Laurel County, Kentucky

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Laurel County is a county in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The population was 52,715 at the 2000 census. Its county seat is London.[1]

The London Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Laurel County.

Laurel County is a limited dry county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except in certain areas as voted on by the residents of the area. In the case of Laurel County, by-the-drink alcohol sales is permitted only in restaurants in the city of London seating at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of their total sales from food.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150 km2), of which 436 square miles (1,129 km2) is land and 8 square miles (21 km2) is water. Part of Laurel River Lake is in Laurel County.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 52,715 people, 20,353 households, and 15,366 families residing in the county. The population density was 121 per square mile (47 /km2). There were 22,317 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.66% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

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