Mount Sterling, Kentucky
|Mount Sterling, Kentucky|
|— City —|
|Motto: "Ringing with Unity and Pride"|
|• Total||3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)|
|• Land||3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||974 ft (297 m)|
|• Density||1,708.9/sq mi (659.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0498865|
Mount Sterling is located at .(38.056613, -83.944500)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,876 people, 2,478 households, and 1,536 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,708.9 people per square mile (659.5/km²). There were 2,768 housing units at an average density of 805.0 per square mile (310.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.09% White, 8.73% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.68% of the population.
There were 2,478 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,050, and the median income for a family was $34,074. Males had a median income of $30,584 versus $21,081 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,585. About 17.1% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.4% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.
|U.S. Census Bureau|
The Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Library was established in 1871. The Mt. Sterling – Montgomery County Library moved to the current location, accessible from both Main and Locust Streets, in July 1984. The building was officially dedicated on September 30, 1984. The local library added a branch in Camargo in October, 2008.
In 2012, a group called Citizens For Fair Taxation mounted a push to have the library reduce it's tax rates back to the founding rate of .03% which had been improperly raised over the years due to confusion over seemingly conflicting KRS (Kentucky Revised Statutes) sections. This was met with dismissal from the current library board as they were inclined to believe that they were in the right. Their beliefs were quickly dispelled as incorrect in 2013 by two summary judgements in Campbell and Kenton Counties that found the KRS sections not in conflict. The library board, upon being notified of the findings of these two courts, held that they had violated the law but had done so in good faith. They apparently thought that, contrary to the law saying otherwise, ignorance of the law is a valid excuse. Litigation awaits the Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Library board.
List of Registered Historical Places
- Bondurant House
- Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Passenger and Baggage Depots
- Church of the Ascension
- East Mount Sterling Historic District
- Enoch Smith House
- Gaitskill Mound Archeological Site
- John Bell Hood House
- KEAS Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
- Machpelah Cemetery
- Methodist Episcopal Church South
- Miss Emma Hicks Bungalow
- Monarch Milling Company
- Mount Sterling Commercial District
- Ralph Morgan Stone House
- W. T. Fitzpatrick House
- William Chiles House
- Wright-Greene Mound Complex
- Confederate Monument of Mt. Sterling
- Northwest Residential District
October Court Day
Every year, the number of visitors to Mount Sterling increases dramatically due to October Court Days. The event is held on the third Monday of October, with festivities beginning on the prior Friday (recently changed from Saturday by the city). October Court Days is a festival type atmosphere with vendors providing carnival rides, food, goods, animals, etc. The festival is large enough that public schools are cancelled for the duration of Court Days as buses and public transportation are unable to run through the downtown area due to the closure of streets.
- Henry Daniel (March 15, 1786 - October 5, 1873), United States Representative from Kentucky
- Amos Davis (August 15, 1794 - June 11, 1835), United States Representative from Kentucky
- Nancy Green - (November 17, 1834 - September 23, 1923) was born a slave in Montgomery County, the original Aunt Jemima
- Lawrence Chenault (born 1877), African American film actor
- Ernie Fletcher (November 12, 1952 - ), Governor of Kentucky (2003–2007)
- Jeremy Sumpter (born 1989), actor, raised in Mount Sterling
- Chris Cockrell (born 1972), Father, raised in Camargo/Mount Sterling
- Jason Gilliam (born 1978), National award winning tattoo artist