Bradfordsville, Kentucky

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Bradfordsville, Kentucky
Location of Bradfordsville, Kentucky
Location of Bradfordsville, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°29′43″N 85°8′54″W / 37.49528°N 85.14833°W / 37.49528; -85.14833Coordinates: 37°29′43″N 85°8′54″W / 37.49528°N 85.14833°W / 37.49528; -85.14833
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Marion
Established 1777[1]
Incorporated January 30, 1836 1836[1]
Named for a local miller
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 699 ft (213 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 304
 • Density 1,068.3/sq mi (412.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40009
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-09100
GNIS feature ID 0487792

Bradfordsville is a 6th-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 304 at the time of the 2000 census.


The community at the site was first known as Centerville from its supposed location at the center of the state. (Having since gained the Jackson Purchase, the present geographic center of the state remains nearby at Cowherd Road and McCarty Lane on Ky. 429 northwest of Lebanon.[2]) The settlement was renamed Bradford's Mill after Peter Bradford's combined saw- and gristmill at the site; this became "Bradfordsville" after the establishment of a post office in 1834.[3]


Bradfordsville is located at 37°29′43″N 85°8′54″W / 37.49528°N 85.14833°W / 37.49528; -85.14833 (37.495328, -85.148452).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 304 people, 133 households, and 75 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,068.3 people per square mile (419.2/km²). There were 150 housing units at an average density of 527.1 per square mile (206.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.04% White, 1.32% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

There were 133 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $16,125, and the median income for a family was $21,250. Males had a median income of $22,917 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,222. About 22.1% of families and 26.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 17.9% of those sixty five or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bradfordsville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [6]


  1. ^ a b Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Bradfordsville, Kentucky". Accessed 26 Aug 2013.
  2. ^ University of Kentucky. Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer. "Geographic Center of Kentucky". Accessed 5 October 2013.
  3. ^ Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 34. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 1 Aug 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Bradfordsville, Kentucky