Nelson County, Kentucky

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Nelson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 37,477. In 2006 the population was estimated at 42,102. Its county seat is Bardstown[1]. The county is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The fourth county created in what is now Kentucky, it was formed from Jefferson County, Virginia, in 1784. The county is named for Thomas Nelson, Jr. a Virginia Governor who signed the Declaration of Independence. In 1808, another new Virginia county was named for Governor Nelson. (see Nelson County, Virginia).


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 424 square miles (1,098 km2), of which 423 square miles (1,096 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 37,477 people and 14,934 housing units in the county.[3] The population density was 89 per square mile (34 /km2). There were 14,934 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (14 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.84% White, 5.51% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

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