Trigg County
The old Trigg County courthouse in Cadiz, Kentucky. It was torn down in 2008 to make way for a new courthouse, which is already completed.
The old Trigg County courthouse in Cadiz, Kentucky. It was torn down in 2008 to make way for a new courthouse, which is already completed.
Map of Kentucky highlighting Trigg 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°49′N 87°53′W / 36.81°N 87.88°W / 36.81; -87.88
Country United States
State Kentucky
Founded1820
Named forStephen Trigg
SeatCadiz
Largest cityCadiz
Area
 • Total481 sq mi (1,250 km2)
 • Land441 sq mi (1,140 km2)
 • Water40 sq mi (100 km2)  8.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total14,061 Decrease
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.triggcounty.ky.gov

Trigg County is a county located on the far southwestern border of the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,339.[1] Its county seat is Cadiz.[2] Formed in 1820, the county was named for Stephen Trigg, an officer in the American Revolutionary War who was killed at the Battle of Blue Licks, now in Robertson County, Kentucky.[3][4] It was a victory for British and allied troops.

Following the Prohibition era, Trigg continued as a prohibition or dry county until 2009. That year the county's voters narrowly approved a referendum to repeal the prohibition on alcohol sales for off-premises consumption.[5]

Trigg County is part of the Clarksville, TN–KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Trigg County is governed by a Fiscal Court, which is led by a Judge-Executive. The current Judge-Executive is Hollis Alexander (a Republican). Alexander was appointed to the position by the governor in 2013 after Stanley H. Humphries, former officeholder, was elected to the Kentucky State Senate from District 1.

History

Trigg County was formed in 1820 from portions of Christian County and Caldwell counties, as its population had increased.

Trigg County was named in honor of Lt. Col. Stephen Trigg, of Virginia. Trigg had settled near Harrodsburg, Kentucky; during the American Revolutionary War, he served as an officer for the rebels and was killed on August 19, 1782, in the Battle of Blue Licks.[6]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 481 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 441 square miles (1,140 km2) is land and 40 square miles (100 km2) (8.3%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18305,916
18407,71630.4%
185010,12931.3%
186011,0519.1%
187013,68623.8%
188014,4895.9%
189013,902−4.1%
190014,0731.2%
191014,5393.3%
192014,208−2.3%
193012,531−11.8%
194012,7842.0%
19509,683−24.3%
19608,870−8.4%
19708,620−2.8%
19809,3848.9%
199010,36110.4%
200012,59721.6%
201014,33913.8%
202014,061−1.9%
2021 (est.)14,1920.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2021[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 12,597 people, 5,215 households, and 3,765 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 per square mile (11/km2). There were 6,698 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (5.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.34% White, 9.79% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,215 households, out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.90% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,002, and the median income for a family was $40,886. Males had a median income of $31,158 versus $22,081 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,184. About 8.80% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 14.70% of those age 65 or over.

Media

Radio stations

Newspapers

The Cadiz Record

Communities

City

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Politics

United States presidential election results for Trigg County, Kentucky[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 5,487 74.39% 1,791 24.28% 98 1.33%
2016 4,931 73.04% 1,587 23.51% 233 3.45%
2012 4,520 67.04% 2,115 31.37% 107 1.59%
2008 4,189 64.18% 2,246 34.41% 92 1.41%
2004 4,023 65.83% 2,046 33.48% 42 0.69%
2000 3,130 58.57% 2,110 39.48% 104 1.95%
1996 1,975 44.14% 2,087 46.65% 412 9.21%
1992 1,820 37.49% 2,438 50.22% 597 12.30%
1988 2,427 54.74% 1,991 44.90% 16 0.36%
1984 2,512 56.63% 1,905 42.94% 19 0.43%
1980 1,913 41.54% 2,619 56.87% 73 1.59%
1976 991 26.46% 2,727 72.82% 27 0.72%
1972 1,767 52.95% 1,514 45.37% 56 1.68%
1968 1,100 30.38% 1,330 36.73% 1,191 32.89%
1964 912 24.56% 2,790 75.12% 12 0.32%
1960 1,500 38.35% 2,411 61.65% 0 0.00%
1956 1,329 34.47% 2,517 65.29% 9 0.23%
1952 1,134 30.44% 2,585 69.40% 6 0.16%
1948 816 23.55% 2,485 71.72% 164 4.73%
1944 1,332 34.53% 2,511 65.10% 14 0.36%
1940 1,494 34.05% 2,883 65.70% 11 0.25%
1936 1,521 34.04% 2,928 65.53% 19 0.43%
1932 1,452 28.59% 3,611 71.11% 15 0.30%
1928 2,346 53.52% 2,031 46.34% 6 0.14%
1924 2,130 44.36% 2,625 54.66% 47 0.98%
1920 2,420 43.62% 3,056 55.08% 72 1.30%
1916 1,533 46.05% 1,722 51.73% 74 2.22%
1912 1,322 46.42% 1,263 44.35% 263 9.23%


Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 22, 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. 37.
  4. ^ "Trigg County". Kyenc.org. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Marlowe, Edward (March 8, 2012). "Trigg's numbers show varying results". The Murray State News. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Perrin, William Henry (1884). Counties of Christian and Trigg, Kentucky : historical and biographical. F.A. Battey Publishing Company. p. part II, p. 29.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 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 6, 2018.

Coordinates: 36°49′N 87°53′W / 36.81°N 87.88°W / 36.81; -87.88