Campbell County, Kentucky

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Campbell County
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The Campbell County Courthouse in Newport
Map of Kentucky highlighting Campbell County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
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Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°57′N84°23′W / 38.95°N 84.38°W / 38.95; -84.38
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Kentucky.svg  Kentucky
FoundedDecember 17, 1794
Named for John Campbell
Seat Alexandria and Newport
Largest city Fort Thomas
Area
  Total159 sq mi (410 km2)
  Land151 sq mi (390 km2)
  Water8.1 sq mi (21 km2)  5.1%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2018)
93,152
  Density612/sq mi (236/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 4th
Website www.campbellcountyky.org

Campbell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 90,336. [1] Its county seats are Alexandria and Newport. [2] The county was formed on December 17, 1794, from sections of Scott, Harrison, and Mason Counties [3] [4] and was named for Colonel John Campbell (1735–1799), a Revolutionary War soldier and Kentucky legislator.

Contents

Campbell County, with Boone and Kenton Counties, is part of the Northern Kentucky metro community, and the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Campbell County was founded December 17, 1794, two years after the creation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, becoming the state's 19th county. Campbell County was carved out of Scott, Harrison and Mason counties. [5] The original county included all of present Boone, Kenton, Pendleton, and most of Bracken and Grant counties. Campbell County is named in honor of John Campbell, [6] an Irish immigrant who was a soldier, explorer, statesman and one of the drafters of the Kentucky Constitution.

The first courthouse, built of logs, was replaced in 1815 by a brick structure. The present courthouse dates from 1884. [7]

County seat

Wilmington, a pioneer settlement, was the original county seat of Campbell County from 1794 until 1797. The original justices in the Campbell County Court were John Roberts, Thomas Kennedy, Samuel Bryan, John Cook, James Little, Robert Benham and John Bush. Newport was designated as the county seat until 1823, when it was moved to Visalia, at that time closer to the geographical center of the county. This was an unpopular action, however, as the overwhelming majority of residents lived in the north, along the Ohio River. The county court returned to Newport in 1824 and remained there until 1840.

In 1840, Kenton County was created, primarily out of a significant portion of Campbell. The Kentucky General Assembly forced the county to move its seat to Alexandria, closer to the center of the new, smaller Campbell County. In 1883, after years of lobbying, the General Assembly established a special provision to allow Newport to designate a Court House District separate from the offices in Alexandria.

The special Courthouse Commission legislation led to the misconception that the county was dual seated, but Alexandria remained the sole de jure county seat. [8] It was not until November 24, 2010, that a court ruling granted Newport equal status as a county seat. [2]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 159 square miles (410 km2), of which 151 square miles (390 km2) is land and 8.1 square miles (21 km2) (5.1%) is water. [9] It is the fourth-smallest county in Kentucky by land area and fifth-smallest by total area. It lies along the Ohio and Licking Rivers.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1800 1,903
1810 3,47382.5%
1820 7,022102.2%
1830 9,88340.7%
1840 5,214−47.2%
1850 13,127151.8%
1860 20,90959.3%
1870 27,40631.1%
1880 37,44036.6%
1890 44,20818.1%
1900 54,22322.7%
1910 59,3699.5%
1920 61,8684.2%
1930 73,39118.6%
1940 71,918−2.0%
1950 76,1965.9%
1960 86,80313.9%
1970 88,7042.2%
1980 83,317−6.1%
1990 83,8660.7%
2000 88,6165.7%
2010 90,3361.9%
Est. 201893,152 [10] 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [11]
1790-1960 [12] 1900-1990 [13]
1990-2000 [14] 2010-2013 [1] 2017 [15]

As of the census [16] of 2000, there were 88,616 people, 34,742 households, and 23,103 families residing in the county. The population density was 585 per square mile (226/km2). There were 36,898 housing units at an average density of 244 per square mile (94/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.64% White, 1.57% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race. This number has decreased to about 0.2% based on a 2006 Census Estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

There were 34,742 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.30% were married couples living together, 12.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% 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 3.09.

The age distribution was 25.60% under 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,903, and the median income for a family was $51,481. Males had a median income of $37,931 versus $27,646 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,637. About 7.30% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education

There are 8 school districts in Campbell County (7 Public and 1 Private). However, the Southgate Independent School District has but one PreK-8th school in it. Students in the county attend one of 6 public and 2 parochial high schools. Northern Kentucky University located in Highland Heights provides the area with access to higher education.

Public high schools

former

Private high schools

Communities

Campbell County Courthouse and county historical marker in Alexandria, Kentucky Campbell county Kentucky courthouse 2.jpg
Campbell County Courthouse and county historical marker in Alexandria, Kentucky

Cities

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Politics

Politically, Campbell County is very Republican. In presidential elections it has only voted Democratic once since 1948. [18]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 58.9%25,05034.5% 14,6586.6% 2,802
2012 60.3%24,24037.5% 15,0802.1% 857
2008 59.7%24,04638.8% 15,6221.6% 629
2004 63.6%25,54035.5% 14,2531.0% 382
2000 61.5%20,78935.6% 12,0403.0% 1,000
1996 53.3%16,64038.3% 11,9578.4% 2,619
1992 49.9%16,38232.5% 10,67317.6% 5,785
1988 66.6%19,38732.8% 9,5530.6% 164
1984 70.0%21,47329.6% 9,0680.5% 138
1980 57.3%16,74337.9% 11,0594.8% 1,406
1976 54.8%15,79843.1% 12,4232.1% 600
1972 68.0%20,02529.2% 8,5852.8% 835
1968 48.5%13,68134.6% 9,74716.9% 4,775
1964 43.2% 12,20956.7%16,0120.2% 43
1960 54.2%17,38845.8% 14,6900.0% 0
1956 63.8%18,61735.5% 10,3590.7% 195
1952 57.6%17,70542.3% 12,9760.1% 35
1948 46.3% 11,85150.8%13,0082.9% 744
1944 51.2%13,64748.6% 12,9590.2% 64
1940 50.0%14,91649.6% 14,8010.4% 103
1936 34.2% 10,32755.6%16,78010.2% 3,089
1932 38.6% 11,66558.9%17,7762.5% 767
1928 54.3%17,31745.5% 14,5080.3% 95
1924 49.4%12,32922.3% 5,56428.3% 7,043
1920 50.9%12,21044.2% 10,5974.9% 1,169
1916 41.9% 5,69653.6%7,2904.5% 609
1912 20.9% 2,27643.0%4,68736.1% 3,937

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Coordinates: 38°57′N84°23′W / 38.95°N 84.38°W / 38.95; -84.38