Rockcastle County, Kentucky

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Rockcastle County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 16,582. Its county seat is Mt. Vernon[1]. The county is named for the Rockcastle River which runs through it. The river, in turn, is named for its majestic rock cliffs.

Rockcastle County is part of the RichmondBerea Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 318 square miles (824 km2), of which 318 square miles (824 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,582 people, 6,544 households, and 4,764 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 per square mile (20 /km2). There were 7,353 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (8.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.81% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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