Morgan County, Kentucky, was established in 1822 from Floyd and Bath Counties. Prior to and after the Civil War, four counties were created from it. It was named for General Daniel Morgan, a hero in the Revolutionary War. Wells Mill was the first settlement in the county and was named for Edmund Wells who began operating a water mill on the Licking River in 1816. In 1823, the county seat of West Liberty was established.

County Profile

Government

Demographics

Education

Employment

Utilities

Tourism

Utilities

Electrical

  • Clark Energy Cooperative

    2640 Iron Works Road
    Winchester, KY 40392

    Phone: 859-744-4251

  • Licking Valley RECC

    271 Main Street
    West Liberty, KY 41472

    Phone: 800-596-6530

  • AEP - Kentucky Power Company

    1 Riverside Plaza
    Columbus, OH 43215

    Phone: 800-572-1113

Gas

  • Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Inc.

    2001 Mercer Road
    Lexington, KY 40511

    Phone: 859-288-0215

  • City of West Liberty Gas

    565 Main Street
    West Liberty, KY 41472

    Phone: 606-743-3330

Telecommunications

  • Mountain Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

    25 Main Street
    West Liberty, KY 41472

    Phone: 606-743-3121

Waste Management

  • Advanced Disposal

    300 Old Phelps Road
    Morehead, KY 40351

    Phone: 800-888-3244

  • Morgan County Transfer Station

    450 Preston Street
    West Liberty, KY 41472

    Phone: 606-743-4845

Water

  • City of West Liberty

    565 Main Street
    West Liberty, KY 41472

    Phone: 606-743-3330

  • Morgan County Water District

    1009 Highway 172
    West Liberty, KY 41472

    Phone: 606-743-1204

  • Rattlesnake Ridge Water District

    P.O. Box 475
    Grayson, KY 41143

    Phone: 606-474-7570

  • Rowan Water, Inc.

    1765 Christy Creek Road
    Morehead KY 40351

    Phone: 606-748-9818

  • Sandy Hook Water District

    P.O. Box 726 Howard Creek Rd
    Sandy Hook, KY 41171

    Phone: 606-738-6282

Wastewater

  • City of West Liberty

    565 Main Street
    West Liberty, KY 41472

    Phone: 606-743-3330

Tourism

  • Cave Run Lake
  • Sorghum Festival
  • Daniel Boone National Forest
  • DeLancey Park
  • Ezel Park
  • Flatwood Mill Spring Park
  • Historical Society Museum
  • Memory Hill
  • Old Mill Park
  • Pleasant Valley Country Club and Golf Course

Demographics

Total Population

2000 SF 113,948
2010 SF 113,923
2011-2015 ACS13,428

Population By Sex (2011-2015 ACS)

Male7,477
Female5,951

Population By Age (2011-2015 ACS)

Under 5638
5-9 Years751
10-14 Years697
15-19 Years763
20-24 Years769
25-34 Years1,970
35-44 Years1,919
45-54 Years1,911
55-59 Years889
60-64 Years1,165
65-74 Years1,128
75-84 Years620
85 Years and Older208

Median Age

2000 SF 135.8
2010 SF 138.6
2011-2015 ACS40.7

Median Household Income

2006-2010 ACS$30,229
2011-2015 ACS$29,707

Percent Poverty Rates

199038.8%
200027.2%
201031.8%
US Census Bureau

Education

Morgan County Board of Education
155 University Drive
West Liberty, KY 41472
606.743.8002 | Website
Superintendent: Thomas Potter II, Ed.D
2016-2017 Enrollment: 2047

Educational Attainment (2011-2015)

Less Than High School2,681
High School Graduate3,556
Some College1,865
Associate's Degree551
Bachelor's Degree652
Master's, PhD, or Professional Degree505

District Statistics

DesignationDistinguished
2016 Overall Score70.8
2015 Overall Score70.2
2014 Overall Score65.1
2016 Graduation Rate82.6
2015 Graduation Rate87
Courier Journal
  • MSU at West Liberty

    155 University Dr
    West Liberty, 41472

    606.743.1599
    Website

Government

Local Government

  • Morgan County Fiscal Court

    450 Prestonburg Street
    West Liberty, KY 41472

    Phone: 606-743-3897

  • Stanley Franklin

    Judge Executive

  • Denzil Potter

    Magisrate

  • Jon Brown

    Magistrate

  • Stanley Riggsby

    Magistrate

  • Brandon Evans

    Magistrate

  • Anthony Lykins

    Magistrate

State/Federal Legislators

  • Ray S. Jones II (D)

    PO Box 3850
    Pikeville, KY 41502

    Phone: 606-432-5777

  • Representative William Wells (R)

    836 Liberty Road
    West Liberty, KY 41472

    Phone: 502-564-8100

  • Congressman Hal Rogers

    Website

Employment

Percent Unemployment Rates

201211.5%
201310.8%
20149.8%
20157.7%
20167.4%
www.workforcekentucky.ky.gov

Largest Employers

EmploymentEstablished
Lion Apparel, Inc.2611984
Frefrick & May Lumber & Supply 551946
The Wells Group LLC401958
Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc. 361959
http://www.thinkkentucky.com/

2000 Commuting Patterns

Working & Residing In County65.20%
Commuting Out of County34.80%

2010 Commuting Patterns

Working & Residing In County40.40%
Commuting Out of County59.60%
West Liberty

Mayor

Mark Walter
556 Main Street
West Liberty, KY 41472
(606) 743-3330 – Office

City Council

  • Russell (Rusty) Lindon
  • Dwayne Nickell
  • Anthony Adkins
  • Kyle Risner
  • Carter Bolin
  • John May

City Clerk

Sally Barker
(606) 743-3330 – Office