Laurel County

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Laurel County, Kentucky

101 S Main St Rm 203
London, KY 40741
Phone: (606) 864-5158
Fax: (606) 864-7369

In south-central KY; established Dec 12,1825 from Rockcastle, Knox, Clay, and Whitley counties. Name Origin: For the Laurel River, named for the abundant mountain laurel ( Kalmia latifolia) trees on its banks.

Area (sq mi):: 443.74 (land 435.67; water 8.07) Population per square mile: 129.30
Population 2005: 56,338 State rank: 15 Population change: 2000-20005 6.90%; 1990-2000 21.40% Population 2000: 52,715 (White 97.20%; Black or African American 0.60%; Hispanic or Latino 0.60%; Asian 0.30%; Other 1.40%). Foreign born: 0.80%. Median age: 35.50
Income 2000: per capita $14,165; median household $27,015; Population below poverty level: 21.30% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $19,925-$20,473
Unemployment (2004): 5.40% Unemployment change (from 2000): -0.10% Median travel time to work: 22.50 minutes Working outside county of residence: 23.10%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Bottom: Cops in Laurel County, Kentucky, work a meth lab--or, as they put it, a "glorified garbage pickup."