Hart County, Kentucky

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Hart County, Kentucky
Hart County Courthouse Kentucky.jpg
Hart County Courthouse in Munfordville
Map of Kentucky highlighting Hart County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1819
Named for Nathaniel G. S. Hart
Seat Munfordville
Largest city Horse Cave
Area
 • Total 418 sq mi (1,083 km2)
 • Land 412 sq mi (1,067 km2)
 • Water 5.8 sq mi (15 km2), 1.4%
Population
 • ( 2010) 18,199
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/ -5
Website www.hartcountyky.org

Hart County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,199. [1] Its county seat is Munfordville. [2] Hart County is a prohibition or dry county.

History

Hart County was formed in 1819 from portions of Hardin and Barren counties. [3] The county is named for Captain Nathaniel G. S. Hart, a Kentucky militia officer in the War of 1812 who was wounded at the Battle of Frenchtown and died in the Massacre of the River Raisin. [4] [5]

The Battle of Munfordville, a Confederate victory, was fought in the county in 1862, during the American Civil War.

A courthouse fire in January, 1928 resulted in the loss of some county records. [6]

In 1989 the Amish settlement near Munfordville was founded. It has ties to the Geauga Amish settlement in Ohio, from where many of the Munfordville Amish came. It is the fastest growing Amish settlement in America and had 14 church districts and a total population of about 1,800 people as of 2013. [7] [8]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 418 square miles (1,080 km2), of which 412 square miles (1,070 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (1.4%) is water. [9]

Fauna

A female wolf shot in 2013 in Hart County by a hunter was the first gray wolf seen in Kentucky in modern times. [10]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

A portion of Mammoth Cave National Park and the cave for which it is named is located in western Hart County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,184
1830 5,191 24.1%
1840 7,031 35.4%
1850 9,093 29.3%
1860 10,348 13.8%
1870 13,687 32.3%
1880 17,133 25.2%
1890 16,439 −4.1%
1900 18,390 11.9%
1910 18,173 −1.2%
1920 18,544 2.0%
1930 16,169 −12.8%
1940 17,239 6.6%
1950 15,321 −11.1%
1960 14,119 −7.8%
1970 13,980 −1.0%
1980 15,402 10.2%
1990 14,890 −3.3%
2000 17,445 17.2%
2010 18,199 4.3%
Est. 2016 18,627 [11] 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census [12]
1790-1960 [13] 1900-1990 [14]
1990-2000 [15] 2010-2013 [1]

As of the census [16] of 2000, there were 17,445 people, 6,769 households, and 4,812 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 per square mile (16/km2). There were 8,045 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.58% White, 6.20% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,769 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,378, and the median income for a family was $31,746. Males had a median income of $26,994 versus $19,418 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,495. About 18.60% of families and 22.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.40% of those under age 18 and 22.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Politics

Presidential Elections Results [17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 73.2% 5,320 23.8% 1,730 3.0% 214
2012 64.3% 4,257 34.5% 2,283 1.2% 82
2008 64.5% 4,397 33.6% 2,290 1.9% 131
2004 62.9% 4,269 36.4% 2,470 0.7% 45
2000 61.9% 3,725 36.6% 2,201 1.6% 93
1996 46.9% 2,701 43.9% 2,527 9.2% 530
1992 41.0% 2,401 48.7% 2,852 10.3% 605
1988 53.5% 2,927 46.1% 2,519 0.4% 22
1984 57.1% 3,065 42.4% 2,278 0.5% 29
1980 50.4% 3,129 48.4% 3,005 1.1% 70
1976 38.4% 2,013 60.8% 3,189 0.8% 42
1972 60.3% 3,582 38.8% 2,307 0.8% 50
1968 51.4% 2,817 30.2% 1,658 18.4% 1,009
1964 37.0% 3,313 62.6% 1,961 0.4% 21
1960 53.6% 3,610 46.4% 3,129 0.0% 0
1956 50.4% 3,276 49.3% 3,207 0.4% 23
1952 49.7% 2,934 50.0% 2,952 0.3% 17
1948 46.9% 2,311 50.7% 2,495 2.4% 118
1944 48.9% 3,014 50.9% 3,138 0.2% 10
1940 46.6% 2,866 53.3% 3,280 0.2% 9
1936 48.3% 3,147 51.3% 3,341 0.4% 23
1932 39.2% 2,601 60.3% 4,008 0.5% 33
1928 59.7% 3,480 40.1% 2,339 0.2% 14
1924 48.1% 2,736 50.3% 2,862 1.6% 93
1920 51.7% 3,264 47.1% 2,972 1.2% 77
1916 49.1% 2,031 49.5% 2,048 1.4% 56
1912 16.0% 592 45.3% 1,674 38.7% 1,431

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