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Oldham County, Kentucky

US county information
NameOldham County
StateKentucky
SeatLa Grange
US Area
Total Area196.54 sq mi (509 km2)
Land Area189.19 sq mi (490 km2)
Water Area7.36 sq mi (19.1 km2)
Population Est.60316 (2010)
Density94.2/km2 (244/sq mi)
Named forWilliam Oldham (1753 1791), American Revolutionary War colonel.
Time zoneEastern
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4: -5/-4

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Oldham County is a county located in the commonwealth of Kentucky. The population was 60,316 in the 2010 Census. Its county seat is La Grange. The county is named for Colonel William Oldham. Oldham County was a prohibition or completely dry county until January 2005 as the result of a 2004 'moist' vote, permitting sales of alcohol in restaurants that seat at least 100 patrons in which 70%+ of total revenue is derived from sales of food. It is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Oldham County is the wealthiest county in Kentucky and 48th wealthiest county in the U.S. and ranks second highest in Kentucky for percent of college educated residences. While the causes for this are complicated, areas east of Louisville have long been popular with wealthy residents, first as summer residences eventually as year-round suburban estates and bedroom communities. Oldham County lies northeast of the best known of these areas, Anchorage, just outside of Louisville's East End, and is a location of choice for Louisvillians who can afford it.


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