Meade County, Kentucky

Meade County, Kentucky
Meade County, Kentucky
Meade County, Kentucky courthouse.jpg
Meade County courthouse in Brandenburg, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Meade County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1824
Named for James Meade, killed at the Battle of River Raisin.
Seat Brandenburg
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

324.22 sq mi (840 km²)
308.51 sq mi (799 km²)
15.71 sq mi (41 km²), 4.85%
 - (2000)
 - Density

85/sq mi (33/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Meade County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 26,349. Its county seat is Brandenburg.[1] Meade County is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is named for Captain James M. Meade of the 17th U.S. Infantry Regiment, who was killed in action at the Battle of River Raisin during the War of 1812. All 56 miles (90 km) of the county's northern border face the Ohio River.



View of the Ohio River in Meade County

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 324.22 square miles (839.7 km2), of which 308.51 square miles (799.0 km2) (or 95.15%) is land and 15.71 square miles (40.7 km2) (or 4.85%) is water.[2]

Outdoor Attractions


The Regional planning group One Knox considers the largest road projects needed to support the growth from the BRAC realignment at Fort Knox to include extending Kentucky Route 313 to US 60 in Meade County and then into Brandenburg creating a corridor between Radcliff and Elizabethtown running parallel to U.S. Route 31W, and building a new extension from Bullion Boulevard in Fort Knox to KY 313 in Radcliff. The group estimates that buying the right of way for the KY 313 project to Brandenburg would cost nearly $30 million. The realignment at Fort Knox is projected to bring thousands of workers and jobs, along with millions of dollars into the regions economy.

Adjacent counties


The Meade County Bank in Muldraugh resembles the U.S. Gold Bullion Depository's exterior design at Fort Knox
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 4,131
1840 5,780 39.9%
1850 7,393 27.9%
1860 8,898 20.4%
1870 9,485 6.6%
1880 10,323 8.8%
1890 9,484 −8.1%
1900 10,533 11.1%
1910 9,783 −7.1%
1920 9,442 −3.5%
1930 8,042 −14.8%
1940 8,827 9.8%
1950 9,422 6.7%
1960 18,938 101.0%
1970 18,796 −0.7%
1980 22,854 21.6%
1990 24,170 5.8%
2000 26,349 9.0%
Est. 2007 27,270 3.5%
Meade County, Kentucky census figures

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 26,349 people, 9,470 households, and 7,396 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 per square mile (33 /km2). There were 10,293 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.37% White, 4.13% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 2.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,470 households out of which 42.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.10% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 18.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.80% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 32.70% from 25 to 44, 20.30% from 45 to 64, and 8.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,966, and the median income for a family was $40,592. Males had a median income of $30,835 versus $22,038 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,000. About 9.30% of families and 11.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.80% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns and census-designated places

  • Guston
  • Muldraugh (small portion in Hardin County)
  • Payneville
  • Rhodelia

See also


External links

Coordinates: 37°59′N 86°13′W / 37.98°N 86.22°W / 37.98; -86.22

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