Eminence, Kentucky

Eminence is a home rule-class city[2] in Henry County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 2,498 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 2,231 at the 2000 census. Eminence is the largest city in Henry County. Eminence is home to the loudspeaker manufacturing company, Eminence Speaker.

Eminence, Kentucky
Sunset in Eminence
Sunset in Eminence
Location of Eminence in Henry County, Kentucky.
Location of Eminence in Henry County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 38°22′5″N 85°10′50″W / 38.36806°N 85.18056°W / 38.36806; -85.18056Coordinates: 38°22′5″N 85°10′50″W / 38.36806°N 85.18056°W / 38.36806; -85.18056
CountryUnited States
 • MayorDrane Stephens
 • Total2.87 sq mi (7.4 km2)
 • Land2.82 sq mi (7.3 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.1 km2)
935 ft (285 m)
 • Total2,498
 • Estimate 
 • Density870/sq mi (340/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)502
FIPS code21-24904
GNIS feature ID0491762


Eminence is located in southern Henry County at 38°22′5″N 85°10′50″W / 38.36806°N 85.18056°W / 38.36806; -85.18056 (38.368127, -85.180449).[4] It is bordered to the south by Shelby County.

Kentucky Route 55 is Main Street through Eminence. KY 55 leads north 4 miles (6 km) to New Castle, the Henry County seat, and south 12 miles (19 km) to Shelbyville. U.S. Route 421 passes 2 miles (3 km) east of Eminence; it leads north to New Castle and southeast 25 miles (40 km) to Frankfort, the state capital.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Eminence has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.4 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 1.70%, is water.[3] The city is located on high ground, with elevations up to 960 feet (290 m), where several watersheds converge. The source of the Little Kentucky River, a tributary of the Kentucky River, is just west of Eminence, while Town Creek to the north and Drennon Creek to the east also rise in Eminence and flow north to the Kentucky River. Fox Run rises in the southern part of Eminence and flows south via Bullskin Creek and Brashears Creek to the Salt River. The Kentucky and the Salt River are both tributaries of the Ohio River.


The area post office, established in 1836, was moved to Eminence in 1850, and named for its supposed location at the highest point on the railroad line between Louisville and Lexington.[5][6] The city was formally incorporated in 1851.[7][8]

The Eminence Historic Commercial District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[9][10]


Census Pop.
Est. 20182,582[1]3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 2,231 people, 944 households, and 623 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,039.2 people per square mile (400.6/km2). There were 998 housing units at an average density of 464.9 per square mile (179.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.59% White, 11.65% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 2.11% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.81% of the population.

There were 944 households, out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 18.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,323, and the median income for a family was $36,053. Males had a median income of $30,893 versus $21,042 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,337. About 14.9% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.


Education in Eminence is administered by the Eminence Independent School District.[13]

Eminence has a lending library, the Henry County Public Library.[14]

Arts and cultureEdit

The city is home to the Highland Renaissance Festival, which runs from May through July. Eminence also hosts a Celtic Fest in September.

Notable people from EminenceEdit

Anne Braden (1924-2006), civil rights activist

David Emmanuel Goatley, Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, Duke Divinity School[15]

James Green, track star, first Black student-athlete to graduate from University of Kentucky[16]

Sharon Ruble, bass player, member of Reel World String Band[17]

Hollis Summers, (1916-1987), poet, novelist, short story writer and editor


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Eminence city, Kentucky". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2017.[dead link]
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 93. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 119.
  7. ^ Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 338.
  8. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Eminence, Kentucky". Accessed 25 July 2013.
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  10. ^ Daniel Kidd (July 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Eminence Historic Commercial District". National Park Service. Retrieved May 2, 2018. With accompanying 14 photos from 1977
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ "Homepage". Eminence Independent Schools. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  15. ^ "David Emmanuel Goatley". Retrieved May 2020-05-10. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  16. ^ Peck, Jared (January 10, 2019). "They said "You don't belong here": UK honoring its "brave hero" for the trail he blazed". Lexington Herald-Leader.
  17. ^ "Reel World String Band". Reel World String Band. Retrieved May 10, 2020.

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