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Hickman County, Kentucky

Hickman County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,902,[1] making it the third-least populous county in Kentucky. Its county seat is Clinton.[2] The county was formed in 1821.[3] It is the least densely populated county in the state and is a prohibition or dry county.

Hickman County, Kentucky
Hickman County Courthouse KY.JPG
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hickman County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1821
Named for Paschal Hickman
Seat Clinton
Largest city Clinton
Area
 • Total 253 sq mi (655 km2)
 • Land 242 sq mi (627 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 4.3%
Population
 • (2010) 4,902
 • Density 20/sq mi (8/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website hickmancounty.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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HistoryEdit

Founded in 1821, Hickman County was the seventy-first in order of formation. It was named for Captain Paschal Hickman of the 1st Rifle Regiment, Kentucky Militia.[4][5] A resident of Franklin County, Kentucky, Hickman was wounded and captured at the Battle of Frenchtown in January 1813 and was killed by Indians in the Massacre of the River Raisin.

Columbus, Kentucky, in the northwest of the county and located on the Mississippi River, was the original county seat. A log structure built in 1823 served as the courthouse. In 1830, the county seat was moved to the more centrally located Clinton.

In 1861, early in the American Civil War, the Confederate Army established Fort de Russey on the strategically located bluffs at Columbus across the river from Belmont, Missouri. Confederate General Leonidas Polk knew it was important to control the river, and wanted to extend a massive chain across the Mississippi to block Union forces from going downstream. (This was never achieved.) The fort was garrisoned with several thousand troops and a six-gun battery was installed; a smaller force was based at a Confederate camp in Belmont.

Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant moved troops from his base at Cairo, Illinois, and attacked Belmont in November 1861, his first battle of the war. He was ultimately defeated by Confederate troops sent from Columbus across the river to reinforce the Confederate defense; they were led by Polk.[6] [7] The former site of the Confederate fortifications near Columbus, Kentucky is now the Columbus-Belmont State Park, commemorating all the actions of the day that led to Union defeat here.[8]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 253 square miles (660 km2), of which 242 square miles (630 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (4.3%) is water.[9] The elevation in the county ranges from 276 feet (84 m) to 510 feet (160 m) above sea level. The county's western border is formed by the Mississippi River, nearly a mile wide here, with the state of Missouri on the other side. Some portions of the county are landlocked to Missouri west of the Mississippi.

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
18305,198
18408,96872.5%
18504,791−46.6%
18607,00846.3%
18708,45320.6%
188010,65126.0%
189011,6379.3%
190011,7450.9%
191011,7500.0%
192010,244−12.8%
19308,725−14.8%
19409,1424.8%
19507,778−14.9%
19606,747−13.3%
19706,264−7.2%
19806,065−3.2%
19905,566−8.2%
20005,262−5.5%
20104,902−6.8%
Est. 20164,627[10]−5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 5,262 people, 2,188 households, and 1,542 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 per square mile (8.5/km2). There were 2,436 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (3.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.35% White, 9.90% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,188 households out of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% 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 2.82.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 18.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,615, and the median income for a family was $37,049. Males had a median income of $28,438 versus $18,506 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,279. About 14.20% of families and 17.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.70% of those under age 18 and 13.80% of those age 65 or over.

CommunitiesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 76.8% 1,657 20.8% 449 2.4% 51
2012 66.9% 1,431 32.1% 686 1.0% 22
2008 62.5% 1,406 36.1% 812 1.4% 32
2004 59.6% 1,395 39.5% 926 0.9% 21
2000 54.2% 1,151 44.3% 940 1.6% 33
1996 32.0% 695 56.1% 1,220 11.9% 258
1992 35.0% 861 52.8% 1,296 12.2% 300
1988 49.3% 1,142 50.0% 1,158 0.7% 15
1984 56.6% 1,380 43.0% 1,049 0.3% 8
1980 42.8% 1,143 54.6% 1,456 2.6% 69
1976 21.5% 585 74.9% 2,035 3.5% 96
1972 56.7% 1,430 38.7% 976 4.7% 118
1968 23.2% 623 32.8% 880 44.0% 1,183
1964 22.1% 613 77.5% 2,149 0.4% 12
1960 30.8% 968 69.2% 2,176 0.0% 0
1956 24.8% 785 74.8% 2,367 0.4% 11
1952 30.4% 871 69.4% 1,988 0.2% 6
1948 12.3% 326 80.6% 2,143 7.2% 190
1944 22.6% 588 77.1% 2,005 0.4% 9
1940 15.1% 490 84.7% 2,758 0.2% 7
1936 13.0% 385 86.3% 2,548 0.6% 19
1932 11.8% 446 87.8% 3,327 0.4% 16
1928 26.1% 767 73.7% 2,163 0.2% 6
1924 21.3% 618 78.1% 2,270 0.6% 17
1920 22.0% 866 77.4% 3,045 0.6% 23
1916 21.1% 539 77.4% 1,982 1.5% 39
1912 17.7% 365 74.5% 1,540 7.8% 162

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Hickman County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 156.
  5. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 35.
  6. ^ Hughes, Nathaniel Cheairs, The Battle of Belmont: Grant Strikes South (Univ of North Carolina Press, 1991), p. 184.
  7. ^ McGhee, James E. "The Neophyte General: U.S. Grant and the Belmont Campaign", Civil War in St. Louis
  8. ^ The Kentucky Encyclopedia.
  9. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  16. ^ "Montana Governor Robert Burns Smith". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-02.

Coordinates: 36°41′N 88°59′W / 36.68°N 88.98°W / 36.68; -88.98