Metcalfe County, Kentucky

Metcalfe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Its county seat is Edmonton.[1] The county was founded in May 1860 and named for Thomas Metcalfe, Governor of Kentucky from 1828 to 1832.[2][3] Metcalfe County is part of the Glasgow, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Bowling Green-Glasgow, KY Combined Statistical Area.

Metcalfe County
Metcalfe County Courthouse in Edmonton
Map of Kentucky highlighting Metcalfe 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°59′N 85°38′W / 36.99°N 85.63°W / 36.99; -85.63
Country United States
State Kentucky
Founded1860
Named forThomas Metcalfe
SeatEdmonton
Largest cityEdmonton
Area
 • Total291 sq mi (750 km2)
 • Land290 sq mi (800 km2)
 • Water1.5 sq mi (4 km2)  0.5%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total10,286 Increase
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.metcalfecounty.com

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 291 square miles (750 km2), of which 290 square miles (750 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18707,934
18809,42318.8%
18909,8714.8%
19009,9881.2%
191010,4534.7%
192010,075−3.6%
19309,373−7.0%
194010,85315.8%
19509,851−9.2%
19608,367−15.1%
19708,177−2.3%
19809,48416.0%
19908,963−5.5%
200010,03712.0%
201010,0990.6%
202010,2861.9%
2021 (est.)10,3490.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2021[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 10,037 people, 4,016 households, and 2,883 families residing in the county. The population density was 34 per square mile (13/km2). There were 4,592 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.26% White, 1.64% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,016 households, out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,540, and the median income for a family was $29,178. Males had a median income of $22,430 versus $18,591 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,236. About 18.80% of families and 23.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.20% of those under age 18 and 27.90% of those age 65 or over.

CommunitiesEdit

CityEdit

Census-designated placeEdit

Other unincorporated communitiesEdit

LandmarksEdit

Ghost TownsEdit

PoliticsEdit

United States presidential election results for Metcalfe County, Kentucky[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,959 78.99% 975 19.45% 78 1.56%
2016 3,491 75.56% 976 21.13% 153 3.31%
2012 2,676 63.96% 1,425 34.06% 83 1.98%
2008 2,734 65.11% 1,350 32.15% 115 2.74%
2004 2,645 63.63% 1,472 35.41% 40 0.96%
2000 2,476 64.33% 1,318 34.24% 55 1.43%
1996 1,651 48.89% 1,349 39.95% 377 11.16%
1992 1,683 44.14% 1,703 44.66% 427 11.20%
1988 2,179 55.66% 1,705 43.55% 31 0.79%
1984 2,349 59.56% 1,575 39.93% 20 0.51%
1980 2,013 54.30% 1,628 43.92% 66 1.78%
1976 1,356 41.52% 1,877 57.47% 33 1.01%
1972 1,896 58.55% 1,308 40.40% 34 1.05%
1968 1,566 51.41% 1,001 32.86% 479 15.73%
1964 1,277 39.27% 1,967 60.49% 8 0.25%
1960 2,146 58.02% 1,553 41.98% 0 0.00%
1956 2,412 54.35% 2,014 45.38% 12 0.27%
1952 2,176 53.90% 1,848 45.78% 13 0.32%
1948 1,640 48.68% 1,683 49.96% 46 1.37%
1944 2,306 57.48% 1,694 42.22% 12 0.30%
1940 2,206 54.55% 1,826 45.15% 12 0.30%
1936 1,777 50.34% 1,748 49.52% 5 0.14%
1932 1,729 46.35% 1,985 53.22% 16 0.43%
1928 2,314 66.92% 1,144 33.08% 0 0.00%
1924 1,450 53.15% 1,262 46.26% 16 0.59%
1920 1,809 55.51% 1,442 44.25% 8 0.25%
1916 1,107 50.97% 1,046 48.16% 19 0.87%
1912 482 23.89% 887 43.95% 649 32.16%


Metcalfe County lies at the northwestern end of the Unionist bloc of counties that covered the eastern Pennyroyal and the Pottsville Escarpment of the Eastern Coalfield. Metcalfe itself was strongly Unionist during the Civil War,[12] and has been Republican for almost all the period since Reconstruction, though not to the same overwhelming extent as the counties to its east and south: Jimmy Carter even obtained 57 percent of the vote in 1976, and four other Democrats have narrowly carried the county since 1880 – although, as with all of rural Appalachia, the county has become overwhelmingly Republican in the twenty-first century due to views on environmental, social and cultural issues increasingly at odds with the national Democratic party.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  2. ^ E., Kleber, John; Kentucky, University Press of; Policy, Institute for Regional Analysis and Public; Library, Camden-Carroll; University, Morehead State (2000). "The Kentucky Encyclopedia". www.kyenc.org. Retrieved July 4, 2018. {{cite web}}: |last3= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 36.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  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. ^ Cohn, Nate; ‘Demographic Shift: Southern Whites’ Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats’, New York Times, April 24, 2014

Coordinates: 36°59′N 85°38′W / 36.99°N 85.63°W / 36.99; -85.63