Ballard County, Kentucky

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Ballard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1842. As of 2000, the population is 8,286. Its county seat is Wickliffe, Kentucky[1]. The county is named for Captain Bland Ballard, a member of the Kentucky General Assembly. Ballard is a prohibition or dry county.

Ballard County is part of the Paducah, KY-IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 274 square miles (710 km2), of which 251 square miles (650 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) is water.

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Ballard County was formed on February 15, 1852 from portions of Hickman County and McCracken County. It was named for Bland Ballard (1761–1853), a Kentucky pioneer and army officer who had served as a scout for General George Rogers Clark during the American Revolutionary War. On February 17, 1880, the courthouse was destroyed by a fire, which also destroyed most of the country's records.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 8,286 people, 3,395 households, and 2,413 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 per square mile (13 /km2). There were 3,837 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (5.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.32% White, 2.87% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

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