Powell County
Powell County courthouse in Stanton
Powell County courthouse in Stanton
Map of Kentucky highlighting Powell County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°50′N 83°50′W / 37.83°N 83.83°W / 37.83; -83.83
Country United States
State Kentucky
Founded1852
Named forLazarus W. Powell
SeatStanton
Area
 • Total180 sq mi (500 km2)
 • Land179 sq mi (460 km2)
 • Water1.1 sq mi (3 km2)  0.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total13,129 Increase
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district6th
Websitepowellcountyky.us

Powell County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,613.[1] Its county seat is Stanton.[2] The county was formed January 7, 1852, by Kentucky Governor Lazarus W. Powell from parts of Clark, Estill, and Montgomery counties.[3] It is no longer a dry county as of 2018.

Powell County is home to Natural Bridge State Resort Park and the Red River Gorge Geologic Area, two of Kentucky's most important natural areas and ecotourism destinations, as well as Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 180 square miles (470 km2), of which 179 square miles (460 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.6%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Government

The Powell County courthouse is located at 525 Washington St in Stanton.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18602,257
18702,59915.2%
18803,63940.0%
18904,69829.1%
19006,44337.1%
19106,268−2.7%
19206,7457.6%
19305,800−14.0%
19407,67132.3%
19506,812−11.2%
19606,674−2.0%
19707,70415.4%
198011,10144.1%
199011,6865.3%
200013,23713.3%
201012,613−4.7%
202013,1294.1%
2021 (est.)13,1330.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2021[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 13,237 people, 5,044 households, and 3,783 families residing in the county. The population density was 74 per square mile (29/km2). There were 5,526 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.56% White, 0.62% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 0.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,044 households, out of which 36.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 12.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.00% were non-families. 21.80% 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 2.60 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.60% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,515, and the median income for a family was $30,483. Males had a median income of $26,962 versus $18,810 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,060. About 18.90% of families and 23.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.00% of those under age 18 and 20.00% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

In recent federal elections, Powell County has been reliably Republican.

United States presidential election results for Powell County, Kentucky[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,041 73.41% 1,367 24.83% 97 1.76%
2016 3,513 70.87% 1,272 25.66% 172 3.47%
2012 2,766 61.73% 1,620 36.15% 95 2.12%
2008 2,837 57.06% 2,065 41.53% 70 1.41%
2004 2,687 54.17% 2,249 45.34% 24 0.48%
2000 2,258 51.77% 2,008 46.03% 96 2.20%
1996 1,526 36.00% 2,156 50.86% 557 13.14%
1992 1,809 35.89% 2,323 46.08% 909 18.03%
1988 2,128 49.98% 2,113 49.62% 17 0.40%
1984 2,269 58.83% 1,575 40.83% 13 0.34%
1980 1,716 45.55% 2,006 53.25% 45 1.19%
1976 1,148 37.90% 1,859 61.37% 22 0.73%
1972 1,766 58.40% 1,230 40.67% 28 0.93%
1968 1,157 42.57% 934 34.36% 627 23.07%
1964 993 37.83% 1,622 61.79% 10 0.38%
1960 1,508 57.34% 1,122 42.66% 0 0.00%
1956 1,339 49.87% 1,343 50.02% 3 0.11%
1952 992 44.83% 1,218 55.04% 3 0.14%
1948 719 41.51% 975 56.29% 38 2.19%
1944 902 46.71% 1,023 52.98% 6 0.31%
1940 989 43.57% 1,266 55.77% 15 0.66%
1936 998 45.43% 1,185 53.94% 14 0.64%
1932 826 38.69% 1,300 60.89% 9 0.42%
1928 1,160 61.31% 732 38.69% 0 0.00%
1924 724 42.87% 939 55.60% 26 1.54%
1920 835 44.32% 1,038 55.10% 11 0.58%
1916 587 43.68% 757 56.32% 0 0.00%
1912 381 31.83% 647 54.05% 169 14.12%


Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Powell County is home to Natural Bridge State Resort Park. The park is abundant with Native American relics, shelters, and burial grounds. The main attraction is the bridge itself, a natural arch with more than 15 million pounds (6,800 t) of rock in suspension. It is 30 feet (9.1 m) wide at the top and 85 feet (26 m) at the base; one of the more than 70 natural arches located in the area.[11]

Communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. 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. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  11. ^ Powell, Robert (1989). Kentucky Counties. Lexington, KY: Kentucky Images. pp. 52–53.

Coordinates: 37°50′N 83°50′W / 37.83°N 83.83°W / 37.83; -83.83