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Menifee County, Kentucky

Menifee County, Kentucky
Menifee County courthouse in Frenchburg
Map of Kentucky highlighting Menifee County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1869
Named for Richard H. Menefee
Seat Frenchburg
Largest city Frenchburg
 • Total 206 sq mi (534 km2)
 • Land 204 sq mi (528 km2)
 • Water 2.3 sq mi (6 km2), 1.1%
 • (2010) 6,306
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Menifee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,306,[1] making it the fifth-least populous county in Kentucky. Its county seat is Frenchburg.[2] The county is named for Richard Hickman Menefee, U.S. Congressman, although the spelling has changed.[3] It is a prohibition or dry county.

Menifee County is part of the Mount Sterling, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Lexington-Fayette-Richmond-Frankfort, KY Combined Statistical Area. It is located in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau.[4]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • National protected area 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Menifee County was formed on May 29, 1869, from portions of Powell, and Wolfe counties.[4][5]

In the 2008 Presidential Election Menifee County was one of eight in the state of Kentucky where the majority of voters voted for Barack Obama.[6]

On March 2, 2012 an F3 tornado hit Menifee county and several other surrounding counties.[7] Many were injured, 3 died.[8]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 206 square miles (530 km2), of which 204 square miles (530 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (1.1%) is water.[9]

Menifee County is mountainous and heavily forested. Much of the land is within Daniel Boone National Forest. Only about 10% of the county's land is in cultivated farms, and the county ranks 102nd of Kentucky's 120 counties in agricultural revenue.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 6,556 people, 2,537 households, and 1,900 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 per square mile (12/km2). There were 3,710 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (6.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.64% White, 1.37% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,537 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.40% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 22.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% 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 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,064, and the median income for a family was $26,325. Males had a median income of $25,670 versus $17,014 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,399. About 23.40% of families and 29.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.50% of those under age 18 and 23.40% of those age 65 or over.


See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36. 
  4. ^ a b c Bryant, Ron D. (1992). "Menifee County". In Kleber, John. Encyclopedia of Kentucky. p. 625. 
  5. ^ Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 601. 
  6. ^ Officials in 4 Appalachian counties proud their residents supported Obama Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov 6, 2008.
  7. ^ Deadly Tornado Cut 60-Mile Path In Eastern Kentucky The Associated Press, Mar 5, 2012.
  8. ^ [2] WAVE News, Mar 5, 2012.
  9. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Menifee County Website
  • Menifee County Schools
  • The Kentucky Highlands Project

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