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Shelby County, Kentucky
Shelby county kentucky courthouse.jpg
Former Shelby County courthouse in Shelbyville
Seal of Shelby County, Kentucky
Seal
Map of Kentucky highlighting Shelby County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1792
Named for Isaac Shelby
Seat Shelbyville
Largest city Shelbyville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

386 sq mi (1,000 km²)
380 sq mi (984 km²)
6.0 sq mi (16 km²), 1.6
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

48,065 increase
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.shelbycountykentucky.com

Shelby County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Its county seat is Shelbyville.[1] The county was founded in 1792[2] and named for Isaac Shelby, the first Governor of Kentucky.[3] Shelby County is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. Shelby County's motto is "Good Land, Good Living, Good People". The County Judge/Executive is Dan Ison.

History[]

Shelby County was established in 1792 from land given by Jefferson County.[4]

Founding families[]

One of the earliest families to settle in Shelby County was that of Daniel Ketcham of Washington County, Maryland. Ketcham, who arrived in 1784, had been a soldier in the American Revolution. He had 9 children. His oldest, John Ketcham, moved to Indiana, become involved in politics, and laid the groundwork for the creation of Indiana University.

Another early settler was Thomas Mitchell, who also moved to Shelby County in 1784. Mitchell was born on December 16, 1777, in Augusta County, Virginia. He married Rebecca Ketcham, daughter of Daniel Ketcham, and settled near the headwaters of South Fork Clear Creek (or Mulberry Creek). Mitchell was commissioned an ensign in the 18th Regiment of Militia and on January 4, 1801, Governor James Garrard became a captain in the 18th Regiment. Mitchell was a minister of the Methodist Church and served in the War of 1812.[5]

Sale of alcohol[]

Shelby County was historically a prohibition or completely dry county, but the city of Shelbyville is now wet (i.e., allows retail alcohol sales), and the county has voted wet and now allows package sales (7 days a week) and restaurants outside Shelbyville to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink if they seat at least 100 patrons and derive at least 70% of their total sales from food. Today, Shelby County is officially classified by the Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control as a wet county.[6]

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 386 square miles (1,000 km2), of which 380 square miles (980 km2) is land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) (1.6%) is water.[7] Jeptha Knob at 1,188 feet (362 m) is the highest point in the Louisville area. Guist Creek Lake and Marina offers 325 acres of fishing.[8]

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

  • I-64
  • US 60
  • US 421
  • [[Template:Infobox road/KY/link KY|Template:Infobox road/KY/abbrev KY]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/KY/link KY|Template:Infobox road/KY/abbrev KY]]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 8,191
1810 14,877 81.6%
1820 21,047 41.5%
1830 19,030 −9.6%
1840 17,768 −6.6%
1850 17,095 −3.8%
1860 16,433 −3.9%
1870 15,733 −4.3%
1880 16,813 6.9%
1890 16,521 −1.7%
1900 18,340 11.0%
1910 18,041 −1.6%
1920 18,532 2.7%
1930 17,679 −4.6%
1940 17,759 0.5%
1950 17,912 0.9%
1960 18,493 3.2%
1970 18,999 2.7%
1980 23,328 22.8%
1990 24,824 6.4%
2000 33,337 34.3%
2010 42,074 26.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2020[13]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 33,337 people, 12,104 households, and 9,126 families residing in the county. The population density was 87 per square mile (34 /km2). There were 12,857 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.61% White, 8.83% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 2.39% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. 4.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,104 households, out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.00.

The age distribution was 25.20% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 31.40% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,534, and the median income for a family was $52,764. Males had a median income of $35,484 versus $25,492 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,195. About 6.50% of families and 9.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.70% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

Education[]

Shelby County Public Library[]

The Shelby County Public Library, built in 1903, is one of few Carnegie libraries still functioning as a public library in Kentucky. Pamela W. Federspiel is the Executive Director.[15]

Shelby County Public Schools[]

Shelby County Public Schools has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. James Neihof is the Superintendent of Schools.[16]

Schools located in Shelby County include:

Elementary Schools

  • Clear Creek Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Marnel C. Moorman School
  • Painted Stone Elementary School
  • Simpsonville Elementary School
  • Southside Elementary School
  • Wright Elementary School

Middle Schools

  • Marnel C. Moorman School
  • Shelby County East Middle School
  • Shelby County West Middle School

High Schools:

  • Martha Layne Collins High School
  • Shelby County High School

Communities[]

