Garrard County


Garrard County (play /ˈɡærɪd/ GAIR-id😉 is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1797 and was named for James Garrard, Governor of Kentucky from 1796 to 1804. Its county seat is Lancaster.[1] The population was 16,912 in the 2010 Census. It is a prohibition or dry county but Lancaster is wet.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 233.88 square miles (605.7 km2), of which 231.21 square miles (598.8 km2) (or 98.86%) is land and 2.67 square miles (6.9 km2) (or 1.14%) is water.[2]

Garrard County was formed on December 17, 1796 from sections of Lincoln County, Madison County and Mercer County. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, visited the Kennedy home in Garrard County while gathering material for her book. The cabin of Uncle Tom was behind the mansion.[3] County officials plan to recreate the cabin on the grounds of the Governor William Owsley House.[4]

In the United States Senate, Garrard County is represented by US Senator Mitch McConnell and US Senator Rand Paul. Garrard County is in the 6th Congressional District, represented by US Rep. Ben Chandler; in the 22nd State Senatorial District represented by State Senator Tom Buford and in the 36th State Legislative District represented by State Representative Lonnie Napier.

Garrard County is governed by the Garrard County Fiscal Court, composed of the [County Judge Executive], who is elected county wide, and five Magistrates who are elected in magisterial districts representing different geographic areas of the county. Each member of the Fiscal Court is elected to a four year term, pursuant to the Kentucky Constitution.

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 14,792 people, 5,741 households, and 4,334 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 per square mile (25 /km2). There were 6,414 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.75% White, 3.06% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,741 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.60% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.50% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.95.

By age, 24.40% of the population was under 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% were 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,284, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $30,989 versus $21,856 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,915. About 11.60% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.10% of those under age 18 and 17.00% of those age 65 or over.

All information courtesy Wikipedia.