Simpson County, Kentucky

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Simpson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 16,405. Its county seat is Franklin[1]. The county is named for Captain John Simpson, a Kentucky militia officer who fought in Battle of Fallen Timbers in the Northwest Indian War, and was killed in the Battle of River Raisin during the War of 1812.

It is a limited dry county; sales of alcoholic beverages are prohibited except by the drink in restaurants in the city of Franklin that seat at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of total revenues from food.[2]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 236 square miles (611 km2) all of which is land.

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Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 16,405 people, 6,415 households, and 4,638 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 per square mile (27 /km2). There were 7,016 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.84% White, 10.22% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 6,415 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.

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