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Harrison County, Kentucky

Harrison County, Kentucky
Harrison County Courthouse in Cynthian
Map of Kentucky highlighting Harrison County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1793
Named for Benjamin Harrison
Seat Cynthiana
Largest city Cynthiana
 • Total 310 sq mi (803 km2)
 • Land 306 sq mi (793 km2)
 • Water 3.5 sq mi (9 km2), 1.1%
 • (2010) 18,846
 • Density 62/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional districts 4th, 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .com/>fiscalcourt.harrisoncounty

Harrison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,846.[1] Its county seat is Cynthiana.[2] The county was founded in 1793 and named for Colonel Benjamin Harrison, an advocate for Kentucky statehood, framer of the Kentucky Constitution, and Kentucky legislator.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Unincorporated communities 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6


Harrison County was formed on December 21, 1793 from portions of Stephen G. Burbridge and his 2,400 cavalry and mounted infantry attacked him the next morning, driving the outnumbered Confederates from the town and freeing the prisoners.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 310 square miles (800 km2), of which 306 square miles (790 km2) is land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) (1.1%) is water.[6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 17,983 people, 7,012 households, and 5,062 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 per square mile (22/km2). There were 7,660 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (9.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.65% White, 2.52% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,012 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 24.00% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,210, and the median income for a family was $42,065. Males had a median income of $31,045 versus $23,268 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,478. About 9.40% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.80% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.



Unincorporated communities

  • Boyd
  • Breckinridge
  • Broadwell
  • Buena Vista
  • Colville
  • Connersville
  • Hooktown
  • Lair
  • Lees Lick
  • Leesburg
  • Kelat
  • Morningglory
  • Oddville
  • Poindexter
  • Ruddels Mills
  • Rutland
  • Shadynook
  • Shawhan
  • Sunrise

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Harrison County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. p. 26. 
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 132. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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