Pendleton County
Pendleton County courthouse in Falmouth
Pendleton County courthouse in Falmouth
Map of Kentucky highlighting Pendleton 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°41′N 84°22′W / 38.69°N 84.36°W / 38.69; -84.36
Country United States
State Kentucky
Founded1798
Named forEdmund Pendleton
SeatFalmouth
Largest cityFalmouth
Area
 • Total282 sq mi (730 km2)
 • Land277 sq mi (720 km2)
 • Water4.8 sq mi (12 km2)  1.7%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total14,644 Decrease
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitependletoncounty.ky.gov

Pendleton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,877.[1] Its county seat is Falmouth.[2] The county was founded December 13, 1798.[3] Pendleton County is included in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Pendleton County was created from parts of Campbell and Bracken counties in 1798.[4] The county was named after Edmund Pendleton, a longtime member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, the Continental Congress and chief justice of Virginia.[5][6]

Falmouth, the future county seat, began as a settlement called Forks of Licking, c. 1776.[7]

Falmouth was chartered in 1793. Its name originated from the Virginians who settled there from Falmouth, Virginia.[8] It was also in 1793 that one of the first sawmills in Kentucky was built in Falmouth.[7] Falmouth was designated the county seat in 1799.[9] The county courthouse was erected in 1848.[7]

During the American Civil War, the county sent men to both armies. A Union Army recruiting camp was established in Falmouth in September 1861. Two Confederate recruiters were captured and executed by the Union Army in the Peach Grove area of northern Pendleton County. In July 1862, a number of county citizens were rounded up by Union troops during a crackdown against suspected Confederate sympathizers. In June 1863, a number of women were arrested at Demossville because they were believed to be potential spies dangerous to the Federal government. Falmouth was the site of a small skirmish on September 18, 1862, between twenty-eight Confederates and eleven Home Guardsmen.

The city of Butler was established c. 1852 when the Kentucky Central Railroad was built through the area. The city was named for William O. Butler, U.S. congressman from the area, when it was incorporated on February 1, 1868.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 282 square miles (730 km2), of which 277 square miles (720 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.7%) is water.[10] The county's northeastern border with Ohio is formed by the Ohio River.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18001,613
18103,06189.8%
18203,0860.8%
18303,86325.2%
18404,45515.3%
18506,77452.1%
186010,44354.2%
187014,03034.3%
188016,70219.0%
189016,346−2.1%
190014,947−8.6%
191011,985−19.8%
192011,719−2.2%
193010,876−7.2%
194010,392−4.5%
19509,610−7.5%
19609,9683.7%
19709,949−0.2%
198010,98910.5%
199012,0369.5%
200014,39019.6%
201014,8773.4%
202014,644−1.6%
2021 (est.)14,607−0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2021[1]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 14,390 people, 5,170 households, and 3,970 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 per square mile (20/km2). There were 5,756 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (7.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.39% White, 0.49% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,170 households, out of which 39.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.20% were non-families. 20.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 28.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $42,589. Males had a median income of $31,885 versus $23,234 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,551. About 9.80% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.80% of those under age 18 and 11.60% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Pendleton County High School, just north of Falmouth, is the public high school. It currently is home to fewer than 1,000 students. The mascot for PCHS is the Wildcat, and the school colors are red, black and white. The school features two gyms and a 450-seat auditorium.

Other schools in the county are Sharp Middle School, named for Phillip Allen Sharp, American geneticist and molecular biologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1993) and National Medal of Science (2004), located between Falmouth and Butler, Northern Elementary in Butler, and Southern Elementary in Falmouth.

Library

Pendleton County Public Library is located at 801 Robbins Avenue, Falmouth. The library provides public access computers with high speed internet and free wifi. The library also offers copying, a fax service, and a public meeting room that can be reserved.

Politics

United States presidential election results for Pendleton County, Kentucky[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 5,515 79.64% 1,322 19.09% 88 1.27%
2016 4,604 76.64% 1,164 19.38% 239 3.98%
2012 3,556 64.26% 1,859 33.59% 119 2.15%
2008 3,676 63.36% 2,027 34.94% 99 1.71%
2004 4,045 67.14% 1,940 32.20% 40 0.66%
2000 3,044 63.38% 1,670 34.77% 89 1.85%
1996 2,177 47.20% 1,926 41.76% 509 11.04%
1992 1,810 38.77% 1,740 37.27% 1,119 23.97%
1988 2,487 60.79% 1,576 38.52% 28 0.68%
1984 2,767 63.76% 1,529 35.23% 44 1.01%
1980 1,757 45.45% 1,992 51.53% 117 3.03%
1976 1,230 35.89% 2,147 62.65% 50 1.46%
1972 1,966 67.28% 909 31.11% 47 1.61%
1968 1,614 45.68% 1,156 32.72% 763 21.60%
1964 1,313 34.42% 2,495 65.40% 7 0.18%
1960 2,387 61.46% 1,497 38.54% 0 0.00%
1956 2,273 54.46% 1,889 45.26% 12 0.29%
1952 1,993 51.21% 1,895 48.69% 4 0.10%
1948 1,373 40.18% 1,958 57.30% 86 2.52%
1944 1,977 48.34% 2,096 51.25% 17 0.42%
1940 2,029 48.22% 2,165 51.45% 14 0.33%
1936 1,837 42.61% 2,432 56.41% 42 0.97%
1932 1,812 39.22% 2,745 59.42% 63 1.36%
1928 3,196 67.03% 1,567 32.86% 5 0.10%
1924 2,148 49.71% 2,028 46.93% 145 3.36%
1920 2,105 44.30% 2,598 54.67% 49 1.03%
1916 1,206 40.57% 1,728 58.12% 39 1.31%
1912 746 29.83% 1,310 52.38% 445 17.79%


Culture

Pendleton County is home to The Kentucky Wool Festival, Griffin Center Amphitheater, and Kincaid Regional Theatre.

Communities

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. ^ "PENDLETON COUNTY". kyenc.org.
  4. ^ Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. p. 26.
  5. ^ "Neighborhood History: Pendleton County". mypendleton.com. Archived from the original on February 16, 2006.
  6. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 36.
  7. ^ a b c Hellmann, 248.
  8. ^ Lewis Collins, Historical Sketches of Kentucky, (Maysville, KY: Lewis Collins, 1848): 494.
  9. ^ "Find A County". National Association of Counties (NACo). Archived from the original on August 4, 2010.
  10. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  15. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 5, 2018.

Coordinates: 38°41′N 84°22′W / 38.69°N 84.36°W / 38.69; -84.36