Calloway County
Calloway County courthouse in Murray
Calloway County courthouse in Murray
Map of Kentucky highlighting Calloway 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°37′N 88°16′W / 36.62°N 88.27°W / 36.62; -88.27
Country United States
State Kentucky
FoundedNovember 3, 1822
Named forRichard Callaway
SeatMurray
Largest cityMurray
Area
 • Total411 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Land385 sq mi (1,000 km2)
 • Water26 sq mi (70 km2)  6.3%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total37,103 Decrease
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.callowaycounty-ky.gov

Calloway County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,191.[1] Its county seat is Murray.[2] The county was founded in November 1822 and named for Colonel Richard Callaway, one of the founders of Boonesborough.[3] Calloway County comprises the Murray, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area. As of July 18, 2012 Calloway County is a moist county: the sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited, with the exception of the city of Murray.

History

Calloway County was created in 1822 from land taken from Hickman County. The courthouse was built in 1823. A fire at the courthouse in 1906 caused the almost complete destruction of the county records.[4] Calloway county was named after Richard Callaway.[5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 385 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (6.3%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18305,164
18409,79489.7%
18508,096−17.3%
18609,91522.5%
18709,410−5.1%
188013,29541.3%
189014,67510.4%
190017,63320.2%
191019,86712.7%
192020,8024.7%
193017,662−15.1%
194019,0417.8%
195020,1475.8%
196020,9724.1%
197027,69232.0%
198030,0318.4%
199030,7352.3%
200034,17711.2%
201037,1918.8%
202037,103−0.2%
2021 (est.)37,5601.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2021[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 34,177 people, 13,862 households, and 8,594 families residing in the county. The population density was 88 per square mile (34/km2). There were 16,069 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.48% White, 3.56% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,862 households, out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.00% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.79.

The age distribution was 18.70% under the age of 18, 19.80% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. The relatively large 18-to-24 population is mostly due to the presence of Murray State University. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,134, and the median income for a family was $39,914. Males had a median income of $31,184 versus $22,046 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,566. About 9.80% of families and 16.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.70% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

United States presidential election results for Calloway County, Kentucky[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 11,352 65.03% 5,797 33.21% 308 1.76%
2016 10,367 64.60% 4,749 29.59% 933 5.81%
2012 9,440 62.63% 5,317 35.28% 315 2.09%
2008 8,991 58.37% 6,165 40.02% 248 1.61%
2004 9,293 61.36% 5,728 37.82% 124 0.82%
2000 7,705 56.35% 5,635 41.21% 333 2.44%
1996 4,989 43.14% 5,281 45.66% 1,296 11.21%
1992 4,654 36.53% 6,181 48.52% 1,905 14.95%
1988 6,225 53.91% 5,287 45.79% 34 0.29%
1984 6,442 55.94% 5,028 43.66% 45 0.39%
1980 4,498 37.60% 6,809 56.91% 657 5.49%
1976 3,171 27.56% 8,141 70.75% 195 1.69%
1972 5,167 59.17% 3,468 39.72% 97 1.11%
1968 2,672 30.78% 3,854 44.39% 2,156 24.83%
1964 1,576 17.74% 7,290 82.04% 20 0.23%
1960 3,356 41.69% 4,693 58.31% 0 0.00%
1956 2,292 27.09% 6,152 72.72% 16 0.19%
1952 1,829 25.14% 5,434 74.69% 12 0.16%
1948 681 11.82% 4,896 85.01% 182 3.16%
1944 1,121 18.60% 4,888 81.12% 17 0.28%
1940 896 13.38% 5,793 86.49% 9 0.13%
1936 939 14.51% 5,523 85.34% 10 0.15%
1932 813 11.32% 6,335 88.18% 36 0.50%
1928 1,557 31.13% 3,431 68.59% 14 0.28%
1924 936 19.17% 3,790 77.63% 156 3.20%
1920 1,520 24.19% 4,574 72.79% 190 3.02%
1916 1,026 22.73% 3,334 73.88% 153 3.39%
1912 628 17.49% 2,380 66.28% 583 16.24%


Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Place of interest

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Calloway County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 207. ISBN 9780916489496. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Murray, Kentucky History". www.explorekentuckylake.com. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved February 22, 2021.

Coordinates: 36°37′N 88°16′W / 36.62°N 88.27°W / 36.62; -88.27