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Oldham County, Kentucky
Oldham county courthouse.jpg
Oldham County courthouse in La Grange
Seal of Oldham County, Kentucky
Seal
Map of Kentucky highlighting Oldham County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1823
Named for William Oldham (1753–1791), American Revolutionary War colonel
Seat La Grange
Largest city La Grange
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

196 sq mi (508 km²)
187 sq mi (484 km²)
9.2 sq mi (24 km²), 4.7
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

67,607 increase
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.oldhamcounty.net

Oldham County is a county located in the north central part of the U.S. state and commonwealth of Kentucky. As of the 2020 census, the population was 67,607.[1] Its county seat is La Grange.[2] The county is named for Colonel William Oldham. Oldham County was a prohibition or completely dry county until January 2005 as the result of a 2004 'moist' vote, permitting sales of alcohol in restaurants that seat at least 100 patrons in which 70%+ of total revenue is derived from sales of food. After a vote in late 2015; Oldham County has become a completely wet county.

Oldham County is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Oldham County is the wealthiest county in Kentucky[3] and 47th-wealthiest county in the U.S.[4] and ranks as the most educated county in Kentucky [5] While the causes for this are complicated, areas east of Louisville have long been popular with wealthy residents, initially as summer residences and eventually as year-round suburban estates and bedroom communities. Oldham County lies northeast of the best known of these areas, Anchorage, just outside Louisville's pre-merger East End.

History[]

Oldham County was established on December 15, 1823 from parts of Henry, Jefferson, and Shelby Counties.[6] It was the 74th Kentucky county, and was named in honor of Col. William Oldham of Jefferson County, a Revolutionary War officer.[7]

Initially, it was mainly a rural county with small, scattered developments in places like Westport which was founded in 1800 and served as the county seat early on. When the Louisville and Frankfort Railroad Company introduced rail lines in the area in the 1850s, many new towns and communities sprang up. Eventually the railroad ceased operating as a form of public transportation, but the more rural nature of the county continued to draw residents away from the metropolitan areas in Jefferson County. Since the early 1970s and the completion of Interstate 71, which connects Oldham County to Downtown Louisville and shopping in Eastern Jefferson County, Oldham County has increasingly become suburban in nature, a natural extension of Louisville's wealthy East End as it ran out of large tracts of undeveloped land.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 196 square miles (510 km2), of which 187 square miles (480 km2) are land and 9.2 square miles (24 km2) (4.7%) are covered by water.[8] It is the 13th-smallest county in Kentucky. The county's northern border with Indiana is formed by the Ohio River.

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Graph of Oldham County population over time

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 9,588
1840 7,380 −23.0%
1850 7,629 3.4%
1860 7,283 −4.5%
1870 9,027 23.9%
1880 7,667 −15.1%
1890 6,754 −11.9%
1900 7,078 4.8%
1910 7,248 2.4%
1920 7,689 6.1%
1930 7,402 −3.7%
1940 10,716 44.8%
1950 11,018 2.8%
1960 13,388 21.5%
1970 14,687 9.7%
1980 27,795 89.2%
1990 43,455 56.3%
2000 46,178 6.3%
2010 60,316 30.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2020[1]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 46,178 people, 14,856 households, and 12,196 families residing in the county. The population density was 244 per square mile (94 /km2). There were 15,541 housing units at an average density of 82 per square mile (32 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.62% White, 4.21% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,856 households, out of which 44.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.50% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.90% were non-families. 14.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.17.

The age distribution was 27.40% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 33.10% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 7.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $70,171 (2005), and the median income for a family was $70,495. Males had a median income of $46,962 versus $28,985 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,374. About 2.90% of families and 4.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.50% of those under age 18 and 6.00% of those age 65 or over. Oldham County is the most affluent county in the state of Kentucky; most residents work in Louisville and choose to live in Oldham County due to the lack of crime and the nationally recognized school system. North Oldham High School in particular, is ranked very highly among state high schools, having been named a national blue ribbon school of excellence, and ranked in the top 250 best schools in the nation through US Weekly. 2006 classes at Oldham County High School were reported as to have a teacher:student ratio of 1:15, but that number does not accurately reflect the ratio of a normal class. That number includes, for example, the small classes of five to six students in Behavioral Disorders. The published ratio also includes small classes at the County Career Center, which is located on the same campus. The actual teacher-student ratios are closer to 1:30. Regardless of population swelling and diminishing student-teacher ratios, which have led to a slight decline as of late, Oldham county is still widely recognized as the best public school system in the state.

