LaRue County, Kentucky

LaRue County, Kentucky

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LaRue County is a county located in the U.S. state
U.S. state
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 of Kentucky
Kentucky
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a state located in the East Central United States of America. As classified by the United States Census Bureau, Kentucky is a Southern state, more specifically in the East South Central region. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth...

. It is included in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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...

, Metropolitan Statistical Area
Elizabethtown metropolitan area
The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of two counties in Kentucky, anchored by the city of Elizabethtown...

. As of 2000, the population was 13,373. Its county seat
County seat
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 is Hodgenville
Hodgenville, Kentucky
Hodgenville is a city in and the county seat of LaRue County, Kentucky, United States. It sits along the North Fork of the Nolin River. The population was 2,874 at the 2000 census...

. LaRue is a prohibition or dry county
Dry county
A dry county is a county in the United States whose government forbids the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some prohibit off-premises sale, some prohibit on-premises sale, and some prohibit both. Hundreds of dry counties exist across the United States, almost all of them in the South...

..

Geography


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 263.72 square miles (683 km²), of which 263.2 square miles (681.7 km²) (or 99.80%) is land and 0.53 square miles (1.4 km²) (or 0.20%) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • Nelson County
    Nelson County, Kentucky
    Nelson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2010, the population was 43,437. Its county seat is Bardstown. The county is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.- History :...

      (northeast)
  • Marion County
    Marion County, Kentucky
    As of the census of 2000, there were 18,212 people, 6,613 households, and 4,754 families residing in the county. The population density was . There were 7,277 housing units at an average density of...

      (east)
  • Taylor County
    Taylor County, Kentucky
    Taylor County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 22,927. Its county seat is Campbellsville. The county is named for President Zachary Taylor, who served from 1849 to 1850. Taylor is a moist county...

      (southeast)
  • Green County
    Green County, Kentucky
    Green County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1793. As of 2000, the population was 11,518. Its county seat is Greensburg. The county is named for Nathanael Greene...

      (south)
  • Hart County
    Hart County, Kentucky
    Hart County is a county located in the U.S. state — or, more correctly, "Commonwealth" — of Kentucky. It was formed in 1819. , the population was 17,445. Its county seat is Munfordville. The county is named for Captain Nathaniel G. S. Hart, a Kentucky militia officer in the War of 1812...

      (southwest)
  • Hardin County
    Hardin County, Kentucky
    As of the census of 2000, there were 94,174 people, 34,497 households, and 25,355 families residing in the county. The population density was . There were 37,673 housing units at an average density of...

      (northwest)

History


LaRue County was formed on March 4, 1843 from portions of Hardin County. It was named after John LaRue, an early settler in this area. It contains the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and...

.

Demographics


As of the census
Census
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of 2000, there were 13,373 people, 5,275 households, and 3,866 families residing in the county. The population density
Population density
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 was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 5,860 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.65% White
Race (United States Census)
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, 3.54% Black
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 or African American
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, 0.19% Native American
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, 0.16% Asian
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, 0.03% Pacific Islander
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, 0.34% from other races
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, and 1.10% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic
Race (United States Census)
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 or Latino
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 of any race.

There were 5,275 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,056, and the median income for a family was $37,786. Males had a median income of $30,907 versus $20,091 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the county was $15,865. 15.40% of the population and 12.60% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.90% are under the age of 18 and 16.40% are 65 or older.

Cities and towns

  • Athertonville
  • Buffalo
    Buffalo, Kentucky
    Buffalo is an unincorporated community in southern LaRue County, Kentucky, United States. It lies along Kentucky Route 61 south of the city of Hodgenville, the county seat of LaRue County. Its elevation is 748 feet , and it is located at COORDS...

  • Hodgenville
    Hodgenville, Kentucky
    Hodgenville is a city in and the county seat of LaRue County, Kentucky, United States. It sits along the North Fork of the Nolin River. The population was 2,874 at the 2000 census...

  • Lyons
  • Magnolia
  • Mount Sherman
    Mount Sherman, Kentucky
    Mount Sherman is an unincorporated community located in Larue County, Kentucky, United States. The zip code is: 42764.-Notes:Also, Tom Pitt is the mayor....

  • Tonieville
    Tonieville, Kentucky
    Tonieville is a small unincorporated town in LaRue County, Kentucky, United States, in the central part of the state. The community is part of the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area...

  • Upton
    Upton, Kentucky
    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 Hardin County
    Hardin County, Kentucky
    As of the census of 2000, there were 94,174 people, 34,497 households, and 25,355 families residing in the county. The population density was . There were 37,673 housing units at an average density of...

    )

Churches

  • LaRue Baptist Church, an Independent Baptist
    Independent Baptist
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     church
  • Victory Baptist Church
  • First Baptist Church of Hodgenville (mostly white congregation relocated from Downtown Hodgenville to near Lincoln Parkway on the edge of the city limits.)
  • First Baptist Church on Lincoln Blvd (mostly black congregation)
  • Buffalo Baptist Church
  • Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
  • Union Christian Church
  • Magnolia Baptist Church
  • Roanoake House of Prayer
  • Lane Lincoln Baptist Church
  • Athertonville Baptist Church
  • Oakhill Baptist Church

Lincoln Days


LaRue County is home to the annual Lincoln Days celebration, which takes place on the first full weekend of each October. The festival is Friday through Sunday. Highlights include the Lincoln Look-A-Like contests, rail-splitting competitions, a parade at noon on Saturday, shopping booths and concerts by local talent (mostly country
Country music
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, bluegrass
Bluegrass music
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 and Southern gospel
Southern Gospel
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).

See also



  • Dry county
    Dry county
    A dry county is a county in the United States whose government forbids the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some prohibit off-premises sale, some prohibit on-premises sale, and some prohibit both. Hundreds of dry counties exist across the United States, almost all of them in the South...

  • Louisville-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in LaRue County, Kentucky
    National Register of Historic Places listings in LaRue County, Kentucky
    This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in LaRue County, Kentucky.This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in LaRue County, Kentucky, United States...