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Clinton, Kentucky

Clinton, Kentucky
Hickman County Courthouse in Clinton, Kentucky
Hickman County Courthouse in Clinton, Kentucky
Location of Clinton, Kentucky
Location of Clinton, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Hickman
 • Total 1.6 sq mi (4.3 km2)
 • Land 1.6 sq mi (4.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 371 ft (113 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,388 [1]
 • Density 322.8/sq mi (867.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 42031
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-15742
GNIS feature ID 0489694
Website City Website

Clinton is a city and county seat of Hickman County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,388 at the 2010 census, a decline from 1,415 in 2000.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
  • Education 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The town is not named for the late-20th-century U.S. president and does not appear to be named after the 19th-century N.Y. governor (as Clinton County is). Instead, it appears to have been named after a riverboat or military captain who was stationed at the location around the time it was settled in the late 1820s.[1]

It was the home to Clinton College from 1871 to 1915.[2][3]


Clinton is located at (36.667040, -88.994103).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,415 people, 579 households, and 354 families residing in the city. The population density was 858.5 people per square mile (331.1/km²). There were 668 housing units at an average density of 405.3 per square mile (156.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.46% White, 27.14% African American, 0.49% Native American, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 579 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 36.1% 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 2.18 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 72.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,875, and the median income for a family was $27,847. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $16,786 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,236. About 26.8% of families and 31.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 51.3% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.


A Federal Courthouse for the Western District of Kentucky is located in Clinton.


  • Draughons Junior College


  1. ^ Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 61. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 24 Jul 2013.
  2. ^ Blair, R. Charles (1992). "Clinton College". In John E. Kleber. The Kentucky Encyclopedia.  
  3. ^ Lewis, Alvin Fayette (1899). "Clinton College, Clinton". History of Higher Education in Kentucky. Johns Hopkins University. pp. 210–214. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • City of Clinton
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