Clinton County, Kentucky

Clinton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky in the Pennyrile Region along the southern border with Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,272.[1] Its county seat is Albany.[2] The county was formed in 1835 and named for DeWitt Clinton, the seventh Governor of New York.[3] It is a prohibition or dry county.

Clinton County
Clinton County courthouse in Albany
Clinton County courthouse in Albany
Map of Kentucky highlighting Clinton County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°43′N 85°08′W / 36.72°N 85.13°W / 36.72; -85.13
Country United States
State Kentucky
FoundedFebruary 20, 1835
Named forDeWitt Clinton
SeatAlbany
Largest cityAlbany
Area
 • Total205 sq mi (530 km2)
 • Land197 sq mi (510 km2)
 • Water8.2 sq mi (21 km2)  4.0%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total9,253 Decrease
 • Density52/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websiteclintoncounty.ky.gov

HistoryEdit

Clinton County was formed on February 20, 1835, from portions of Cumberland and Wayne counties. It was named for DeWitt Clinton, governor of New York and driving force behind the Erie Canal.[4]

Courthouse fires in 1864 (Civil War guerrillas) and 1980 resulted in the destruction of county records, but in the latter case, local volunteers' assistance successfully preserved almost all records.[5]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 205 square miles (530 km2), of which 197 square miles (510 km2) is land and 8.2 square miles (21 km2) (4.0%) is water.[6]

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18403,863
18504,88926.6%
18605,78118.2%
18706,49712.4%
18807,21211.0%
18907,047−2.3%
19007,87111.7%
19108,1533.6%
19208,5895.3%
19309,0044.8%
194010,27914.2%
195010,6503.6%
19608,886−16.6%
19708,174−8.0%
19809,32114.0%
19909,135−2.0%
20009,6345.5%
201010,2726.6%
20209,253−9.9%
2021 (est.)9,2650.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2021[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 9,634 people, 4,086 households, and 2,811 families residing in the county. The population density was 49 per square mile (19/km2). There were 4,888 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (9.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.09% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. 1.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,086 households, out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.70% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $19,563, and the median income for a family was $25,919. Males had a median income of $21,193 versus $16,194 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,286. About 20.20% of families and 25.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.80% of those under age 18 and 29.90% of those age 65 or over.

CommunitiesEdit

PoliticsEdit

In presidential elections Clinton County has been overwhelmingly Republican ever since Reconstruction ended. Its Republican sympathies are reflected by the fact that, relative to population, Clinton County was a leader in providing soldiers for the Union Army, seeing 12.54% of its white population volunteer for Union service, exceeded only by the now-similarly Republican Owsley, Estill and Clay counties.[12]

The last Democrat to carry Clinton County was Horatio Seymour in 1868 – when party realignment was just beginning – and the last Democrat to pass so much as 30 percent of the county's vote was Grover Cleveland in 1888. Nor has any Republican in this time span – even William Howard Taft during the divided 1912 election – fallen short of 60 percent. Jackson County is the only other county in the United States that has seen no Democrat reach 30 percent since the beginning of the 1890s, and apart from these two only Hooker County, Nebraska has seen no Democrat reach 30 percent since 1940.

United States presidential election results for Clinton County, Kentucky[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,280 86.78% 603 12.23% 49 0.99%
2016 3,809 85.37% 547 12.26% 106 2.38%
2012 3,569 81.24% 752 17.12% 72 1.64%
2008 3,366 80.68% 761 18.24% 45 1.08%
2004 3,369 77.41% 952 21.88% 31 0.71%
2000 3,224 74.89% 1,032 23.97% 49 1.14%
1996 2,521 63.41% 1,072 26.96% 383 9.63%
1992 2,830 63.80% 1,241 27.98% 365 8.23%
1988 3,248 77.80% 899 21.53% 28 0.67%
1984 3,459 80.03% 838 19.39% 25 0.58%
1980 3,539 77.10% 1,000 21.79% 51 1.11%
1976 2,354 69.46% 987 29.12% 48 1.42%
1972 2,632 79.59% 659 19.93% 16 0.48%
1968 2,572 75.09% 568 16.58% 285 8.32%
1964 2,351 69.78% 994 29.50% 24 0.71%
1960 3,524 84.11% 666 15.89% 0 0.00%
1956 3,396 81.89% 747 18.01% 4 0.10%
1952 2,856 80.54% 678 19.12% 12 0.34%
1948 2,295 74.22% 709 22.93% 88 2.85%
1944 2,618 82.20% 564 17.71% 3 0.09%
1940 2,573 77.31% 755 22.69% 0 0.00%
1936 2,147 75.39% 701 24.61% 0 0.00%
1932 2,422 72.73% 908 27.27% 0 0.00%
1928 2,580 88.81% 325 11.19% 0 0.00%
1924 2,069 78.70% 543 20.65% 17 0.65%
1920 2,356 84.20% 431 15.40% 11 0.39%
1916 1,260 76.23% 379 22.93% 14 0.85%
1912 828 65.25% 310 24.43% 131 10.32%


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Clinton County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. Archived from the original on July 17, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 34.
  5. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 219. ISBN 9780916489496. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Copeland, James E.; ‘Where Were the Kentucky Unionists and Secessionists’; The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, volume 71, no. 4 (October 1973), pp. 344–363
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". USElectionAtlas.org. Retrieved July 29, 2017.

Coordinates: 36°43′N 85°08′W / 36.72°N 85.13°W / 36.72; -85.13