Cadiz, Kentucky

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Cadiz, Kentucky
The courthouse in Cadiz burned down twice during the American Civil War. The courthouse pictured was torn down in 2008 to make way for a new justice center that opened in October 2009.
The courthouse in Cadiz burned down twice during the American Civil War. The courthouse pictured was torn down in 2008 to make way for a new justice center that opened in October 2009.
Location of Cadiz, Kentucky
Location of Cadiz, Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°52′4″N 87°49′3″W / 36.86778°N 87.81750°W / 36.86778; -87.81750Coordinates: 36°52′4″N 87°49′3″W / 36.86778°N 87.81750°W / 36.86778; -87.81750
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Trigg
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Mayor Lyn Bailey
 • Total 3.5 sq mi (9.0 km2)
 • Land 3.5 sq mi (9.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 423 ft (129 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,373
 • Density 685.4/sq mi (264.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 42211
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-11692
GNIS feature ID 0517318

Cadiz (local /kˈdz/[1]) is a 4th-class city in and the county seat of Trigg County, Kentucky, United States.[2] The population was 2,373 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Clarksville metropolitan area.

Cadiz is an old town located close to the Land Between the Lakes, a popular recreation area, and was a base of Union and Confederate operations during the Civil War. It permits the sale of alcoholic beverages.


William Henry Perrin's 1884 History of Trigg County does not explain the Spanish name of the town, but does say that in May 1820 the county commission chose Robert Baker's land as its seat. He relinquished his stable yard and the surrounding 50 acres (200,000 m2). From August to October, the commission platted out the town in blocks and gave it the name Cadiz.[3] Rennick's Kentucky Place Names repeats the local tradition that a Spaniard in the surveying party successfully suggested his hometown.[1]


Cadiz is located at 36°52′4″N 87°49′3″W / 36.86778°N 87.81750°W / 36.86778; -87.81750 (36.867781, -87.817374).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), all land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,373 people, 1,009 households, and 648 families residing in the city. The population density was 685.4 people per square mile (264.8/km²). There were 1,093 housing units at an average density of 315.7 per square mile (122.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.66% White, 17.53% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 1,009 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% 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 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 82.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,429, and the median income for a family was $31,750. Males had a median income of $30,357 versus $18,929 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,404. About 17.5% of families and 19.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Roger Vinson, United States District Court judge
  • Joe Bolton, poet
  • Charles Tyler, musician
  • Boots Randolph, musician
  • Harold Knight and David Hale, professional outdoorsmen and founders of Knight and Hale Game Calls
  • Garyth Shawn Thompson, Metal Music Media Resource Manager and founder of WolverineKills


Cadiz boasts one of the lowest crime rates in Kentucky. The total crime risk index score for Cadiz is 34, which is 37 points below the statewide crime risk score of 71 and 66 points below the national crime risk score of 100. "Homefair City Profile". 


Students in Cadiz attend Trigg County Public Schools which are located on a single campus on Main Street.


Cadiz has a humid subtropical climate and four distinct seasons. The warmest month of the year is July, with an average high temperature of 90 °F. The coldest month is January, with an average high temperature of 44 °F.

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures for Cadiz, KY[6]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 80 82 87 91 94 102 104 104 107 95 83 78
Norm High °F 44 49 59 70 78 85 90 88 82 71 59 48
Norm Low °F 25 29 38 46 55 63 68 66 59 47 38 29
Rec Low °F -20 -10 -8 21 29 39 47 43 31 20 7 -14
Precip (in) 3.80 4.48 4.60 4.40 5.07 4.22 4.03 3.17 3.50 3.26 4.86 4.69

In Fiction[edit]

Cadiz is featured in the John J. Rust science fiction novel Dark Wings. The town is deserted following the invasion of the Mothman-like aliens.


  1. ^ a b Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 45. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 22 Jul 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Western Kentucky History". Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  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. ^ "Cadiz Weather". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 

6. Dark Wings by John J. Rust ISBN 978-1-4699-4327-5 links==