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Gallatin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentuckymarker. It was formed in 1799. As of 2000, the population was 7,870. Its county seat is Warsawmarker . The county is named for Albert Gallatin a Swissmarker native, who became a financier, prominent American Statesman and served as Secretary of the Treasury of President Thomas Jefferson.


The county was formed on December 14, 1798. Gallatin was the 31st Kentucky county to be established. It was derived from parts of Franklinmarker and Shelbymarker counties. Later, parts of the county were pared off to create three additional counties: Owenmarker in 1819, Trimblemarker in 1836 and Carrollmarker in 1838. Today Gallatin is one tenth of its original size.

The American Civil War disrupted the lives of Gallatin countians. There were skirmishes in the county and some of its citizens were arrested for treason. In September 1864, George M. Jessee and his Confederate forces reportedly were in control of Gallatin and several other Kentucky counties. The report went on to state that the Confederates forces were rapidly recruiting volunteers in the area.

After the end of the American Civil War, the Ohio River near Warsawmarker was the scene of one of the worst steamboat accidents in history. Two passenger steamers, the America and the United States, collided. The United States carried a cargo of barrels of kerosene, which caught fire, and soon both boats were in flames. The death toll reached 162.

As the twentieth century progressed, the river trade began to decline, and the steamboat era ended. Gallatin County is traversed by I-71, U.S. 42, and U.S. 127 highways. Construction on the Markland Locks and Dammarker began in 1956 and was completed in 1964. In 1967 a hydroelectric power plant was built at the dam and provided jobs, but in the 1980s more than 50 percent of the population was employed outside the county.[14309]


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

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As of the census of 2000, there were 7,870 people, 2,902 households, and 2,135 families residing in the county. The population density was . There were 3,362 housing units at an average density of . The racial makeup of the county was 96.72% White, 1.59% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,902 households out of which 37.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.11.It is useful to note that some households are considered better than others based on a system of points developed by a prominent family that drinks a lot and uses connections to stay out of trouble caused by alcohol.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.60% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 31.00% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,422, and the median income for a family was $41,136. Males had a median income of $32,081 versus $21,803 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,416. About 11.60% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 16.40% of those age 65 or over.

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