Lyon County
Lyon County Courthouse in Eddyville, Kentucky.
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°03′32″N 88°06′49″W / 37.058964°N 88.113643°W / 37.058964; -88.113643
Country United States
State Kentucky
Founded1854
Named forChittenden Lyon
SeatEddyville
Largest cityEddyville
Area
 • Total257 sq mi (670 km2)
 • Land214 sq mi (550 km2)
 • Water43 sq mi (110 km2)  17%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total8,680 Increase
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.lyoncountyky.com

Lyon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,314.[1] Its county seat is Eddyville.[2] The county was formed from Caldwell County, Kentucky in 1854 and named for former Congressman Chittenden Lyon.[3][4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 257 square miles (670 km2), of which 214 square miles (550 km2) is land and 43 square miles (110 km2) (17%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18605,307
18706,23317.4%
18806,7688.6%
18907,62812.7%
19009,31922.2%
19109,4231.1%
19208,795−6.7%
19308,530−3.0%
19409,0676.3%
19506,853−24.4%
19605,924−13.6%
19705,562−6.1%
19806,49016.7%
19906,6242.1%
20008,08022.0%
20108,3142.9%
20208,6804.4%
2021 (est.)8,8035.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2021[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 8,080 people, 2,898 households, and 2,043 families living in the county. The population density was 38 per square mile (15/km2). There were 4,189 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.86% White, 6.72% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The largest ancestry groups in Lyon County, Kentucky according to the census[10] of 2000 are:

There were 2,898 households, out of which 25.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 26.80% 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 2.26 and the average family size was 2.70.

The age distribution was 15.80% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 32.90% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 133.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 138.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,694, and the median income for a family was $39,940. Males had a median income of $36,034 versus $21,806 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,016. About 10.20% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.30% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Notable residents

Politics

United States presidential election results for Lyon County, Kentucky[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,100 73.32% 1,092 25.83% 36 0.85%
2016 2,789 70.39% 1,045 26.38% 128 3.23%
2012 2,412 62.83% 1,373 35.76% 54 1.41%
2008 2,220 57.59% 1,577 40.91% 58 1.50%
2004 2,132 54.32% 1,769 45.07% 24 0.61%
2000 1,688 49.36% 1,680 49.12% 52 1.52%
1996 999 34.03% 1,641 55.89% 296 10.08%
1992 820 30.34% 1,583 58.56% 300 11.10%
1988 1,077 44.47% 1,337 55.20% 8 0.33%
1984 969 42.97% 1,272 56.41% 14 0.62%
1980 968 38.31% 1,496 59.20% 63 2.49%
1976 585 26.34% 1,606 72.31% 30 1.35%
1972 1,030 58.52% 687 39.03% 43 2.44%
1968 579 29.88% 719 37.10% 640 33.02%
1964 583 29.06% 1,412 70.39% 11 0.55%
1960 1,024 42.61% 1,379 57.39% 0 0.00%
1956 989 39.01% 1,527 60.24% 19 0.75%
1952 746 34.57% 1,404 65.06% 8 0.37%
1948 582 26.18% 1,505 67.70% 136 6.12%
1944 924 34.53% 1,743 65.13% 9 0.34%
1940 921 31.57% 1,979 67.84% 17 0.58%
1936 929 33.19% 1,861 66.49% 9 0.32%
1932 873 29.31% 2,099 70.46% 7 0.23%
1928 1,215 48.39% 1,286 51.21% 10 0.40%
1924 993 36.33% 1,696 62.06% 44 1.61%
1920 1,275 38.85% 1,968 59.96% 39 1.19%
1916 748 38.16% 1,191 60.77% 21 1.07%
1912 568 31.98% 996 56.08% 212 11.94%


See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  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. 36.
  4. ^ Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 489.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 4, 2018.

Coordinates: 37°03′32″N 88°06′49″W / 37.058964°N 88.113643°W / 37.058964; -88.113643