Henry County
Henry County courthouse in New Castle
Henry County courthouse in New Castle
Map of Kentucky highlighting Henry County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°28′N 85°07′W / 38.46°N 85.12°W / 38.46; -85.12
Country United States
State Kentucky
Founded1798
Named forPatrick Henry
SeatNew Castle
Largest cityEminence
Area
 • Total291 sq mi (750 km2)
 • Land286 sq mi (740 km2)
 • Water4.8 sq mi (12 km2)  1.7%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total15,678 Increase
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.henrycountygov.com

Henry County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky bordering the Kentucky River. Its county seat is New Castle, but its largest city is Eminence.[1] The county was founded in 1798 from portions of Shelby County.[2] It was named for the statesman and governor of Virginia Patrick Henry.[3][4]

Henry County is included in the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. Since the 1990s, it has become an increasingly important exurb, especially as land prices have become higher in neighboring Oldham County.

With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a wet county.[5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 291 square miles (750 km2), of which 286 square miles (740 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.7%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18003,258
18106,777108.0%
182010,81659.6%
183011,3875.3%
184010,015−12.0%
185011,44214.2%
186011,9494.4%
187011,066−7.4%
188014,49231.0%
189014,164−2.3%
190014,6203.2%
191013,716−6.2%
192013,411−2.2%
193012,564−6.3%
194012,220−2.7%
195011,394−6.8%
196010,987−3.6%
197010,910−0.7%
198012,74016.8%
199012,8230.7%
200015,06017.4%
201015,4162.4%
202015,6781.7%
2021 (est.)15,6571.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2021[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 15,060 people, 5,844 households, and 4,330 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 per square mile (20/km2). There were 6,381 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.97% White, 3.30% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.26% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 2.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,844 households, out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.97.

The age distribution was 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,263, and the median income for a family was $45,009. Males had a median income of $31,478 versus $21,982 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,846. About 10.40% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.50% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Notable residents

See also: List of people from the Louisville metropolitan area


Politics

United States presidential election results for Henry County, Kentucky[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 5,843 72.05% 2,142 26.41% 125 1.54%
2016 4,944 69.16% 1,828 25.57% 377 5.27%
2012 3,940 59.79% 2,530 38.39% 120 1.82%
2008 4,081 58.98% 2,725 39.38% 113 1.63%
2004 4,094 62.99% 2,366 36.41% 39 0.60%
2000 3,244 59.27% 2,117 38.68% 112 2.05%
1996 2,110 42.12% 2,324 46.39% 576 11.50%
1992 1,640 31.42% 2,838 54.38% 741 14.20%
1988 2,286 46.98% 2,544 52.28% 36 0.74%
1984 2,802 54.83% 2,279 44.60% 29 0.57%
1980 1,723 35.82% 2,999 62.35% 88 1.83%
1976 1,192 28.25% 2,985 70.73% 43 1.02%
1972 1,919 52.49% 1,688 46.17% 49 1.34%
1968 1,271 32.04% 1,978 49.86% 718 18.10%
1964 838 19.21% 3,521 80.70% 4 0.09%
1960 1,714 36.60% 2,969 63.40% 0 0.00%
1956 1,670 34.52% 3,157 65.25% 11 0.23%
1952 1,584 31.29% 3,468 68.51% 10 0.20%
1948 1,193 25.44% 3,398 72.47% 98 2.09%
1944 1,497 29.57% 3,548 70.08% 18 0.36%
1940 1,445 27.12% 3,862 72.47% 22 0.41%
1936 1,516 29.93% 3,545 69.99% 4 0.08%
1932 1,643 27.44% 4,303 71.87% 41 0.68%
1928 2,334 44.29% 2,929 55.58% 7 0.13%
1924 1,918 33.86% 3,706 65.43% 40 0.71%
1920 2,208 32.01% 4,640 67.28% 49 0.71%
1916 1,302 33.17% 2,595 66.11% 28 0.71%
1912 805 22.52% 2,274 63.61% 496 13.87%


See also

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  2. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 138. ISBN 0813126312. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Henry County". Kyenc.org. Archived from the original on July 17, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 155.
  5. ^ "Henry County Voters Approve Full Sale Of Alcohol". WLKY News. December 16, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 2, 2018.

Coordinates: 38°28′N 85°07′W / 38.46°N 85.12°W / 38.46; -85.12