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Ballard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentuckymarker. It was formed in 1842. As of 2000, the population is 8,286. Its county seat is Wickliffe, Kentuckymarker . The county is named for Captain Bland Ballard, a member of the Kentucky General Assembly. Ballard is a prohibition or dry county.

Ballard County is part of the Paducahmarker, KY-ILmarker Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of , of which is land and is water.

Adjacent counties


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,286 people, 3,395 households, and 2,413 families residing in the county. The population density was . There were 3,837 housing units at an average density of . The racial makeup of the county was 95.32% White, 2.87% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 3,395 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.85.

The age distribution was 23.10% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,130, and the median income for a family was $41,386. Males had a median income of $32,345 versus $20,902 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,035. About 10.70% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.30% of those under age 18 and 15.40% of those age 65 or over.

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Famous Residents

Larry Kelley, past Ballard County Attorney and influential local politician.

Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve

Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve is a nature preserve located in Ballard County, in the Barlow Bottoms. The preserve is part of the Axe Lake Swamp wetlands complex which supports at least eight rare plant and animal species. The site has been recognized as a priority wetland in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. <<A href="" target="_blank"> Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve web site URL accessed on 08/20/2006.

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