Taylor County, Kentucky

Taylor County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Taylor County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1848
Seat Campbellsville
Largest city Campbellsville
  Total 277 sq mi (717 km2)
  Land 266 sq mi (689 km2)
  Water 10 sq mi (26 km2), 3.8%
  (2010) 24,512
  Density 92/sq mi (36/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.taylorcounty.us

Taylor County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,512.[1] Its county seat is Campbellsville.[2] Settled from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina after the Revolutionary War, the county was organized in 1848 in the Highland Rim region. It was named for General Zachary Taylor, later President of the United States.[3]

Taylor is a "moist county;" selected restaurants can serve alcoholic beverages. Taylor County was the 100th county created by Kentucky.

The Campbellsville Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Taylor County. It is represented in the Kentucky House of Representatives by Republican John "Bam" Carney, an educator. In 2009 Carney succeeded fellow Republican Russ Mobley, a retired associate professor of theatre arts at Campbellsville University.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 277 square miles (720 km2), of which 266 square miles (690 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (3.8%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201525,420[5]3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 22,927 people, 9,233 households, and 6,555 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 per square mile (33/km2). There were 10,180 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.62% White, 5.06% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,233 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,089, and the median income for a family was $33,854. Males had a median income of $26,633 versus $20,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,162. About 14.20% of families and 17.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.70% of those under age 18 and 18.30% of those age 65 or over.


Notable natives and residents

See also


  1. 1 2 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 37.
  4. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  5. "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  6. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  7. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  8. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  9. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  10. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. 1 2 3 "Taylor County", The Encyclopedia of Kentucky, ed. John E. Kleber, University Press of Kentucky, 2015, p. 871

Coordinates: 37°22′N 85°20′W / 37.37°N 85.33°W / 37.37; -85.33

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