Taylor County, Kentucky

Taylor County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2020 census, the population was 26,023.[1] Its county seat is Campbellsville.[2] Settled by people from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina after the American Revolutionary War, the county was organized in 1848 in the Highland Rim region. It is named for United States Army General Zachary Taylor, later President of the United States.[3] Taylor County was the 100th of the 120 counties created by Kentucky. The Campbellsville Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Taylor County.

Taylor County
Entrance to Clay Hill, located along Kentucky Route 289.
Entrance to Clay Hill, located along Kentucky Route 289.
Map of Kentucky highlighting Taylor County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°22′N 85°20′W / 37.37°N 85.33°W / 37.37; -85.33
Country United States
State Kentucky
Founded1848
SeatCampbellsville
Largest cityCampbellsville
Area
 • Total277 sq mi (720 km2)
 • Land266 sq mi (690 km2)
 • Water10 sq mi (30 km2)  3.8%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total26,023
 • Estimate 
(2021)
26,235 Increase
 • Density94/sq mi (36/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.taylorcounty.us

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 277 square miles (720 km2), of which 266 square miles (690 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (3.8%) is water.[4]

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18507,251
18607,4813.2%
18708,22610.0%
18809,25912.6%
18909,3531.0%
190011,07518.4%
191011,9618.0%
192012,2362.3%
193012,047−1.5%
194013,55612.5%
195014,4036.2%
196016,28513.1%
197017,1385.2%
198021,17823.6%
199021,146−0.2%
200022,9278.4%
201024,5126.9%
202026,0236.2%
2021 (est.)26,235[5]0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,927 people, 9,233 households, and 6,555 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 per square mile (33/km2). There were 10,180 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.62% White, 5.06% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,233 households, out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.40% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,089, and the median income for a family was $33,854. Males had a median income of $26,633 versus $20,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,162. About 14.20% of families and 17.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.70% of those under age 18 and 18.30% of those age 65 or over.

CommunitiesEdit

PoliticsEdit

Taylor County is represented in the Kentucky House of Representatives by Republican John "Bam" Carney and in the state Senate by another Republican, Max Wise. In 2019, Republican Barry Smith took office as county judge. Smith unseated the Democrat Eddie Rogers in the general election held on November 6, 2018.

United States presidential election results for Taylor County, Kentucky[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 9,376 74.91% 2,963 23.67% 178 1.42%
2016 8,320 73.59% 2,553 22.58% 433 3.83%
2012 7,551 68.96% 3,285 30.00% 114 1.04%
2008 7,568 69.69% 3,165 29.14% 127 1.17%
2004 7,247 70.39% 2,979 28.94% 69 0.67%
2000 6,151 67.96% 2,790 30.83% 110 1.22%
1996 4,573 54.87% 2,897 34.76% 865 10.38%
1992 4,319 48.42% 3,518 39.44% 1,083 12.14%
1988 5,362 64.76% 2,879 34.77% 39 0.47%
1984 5,932 64.16% 3,286 35.54% 27 0.29%
1980 4,243 54.62% 3,400 43.77% 125 1.61%
1976 3,337 48.60% 3,456 50.33% 73 1.06%
1972 4,035 67.79% 1,859 31.23% 58 0.97%
1968 3,032 50.88% 1,367 22.94% 1,560 26.18%
1964 2,594 45.44% 3,082 53.98% 33 0.58%
1960 4,669 68.11% 2,186 31.89% 0 0.00%
1956 3,892 61.37% 2,433 38.36% 17 0.27%
1952 3,126 55.90% 2,439 43.62% 27 0.48%
1948 2,087 44.79% 2,415 51.82% 158 3.39%
1944 2,622 51.05% 2,475 48.19% 39 0.76%
1940 2,792 49.80% 2,790 49.77% 24 0.43%
1936 2,738 49.87% 2,732 49.76% 20 0.36%
1932 2,592 47.52% 2,823 51.76% 39 0.72%
1928 3,149 65.05% 1,684 34.79% 8 0.17%
1924 2,267 52.09% 2,052 47.15% 33 0.76%
1920 2,493 50.90% 2,380 48.59% 25 0.51%
1916 1,332 49.04% 1,360 50.07% 24 0.88%
1912 468 18.86% 1,150 46.35% 863 34.78%


EducationEdit

School districts include:[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 37.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org.
  11. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Taylor County, KY" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2022. - Text list - For more detailed boundaries of the independent school districts see: "Appendix B: Maps Of Independent School Districts In Operation In FY 2014-FY 2015 Using 2005 Tax District Boundaries – Campbellsville ISD" (PDF). Research Report No. 415 – Kentucky's Independent School Districts: A Primer. Frankfort, KY: Office of Education Accountability, Legislative Research Commission. September 15, 2015. p. 96 (PDF p. 110/174).

Coordinates: 37°22′N 85°20′W / 37.37°N 85.33°W / 37.37; -85.33