Clarkson, Kentucky

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Clarkson, Kentucky
Location of Clarkson, Kentucky
Location of Clarkson, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°29′41″N 86°13′22″W / 37.49472°N 86.22278°W / 37.49472; -86.22278Coordinates: 37°29′41″N 86°13′22″W / 37.49472°N 86.22278°W / 37.49472; -86.22278
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Grayson
Incorporated April 23, 1908
 • Mayor Bonnie Henderson
 • City Commissioners Scotty Gore, Keith Higdon, Bob Vincent, Howard Williams
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 728 ft (222 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 875
 • Density 1,401.7/sq mi (541.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 42726
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-15148
GNIS feature ID 0489558

Clarkson is a 5th-class city in Grayson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 794 at the 2000 census. Once called Grayson Springs Depot after a nearby resort, the name was changed in 1882 to honor the resort's owner, Manoah Clarkson.[1] It is known for its Honeyfest and is home to The Walter T. Kelley Company, a manufacturer of beekeeping equipment.


Clarkson is located directly east of Leitchfield along U.S. Route 62 and the Western Kentucky Parkway.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 794 people, 353 households, and 226 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,401.7 inhabitants per square mile (541.2/km2). There were 394 housing units at an average density of 695.5 per square mile (268.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.86% White, 1.01% Asian, and 1.13% from two or more races.

There were 353 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 82.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,625, and the median income for a family was $28,000. Males had a median income of $27,308 versus $19,861 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,888. About 20.0% of families and 21.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.


In 1926, Pauline Bell of Clarkson won the 2nd Scripps National Spelling Bee.[3]

On March 15, 2006, former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher signed Kentucky House Bill 46 into law, making the Clarkson Honeyfest the "Official State Honey Festival of Kentucky".[4]


  1. ^ "Dictionary of Places: Clarkson". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0-403-09981-1. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ (23 July 2002). Pen Pals: Women have written to each other since the Coolidge administration, The Daily News (Kentucky)
  4. ^ "HB 46". Legislative Research Commission. Retrieved 2007-02-15.