As of the census
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of 2000, there were 94,174 people, 34,497 households, and 25,355 families residing in the county. The population density
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was 150 /sqmi. There were 37,673 housing units at an average density of 60 /sqmi. The racial makeup of the county was 81.99% White, 11.87% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 1.35% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.35% of the population.
There were 34,497 households out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples
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living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 31.50% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 102.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,744, and the median income for a family was $43,610. Males had a median income of $30,743 versus $22,688 for females. The per capita income
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for the county was $17,487. About 8.20% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.
Elizabethtown is a city in and the county seat of Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 28,531 at the 2010 census, making it the eleventh-largest city in the state...
Muldraugh is a city in Hardin and Meade Counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It lies on U.S. Route 31W, approximately halfway between Louisville and Elizabethtown. The city's limits are completely encompassed by the Fort Knox Army base...
- mostly in Meade County
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,349 people, 9,470 households, and 7,396 families residing in the county. The population density was . There were 10,293 housing units at an average density of...
Radcliff is a city in Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 21,961 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area....
Sonora is a city in Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 350 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Sonora is located at ....
Upton is a city in Hardin and LaRue counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The population was 654 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Upton is located at ....
- partly in LaRue County
LaRue County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is included in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 13,373. Its county seat is Hodgenville...
Vine Grove is a city in Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 4,169 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Vine Grove is located at ....
West Point is a city in Hardin County, Kentucky, United States, near the edge of Fort Knox military reservation on Dixie Highway. It is located in a former meander bend of the Ohio River...
Note: Census-designated places are unincorporated
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- Fort Knox
Fort Knox is a United States Army post in Kentucky south of Louisville and north of Elizabethtown. The base covers parts of Bullitt, Hardin, and Meade counties. It currently holds the Army Human Resources Center of Excellence to include the Army Human Resources Command, United States Army Cadet...
- a military base (partly in Meade County)
- Big Spring
- Blue Ball
Cecilia is an unincorporated community in Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. It is located approximately west of Elizabethtown, the county seat...
- Dever Hollow
Glendale is an unincorporated community in Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. It is included in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area.Glendale is host to the annual Glendale Crossing Festival on the third Saturday of October...
Rineyville is an unincorporated community in Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. It is located 5 miles northwest of Elizabethtown, with a population of about 4,000 people. There is no formal town government; elected county officials oversee roads, grounds and law enforcement. The Paducah and...
The economy of Hardin County is largely dominated by the adjacent Fort Knox Military Installation.
The Army Human Resource Center
, the largest construction project in the history of Fort Knox, began in November 2007. It’s a $185 million, three-story, 880000 square feet (81,754.7 m²) complex, sitting on 104 acre (0.42087344 km²). As many as 2,100 new permanent human resources, information technology, and administrative white-collar civilian professionals will be working there.
Officials expect that as many as 12,000 people, including the families of soldiers and civilian workers to relocate to the area as a result of the Fort Knox realignment.
Approximately $1 billion in federal and state construction funds are scheduled for Fort Knox, and in the surrounding areas by the end of 2011.
Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky announced the creation of a task force to help Hardin County, and the surrounding counties prepare for the Fort Knox realignment. The group is “designed to meet specific needs” in areas such as transportation, economic development, education, water and sewer availability, and area wide planning.
Hardin County is classified by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control as a "limited dry county
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". As with all counties so classified, the retail sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption is prohibited countywide. The word "limited" means that at least one city within the county has voted to allow alcohol sales in qualifying restaurants. In the case of Hardin County, both Elizabethtown and Radcliff have voted to allow such sales in restaurants that seat at least 100 and derive at least 70% of their revenue from food (including non-alcoholic beverages).
The formal government structure of Hardin County consists of a Fiscal Court along with six incorporated cities. Elizabethtown is the county seat. In 2010, the Hardin County Government, led by Hardin County Judge/Executive Harry Berry, commissioned a study entitled, "Hardin County Vision Project," in part to explore the benefits of consolidated government in the county. The growth of the area and the changes expected due to the realignment of Fort Knox led to the study. Hardin County United, a volunteer-led organization, was established to consider the findings of this project and develop recommendations for the future of government in the county.
Three public school districts operate in the county:
- The Hardin County Schools serve K-12 students in most of the county, with the exception of (most of) Elizabethtown, Fort Knox, West Point. The district operates seven elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools.
- The Elizabethtown Independent Schools serve students in most of the city of Elizabethtown; however, some areas are instead served by the Hardin County district. The district operates three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
- West Point Independent School District is an independent school district with a K-8 school serving the West Point area, which is cut off from the rest of Hardin County by Fort Knox. The West Point School District contracts with the Elizabethown Independent Schools in order for West Point's 9-12th grade students to attend Elizabethtown High School.
Five private schools also operate in the county, St. James Catholic School, Gloria Dei Lutheran School (LCMS), Elizabethtown Christian Academy, North Hardin Christian School, and Hardin Christian Academy.
The Department of Defense Education Activity
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, through its Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools subagency, operates eight schools on the Fort Knox base
for military dependents. DDESS has four elementary schools (grades K-3), two intermediate schools (4-6), one middle school (7-8), and one high school (9-12) on base.
A new $16-million Fort Knox High School
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, a two-story, state-of-the-art facility that united the existing vocational school with the current gymnasium, creating a connected campus was completed in 2008, with dedication on August 7, 2008. Most of the remaining parts of the old high school have already been demolished.
Elizabethtown is home to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
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, a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System
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- Louisville-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Hardin County, Kentucky
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