  • Bagdad
  • Chestnut Grove
  • Christianburg
  • Clark
  • Clay Village
  • Cropper
  • Finchville
  • Harrisonville
  • Hemp Ridge
  • Mt. Eden
  • Mulberry
  • Olive Branch
  • Peytona
  • Pleasureville
  • Shelbyville (county seat)
  • Simpsonville
  • Southville
  • Todds Point
  • Waddy

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Shelby County, Kentucky[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 15,055 63.93% 8,077 34.30% 418 1.77%
2016 13,196 64.12% 6,276 30.50% 1,108 5.38%
2012 11,790 63.17% 6,634 35.55% 239 1.28%
2008 11,451 61.76% 6,871 37.06% 218 1.18%
2004 10,909 66.87% 5,277 32.35% 127 0.78%
2000 8,068 63.34% 4,435 34.82% 235 1.84%
1996 5,307 49.32% 4,629 43.02% 825 7.67%
1992 4,550 43.56% 4,398 42.11% 1,497 14.33%
1988 4,998 56.34% 3,834 43.22% 39 0.44%
1984 5,390 61.68% 3,326 38.06% 23 0.26%
1980 3,423 42.22% 4,429 54.63% 256 3.16%
1976 2,916 42.59% 3,841 56.10% 90 1.31%
1972 3,893 64.19% 2,074 34.20% 98 1.62%
1968 2,287 37.78% 2,579 42.60% 1,188 19.62%
1964 1,384 21.85% 4,933 77.89% 16 0.25%
1960 2,934 43.43% 3,822 56.57% 0 0.00%
1956 2,768 40.71% 4,017 59.08% 14 0.21%
1952 2,474 37.70% 4,076 62.12% 12 0.18%
1948 1,626 28.14% 3,840 66.46% 312 5.40%
1944 1,997 30.98% 4,415 68.49% 34 0.53%
1940 1,861 27.77% 4,823 71.96% 18 0.27%
1936 1,898 30.05% 4,384 69.40% 35 0.55%
1932 2,108 28.78% 5,180 70.72% 37 0.51%
1928 3,933 54.89% 3,232 45.11% 0 0.00%
1924 2,966 41.60% 4,092 57.39% 72 1.01%
1920 3,402 38.32% 5,446 61.34% 31 0.35%
1916 1,863 38.78% 2,919 60.76% 22 0.46%
1912 1,129 26.58% 2,487 58.55% 632 14.88%
1908 1,823 39.57% 2,742 59.52% 42 0.91%
1904 1,638 37.50% 2,657 60.83% 73 1.67%
1900 1,975 41.41% 2,794 58.59% 0 0.00%
1896 2,029 42.92% 2,524 53.40% 174 3.68%
1892 1,169 33.66% 2,122 61.10% 182 5.24%
1888 1,436 38.95% 2,219 60.18% 32 0.87%
1884 1,228 37.69% 1,983 60.87% 47 1.44%
1880 1,039 34.46% 1,849 61.33% 127 4.21%



See also[]

  • Wet county
  • Louisville–Elizabethtown–Scottsburg, KY–IN Combined Statistical Area
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Shelby County, Kentucky
  • Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

Resources[]

  • "Excerpts from the Executive Journal of Governor James Garrod," Kentucky Historical Society Register, vol. 32, p. 133.
  • Woodfill, Gabriel, "A Preacher of the Gospel," Marriage Bonds of Shelby County - 1792–1800, Kentucky Marriage Records: From the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Baltimore 1983, p. 693.
  • Willis, George L. Sr., History of Shelby County Kentucky, Shelbyville 1929, p. 115.

References[]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  2. ^ E., Kleber, John; Kentucky, University Press of; Policy, Institute for Regional Analysis and Public; Library, Camden-Carroll; University, Morehead State (7 April 2018). "The Kentucky Encyclopedia". http://www.kyenc.org/entry/s/SHELB04.html. 
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 37. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_luoxAQAAMAAJ. 
  4. ^ Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. pp. 26. https://books.google.com/books?id=gZFQAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA26. 
  5. ^ "MITCHELL FAMILY HISTORY in Virginia and Kentucky". Iamonia.tripod.com. 1904-07-20. http://iamonia.tripod.com/famtree/taylor/mitchell.htm. 
  6. ^ "Wet & Dry Counties in Kentucky". Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control. http://www.abc.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/CD61AB96-C190-431C-A681-B92BAC935D8B/0/Wetdrylist012009.pdf. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ Welcome to Shelby County Kentucky, Shelby County Kentucky Website
  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. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21211.html. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  15. ^ "Our Story". https://scplibrary.net/about-shelby-county-library/. 
  16. ^ "Archived copy". http://www.shelby.kyschools.us/images/PDF/Neihof_philosophy_2011.pdf. 
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 38°13′N 85°11′W / 38.22, -85.19


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