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Crestwood
  • Goshen
  • La Grange (county seat)
  • Orchard Grass Hills
  • Pewee Valley
  • River Bluff

Census-designated places[]

  • Buckner
  • Westport

Other unincorporated places[]

  • Ballardsville
  • Brownsboro
  • Centerfield
  • Floydsburg
  • Park Lake
  • Prospect

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Oldham County, Kentucky[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 22,654 59.65% 14,505 38.20% 817 2.15%
2016 20,469 62.30% 10,268 31.25% 2,116 6.44%
2012 20,179 67.52% 9,240 30.92% 465 1.56%
2008 18,997 64.80% 10,000 34.11% 319 1.09%
2004 18,801 69.29% 8,080 29.78% 251 0.93%
2000 13,580 67.00% 6,236 30.77% 452 2.23%
1996 10,477 57.25% 6,202 33.89% 1,622 8.86%
1992 8,263 49.66% 5,457 32.80% 2,919 17.54%
1988 8,716 68.14% 4,025 31.46% 51 0.40%
1984 8,112 73.81% 2,857 25.99% 22 0.20%
1980 5,586 58.74% 3,487 36.67% 437 4.60%
1976 3,695 55.72% 2,819 42.51% 117 1.76%
1972 3,041 68.00% 1,311 29.32% 120 2.68%
1968 1,655 41.45% 1,399 35.04% 939 23.52%
1964 1,256 32.34% 2,622 67.51% 6 0.15%
1960 2,221 53.12% 1,960 46.88% 0 0.00%
1956 2,128 54.44% 1,769 45.25% 12 0.31%
1952 1,723 49.57% 1,735 49.91% 18 0.52%
1948 1,036 35.49% 1,703 58.34% 180 6.17%
1944 1,021 34.65% 1,908 64.74% 18 0.61%
1940 848 29.85% 1,983 69.80% 10 0.35%
1936 760 27.20% 2,020 72.30% 14 0.50%
1932 888 27.47% 2,319 71.73% 26 0.80%
1928 1,604 54.02% 1,359 45.77% 6 0.20%
1924 906 31.30% 1,954 67.50% 35 1.21%
1920 1,014 27.52% 2,655 72.07% 15 0.41%
1916 642 30.34% 1,455 68.76% 19 0.90%
1912 261 14.88% 1,159 66.08% 334 19.04%
1908 625 32.33% 1,259 65.13% 49 2.53%
1904 452 32.52% 882 63.45% 56 4.03%
1900 667 38.09% 1,062 60.65% 22 1.26%
1896 691 40.48% 946 55.42% 70 4.10%
1892 365 29.20% 783 62.64% 102 8.16%
1888 460 34.41% 826 61.78% 51 3.81%
1884 373 34.03% 677 61.77% 46 4.20%
1880 502 34.74% 901 62.35% 42 2.91%



Government[]

At the federal level, Oldham County overlaps two congressional districts in the House of Representatives, the third district, represented by Democrat John Yarmuth, and the fourth district, represented by Republican Thomas Massie.[15]

Notable people[]

  • D. W. Griffith, highly influential film director (The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance)
  • Kyra Elzy, women's collegiate basketball player and coach of Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball
  • Buddy Pepper, former songwriter, pianist, composer, arranger, and actor.
  • Knocked Loose, a hardcore band signed to Pure Noise Records
  • Justin Thomas, a Professional golfer
  • Dean Kiekhefer, MLB pitcher
  • Jon Rauch, MLB pitcher
  • Donta Smith, professional basketball player

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ a b "US Census Bureau QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/oldhamcountykentucky/PST045221. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ "Oldham County KY Data & Peer Group Rankings" (in en). https://kentucky.hometownlocator.com/ky/oldham/. 
  4. ^ "Wealthiest counties in the U.S." (in en). https://stacker.com/stories/1096/wealthiest-counties-us. 
  5. ^ "Most educated county in every state" (in en). https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/careers/most-educated-county-in-every-state/ss-BB18xbQY#image=18. 
  6. ^ "Oldham County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. http://www.kyenc.org/entry/o/OLDHA02.html. 
  7. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_luoxAQAAMAAJ. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_21.txt. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ky190090.txt. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  15. ^ "House.gov". Ziplook.house.gov. https://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/findrep_house?ZIP=40014. 

External links[]

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