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Hindman, Kentucky

Hindman, Kentucky
Main Street
Main Street
Location of Hindman, Kentucky
Location of Hindman, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Knott
Incorporated March 23, 1886
Named for Lt. Gov. James Hindman
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Janice Jarrell
 • Total 3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Land 3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,115 ft (340 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 777
 • Density 230/sq mi (88/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41822
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-37108
GNIS feature ID 0494291

Hindman (local )[1] is a city in Knott County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 777 at the 2010 U.S. census. It is the seat of its county.[2]


Hindman is located at (37.337174, -82.981147).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), all land.


The land for the town was provided by local landowner and postmaster Peyton Duke,[4] but Hindman was named in honor of James Hindman, who was the lieutenant governor when the town was founded in 1884 to serve as the seat of government for the newly formed Knott County.[1]

Hindman is home to the Hindman Settlement School, which was the earliest rural settlement school.


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 787 people, 356 households, and 220 families residing in the city. The population density was 232.5 people per square mile (89.9/km²). There were 415 housing units at an average density of 122.6 per square mile (47.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.59% White, 0.38% Native American, 0.38% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 356 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $14,511, and the median income for a family was $21,806. Males had a median income of $31,477 versus $21,979 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,637. About 32.0% of families and 38.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.7% of those under age 18 and 22.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people


  • Gingerbread Festival, an annual three-day festival in early September to celebrate community and Appalachian culture, featuring:
    • Local arts and crafts
    • Music such as folk and bluegrass
    • A local parade
    • The edible giant Gingerbread Man baked every year.


  1. ^ a b Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 141. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 30 Jul 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  4. ^ The Kentucky Encyclopedia, pp. 433. "Hindman". University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1992. Accessed 30 Jul 2013.
  5. ^ Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 Population Estimates U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-05-29
  6. ^ United States Census Bureau Retrieved on 2010-12-19
  7. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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