Woodford County, Kentucky
|Woodford County, Kentucky|
Woodford County courthouse in Versailles
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Founded||November 12, 1788|
|Named for||William Woodford|
|• Total||192 sq mi (497 km2)|
|• Land||189 sq mi (490 km2)|
|• Water||3.3 sq mi (9 km2), 0.6%|
|• Density||132/sq mi (51/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
The county was formed from a part of Fayette County, Virginia in 1788. It was named for William Woodford, an American Revolutionary War general from Virginia who died while a prisoner of war in 1780. It was the last of the original nine counties established that formed the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 192 square miles (500 km2), of which 189 square miles (490 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (1.7%) is water.
- Franklin County (northwest)
- Scott County (northeast)
- Fayette County (east)
- Jessamine County (southeast)
- Mercer County (southwest)
- Anderson County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,208 people, 8,893 households, and 6,643 families residing in the county. The population density was 122 per square mile (47/km2). There were 9,374 housing units at an average density of 49 per square mile (19/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.08% White, 5.41% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 2.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 8,893 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.30% were non-families. 21.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $49,491, and the median income for a family was $58,218. Males had a median income of $39,284 versus $27,972 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,839. About 5.20% of families and 7.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
Woodford County is home to Kentucky's oldest bourbon whiskey distillery, Labrot & Graham (established 1812), maker of Woodford Reserve; and to the Life Adventure Center, the Weisenberger flour mill, Castle post hotel, and the former Old Taylor Distillery.
- Huntertown Elementary
- Northside Elementary
- Southside Elementary
- St. Leo's (Serves K-8/Private)
- Simmons Elementary
- Woodford County High School
- Woodford County Middle School
- Woodford Christian School K-5 (Private)
- Midway University
- John Buford, Union cavalry officer during the American Civil War
- Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler, Sr., Governor of Kentucky, baseball commissioner
- Ben Chandler, U.S. Representative
- John Conlee, country music singer
- Charles W. Field, United States Army officer and Doorkeeper of the United States House of Representatives
- Thomas Marshall (1730–1802), colonel of the 3rd Virginia Regiment; father of the future Chief Justice John Marshall
- Chad Pennington, former NFL quarterback
- Charles Scott, Brig. General during the American Revolution and fourth Governor of Kentucky 1808-12
- William Shatner, actor
- William T. Sterling, Wisconsin legislator and pioneer
- William A. Trimble, United States Senator
- Mundy's Landing
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