Boyle County, Kentucky

Boyle County, Kentucky

Boyle County Courthouse in Danville
Map of Kentucky highlighting Boyle County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1842
Named for John Boyle
Seat Danville
Largest city Danville
  Total 183 sq mi (474 km2)
  Land 180 sq mi (466 km2)
  Water 2.5 sq mi (6 km2), 1.4
  (2010) 28,432
  Density 158/sq mi (61/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Boyle County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,432.[1] Its county seat is Danville.[2] The county was formed in 1842 and named for John Boyle (1774–1835), a U.S. Representative, chief justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals and later federal judge for the District of Kentucky.[3]

Boyle County is part of the Danville, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area.


In 1820, a portion of Casey County, now south of KY Route 300, was annexed to Mercer County. This became part of Boyle County when Boyle County was formed on February 15, 1842 from sections of Lincoln County and Mercer County. It is named for John Boyle, Congressman, Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Judge.

A courthouse fire in 1860 resulted in the loss of some county records.[4]

During the American Civil War, the Battle of Perryville took place here on October 8, 1862, fought between the Confederate Army of Mississippi and the Union Army of the Ohio. 7407 men fell in the battle.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 183 square miles (470 km2), of which 180 square miles (470 km2) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) (1.4%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201529,809[6]4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 27,697 people, 10,574 households, and 7,348 families residing in the county. The population density was 152 per square mile (59/km2). There were 11,418 housing units at an average density of 63 per square mile (24/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.77% White, 9.68% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

There were 10,574 households, of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.70% were married couples living together, 12.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.87.

By age, 22.70% of the population was under 18, 11.00% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% were 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was US $35,241, and the median income for a family was $42,699. Males had a median income of $33,411 versus $23,635 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,288. About 9.10% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.80% of those under age 18 and 12.10% of those age 65 or over.


Presidential election results[12]
Year Republican Democrat
2012 62.26% 7,703 36.14% 4,471
2008 60.95% 7,701 37.74% 4,769
2004 62.16% 7,764 37.20% 4,646
2000 59.33% 6,126 38.38% 3,963


County Judge/Executive[13]
  • Harold McKinney
County Magistrates
  • Richard Mayes
  • Donnie Coffman
  • Phillip R. Sammons
  • Jack Hendricks
  • Patty Burke
  • John Caywood
County Attorney
  • Richard Campbell Jr.
County Treasurer
  • Mary Conley
County Coroner
  • Don Hamner
  • Marty Elliot
County Clerk
  • Trillie Bottom
Property Valuation Administrator
  • Eddie Tamme
District Court Judge[14]
  • Jeff Dotson
Circuit Court Judge
  • Darren W Peckler
Family Court Judge
  • Bruce Petrie
Circuit Clerk
  • Joni Terry
  • Barry Harmon


Centre College

Public schools

Boyle County Schools is the school district that serves all of Boyle County except Danville with three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Danville Schools is the school district that serves the city of Danville with three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Kentucky School for the Deaf provides education to Kentucky's deaf and hard-of-hearing children from elementary through high school

Private schools

Two private schools operate in Boyle County: Danville Christian Academy and Danville Montessori School.

Colleges and universities

Centre College, a nationally recognized liberal arts college, is located in Danville. Four other colleges and universities have campuses in Boyle County:


See also


  1. 1 2 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. "Boyle County". Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  4. Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 199. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  5. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  6. "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  7. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  8. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  9. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  10. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  11. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  13. "Find a County: Boyle County, KY". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  14. "Kentucky Court of Justice Addresses". Kentucky Court of Justice. Retrieved 2009-05-25.

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