Union County, Kentucky

Not to be confused with Union, Kentucky.
Union County, Kentucky

Union County Courthouse in Morganfield
Map of Kentucky highlighting Union County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1811
Seat Morganfield
Largest city Morganfield
  Total 363 sq mi (940 km2)
  Land 343 sq mi (888 km2)
  Water 21 sq mi (54 km2), 5.6%
  (2010) 15,007
  Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.unioncountyky.org

Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,007.[1] Its county seat is Morganfield.[2] The county was formed on January 15, 1811.

Located at the mouth of the Wabash River, Union County, along with neighboring Posey County, Indiana, and Gallatin County, Illinois form the tri-point of the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky Tri-State Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 363 square miles (940 km2), of which 343 square miles (890 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (5.6%) is water.[3] Union County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. The county's northwestern border with Illinois and Indiana is formed by the Ohio River.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201515,050[4]0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 Census, the population was 15,007. Of this, 85.45% were White, 12.05% were Black or African American, 1.49% were two or more races, 0.44% were some other race, 0.34% were Asian, 0.19% were American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.05% were Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino (of any race) were 1.62% of the population[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 15,637 people, 5,710 households, and 4,082 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 per square mile (17/km2). There were 6,234 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (6.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 85.04% White, 12.89% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 1.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,710 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.99.

25.30% of the population was under the age of 18, 13.80% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,018, and the median income for a family was $43,103. Males had a median income of $30,244 versus $20,817 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,465. About 9.30% of families and 17.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.


Public schools are managed by Union County Public Schools. The three public elementary schools in the county are located in Morganfield, Sturgis, and Uniontown. The county has one public middle school and one public high school, Union County High School located near Morganfield, Kentucky which is known for its wrestling program. St. Ann School, the only private school in the county, is located in Morganfield—it teaches preschool, elementary, and middle school classes.


These are the major highway routes through Union County:

The John T. Myers Locks and Dam once known as Uniontown Locks and Dam is located on the Ohio River 3½ miles downstream from Uniontown and straddles the river between Union County and Posey County Indiana. Construction on the dam was begun in 1965 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and completed in 1977. It was renamed to honor retired Indiana congressman John T. Myers.[11]


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. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  4. "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  5. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  6. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  7. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  8. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  9. http://censusviewer.com/county/ky/union/2010
  10. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. "Myers Dam". Locks and Dams Project Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. Archived from the original on January 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  12. "Benjamin Marcus Bogard (1868–1951)". encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
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