Jessamine County, Kentucky

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Jessamine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is within the Inner Blue Grass region, which was the center of farming and blooded stock raising, including thoroughbred horses. It was formed in 1799. As of 2000, the population was 39,041. The 2008 population estimate was 46,716. Its county seat is Nicholasville.[1] Jessamine County is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a "moist county", where alcohol sales are prohibited (a dry county), but that contains a "wet" city, in this case Nicholasville, where package alcohol sales are allowed. The Chrisman Mill Vineyards is also authorized to operate and sell its product in the dry portion of the county.[2]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 174 square miles (451 km2), of which 173 square miles (448 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 39,041 people, 13,867 households, and 10,663 families residing in the county. The population density was 226 per square mile (87 /km2). There were 14,646 housing units at an average density of 85 per square mile (33 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.44% White, 3.13% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 1.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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