Christian County and Caldwell County.

Trigg County was named in honor of Lt. Col. Stephen Trigg, of Virginia. Lt. Col. Trigg settled near Harrodsburg, Kentucky and was killed on August 19, 1782, in the Battle of Blue Licks.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 481 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 441 square miles (1,140 km2) is land and 40 square miles (100 km2) (8.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 5,916
1840 7,716 30.4%
1850 10,129 31.3%
1860 11,051 9.1%
1870 13,686 23.8%
1880 14,489 5.9%
1890 13,902 −4.1%
1900 14,073 1.2%
1910 14,539 3.3%
1920 14,208 −2.3%
1930 12,531 −11.8%
1940 12,784 2.0%
1950 9,683 −24.3%
1960 8,870 −8.4%
1970 8,620 −2.8%
1980 9,384 8.9%
1990 10,361 10.4%
2000 12,597 21.6%
2010 14,339 13.8%
Est. 2015 14,233 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,597 people, 5,215 households, and 3,765 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 per square mile (11/km2). There were 6,698 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (5.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.34% White, 9.79% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,215 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,002, and the median income for a family was $40,886. Males had a median income of $31,158 versus $22,081 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,184. About 8.80% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 14.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

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Other unincorporated places


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