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Drakesboro, Kentucky

Drakesboro is a home rule-class city in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 627 at the 2000 census. Incorporated in 1888, the city was named for early pioneer William Drake.[2][3]

Drakesboro, Kentucky
City
Drakesboro
Drakesboro
Location of Drakesboro in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
Location of Drakesboro in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°13′2″N 87°3′1″W / 37.21722°N 87.05028°W / 37.21722; -87.05028Coordinates: 37°13′2″N 87°3′1″W / 37.21722°N 87.05028°W / 37.21722; -87.05028
CountryUnited States
StateKentucky
CountyMuhlenberg
Area
 • Total0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Land0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation443 ft (135 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total515
 • Estimate (2016)[1]506
 • Density1,296.1/sq mi (500.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code42337
Area code(s)270
FIPS code21-22348
GNIS feature ID0491099

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GeographyEdit

Drakesboro is located at 37°13′2″N 87°3′1″W / 37.21722°N 87.05028°W / 37.21722; -87.05028 (37.217274, -87.050169).[4] The city is situated along Kentucky Route 176 (Mose Rager Boulevard) east of Greenville. Its municipal boundaries extend eastward to KY 176's intersection with U.S. Route 431.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all land.

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1900228
19101,126393.9%
19201,1643.4%
19301,2426.7%
19401,2551.0%
19501,102−12.2%
1960832−24.5%
19709079.0%
1980798−12.0%
1990565−29.2%
200062711.0%
2010515−17.9%
Est. 2016506[1]−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 627 people, 247 households, and 171 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,296.1 people per square mile (504.3/km²). There were 281 housing units at an average density of 580.9 per square mile (226.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.47% White, 9.73% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.16% Asian, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 247 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,875, and the median income for a family was $25,417. Males had a median income of $21,094 versus $16,458 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,508. About 28.4% of families and 32.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.4% of those under age 18 and 24.1% of those age 65 or over.

Site of interestEdit

The Four Legends FountainEdit

Constructed in 1992, the Four Legends Fountain honors four pioneers of the "thumb picking" style of guitar playing often associated with Bluegrass music: Kennedy Jones, Ike Everly, Mose Rager, and Merle Travis.[7] All four have close ties to Muhlenberg County.

John Prine HighwayEdit

The section of Hwy 431 through Drakesboro is named for John Prine.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Places: Drakesboro". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0-403-09981-1.
  3. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 84. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Attractions Open to the Public". Central City Tourism Commission. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-02-16.

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