Hancock County, Kentucky

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Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1829. As of 2000, the population was 8,392. It is included in the Owensboro, Kentucky, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Hawesville[1]. The county is named for John Hancock. Hancock is a prohibition or dry county.



Hancock County is part of the Western Coal Fields region of Kentucky. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 199 square miles (515 km2), of which 189 square miles (490 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,392 people, 3,215 households, and 2,436 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 per square mile (17 /km2). There were 3,600 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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