Allen County
Allen County Courthouse in Scottsville
Allen County Courthouse in Scottsville
Map of Kentucky highlighting Allen 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°45′N 86°11′W / 36.75°N 86.19°W / 36.75; -86.19
Country United States
State Kentucky
Founded1815
Named forJohn Allen
SeatScottsville
Largest cityScottsville
Area
 • Total352 sq mi (910 km2)
 • Land344 sq mi (890 km2)
 • Water7.5 sq mi (19 km2)  2.1%
Population
 • Total20,588 Increase
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.allencountykentucky.com

Allen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,956.[1] Its county seat is Scottsville.[2] The county is named for Colonel John Allen, a state senator and soldier who was killed leading the 1st Regiment of Kentucky Rifleman at the Battle of Frenchtown, Michigan during the War of 1812.[3] Allen County practices the prohibition of alcohol and is a completely dry county. It was formed in 1815 from parts of Barren and Warren counties. Allen County is included in the Bowling Green, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Allen County was established in 1815 from land given by Barren and Warren counties. A courthouse fire in 1902 resulted in the loss of some county records.[4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 352 square miles (910 km2), of which 344 square miles (890 km2) is land and 7.5 square miles (19 km2) (2.1%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18205,327
18306,48521.7%
18407,32913.0%
18508,74219.3%
18609,1875.1%
187010,29612.1%
188012,08917.4%
189013,69213.3%
190014,6577.0%
191014,8821.5%
192016,76112.6%
193015,180−9.4%
194015,4962.1%
195013,787−11.0%
196012,269−11.0%
197012,5982.7%
198014,12812.1%
199014,6283.5%
200017,80021.7%
201019,95612.1%
202020,5883.2%
2021 (est.)20,7971.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2021[1] 2020[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 17,800 people, 6,910 households, and 5,113 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 per square mile (20/km2). There were 8,057 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (8.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.62% White, 1.07% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,910 households, out of which 34.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,238, and the median income for a family was $36,815. Males had a median income of $27,587 versus $22,659 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,506. About 13.20% of families and 17.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.40% of those under age 18 and 20.40% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Allen County, like most of Kentucky, is increasingly solidly Republican, although it was like those counties to its east in Appalachia never a part of the "Solid South". The last Democrat to carry the county in a Presidential election was Woodrow Wilson in 1912, although a number of other elections have given Democrat majorities as recently as the 1999 gubernatorial election.[12]

Voter Registration

Allen County Voter Registration & Party Enrollment as of November 17, 2015[13]
Political Party Total Voters Percentage
Republican 8,336 59.20%
Democratic 4,799 34.08%
Others 720 5.11%
Independent 205 1.46%
Libertarian 13 0.09%
Green 6 0.04%
Total 14,081 100%

Statewide Elections

United States presidential election results for Allen County, Kentucky[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 7,587 81.02% 1,642 17.54% 135 1.44%
2016 6,466 79.87% 1,349 16.66% 281 3.47%
2012 5,184 73.01% 1,808 25.46% 108 1.52%
2008 5,258 71.15% 2,024 27.39% 108 1.46%
2004 5,202 72.62% 1,923 26.85% 38 0.53%
2000 4,415 68.67% 1,950 30.33% 64 1.00%
1996 3,032 57.97% 1,781 34.05% 417 7.97%
1992 2,747 50.73% 2,040 37.67% 628 11.60%
1988 3,342 67.89% 1,573 31.95% 8 0.16%
1984 3,427 69.04% 1,521 30.64% 16 0.32%
1980 3,186 60.36% 2,010 38.08% 82 1.55%
1976 2,508 52.49% 2,231 46.69% 39 0.82%
1972 3,025 69.83% 1,259 29.06% 48 1.11%
1968 2,952 61.63% 927 19.35% 911 19.02%
1964 2,309 53.18% 2,023 46.59% 10 0.23%
1960 3,410 67.22% 1,663 32.78% 0 0.00%
1956 3,200 61.62% 1,975 38.03% 18 0.35%
1952 2,946 62.45% 1,750 37.10% 21 0.45%
1948 2,280 55.81% 1,605 39.29% 200 4.90%
1944 3,120 63.86% 1,742 35.65% 24 0.49%
1940 3,232 61.11% 2,036 38.49% 21 0.40%
1936 3,070 55.77% 2,422 44.00% 13 0.24%
1932 3,219 50.55% 3,116 48.93% 33 0.52%
1928 4,253 73.14% 1,562 26.86% 0 0.00%
1924 3,132 56.52% 2,373 42.83% 36 0.65%
1920 3,476 60.24% 2,255 39.08% 39 0.68%
1916 2,147 56.03% 1,647 42.98% 38 0.99%
1912 1,186 35.67% 1,366 41.08% 773 23.25%


Previous gubernatorial elections results
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2019 67.13% 3,564 31.06% 1,649 1.81% 96
2015 69.00% 2,344 28.76% 977 2.24% 76
2011 53.21% 1,540 42.19% 1,221 4.60% 133
2007 51.79% 1,955 48.21% 1,820 0.00% 0
2003 64.99% 2,202 35.01% 1,186 0.00% 0
1999 28.68% 339 62.69% 741 8.63% 102
1995 57.95% 1,829 42.05% 1,327 0.00% 0

Communities

Notable residents

See also

Coordinates: 36°45′N 86°11′W / 36.75°N 86.19°W / 36.75; -86.19

References

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  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 34.
  4. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 187. ISBN 9780916489496. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
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  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  10. ^ "QuickFacts. Allen County, Kentucky". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; "How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century"; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 26, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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