Corinth, Kentucky

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Corinth, Kentucky
Location of Corinth, Kentucky
Location of Corinth, Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°29′46″N 84°33′44″W / 38.49611°N 84.56222°W / 38.49611; -84.56222Coordinates: 38°29′46″N 84°33′44″W / 38.49611°N 84.56222°W / 38.49611; -84.56222
Country United States
State Kentucky
Counties Grant, Scott, Harrison
Founded 1868[1]
 • Type Mayor-council[2]
 • Mayor Billy Hill[2]
 • Commissioner
 • City Clerk/Treasurer Tara Wright[3]
 • City Attorney April Gatlin[3]
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 968 ft (295 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 181
 • Density 507.7/sq mi (196.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41010
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-17434
GNIS feature ID 0490097

Corinth is a 6th-class city in Grant, Harrison, and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The population was 181 at the 2000 census.[4] Despite being in a dry county, sales by the drink in restaurants seating at least 100 diners are allowed.[citation needed]

The Grant County portion of Corinth is part of the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH–KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Scott County portion is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Harrison County portion of the city is not part of any metropolitan or micropolitan area.


The Corinth community began in the late 1820s with the founding of Corinth Christian Church, but the post office was not established until 1868.[1] The town most likely got its name from the church.[5] In 1871, the church relocated to a new site, and in 1873-74 and new church was built, replacing the log church. Until 1876, much of Corinth was in Owen County. In 1876, it was transferred to Grant County.[1] In 1878, Corinth was incorporated by the Kentucky State Legislature, which, in the same year, chartered the Corinth Academy. In 1890, the first of four fires occurred. The salvage of the train depot and three residences is credited to a passing train's boiler water.[1] The fires of 1904 and 1914 were on a similar scale. The Corinth basketball team won the 1930 state and national championships.[6] In 1933, another fire destroyed much of the central business district, but help from other fire departments contained the fire.[1] Much of the destruction was caused by lack of water. Steps to minimize this were taken in 1986 with the creation of the Corinth Water District. In 1995, the city obtained a grant/loan package to establish a water treatment plant in Corinth.[1]


Corinth is located at 38°29′46″N 84°33′44″W / 38.49611°N 84.56222°W / 38.49611; -84.56222 (38.496042, -84.562131).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square mile (0.9 km²), all land.

Corinth is located 35[8] miles north of Lexington on Interstate 75.[9]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 181 people, 75 households, and 44 families residing in the city. The population density was 507.7 people per square mile (194.1/km²). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 244.0 per square mile (93.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.45% White and 0.55% African American.

There were 75 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $27,750. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,952. About 29.8% of families and 32.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 37.8% of those sixty five or over.

Corinth in fiction[edit]

In Harry Turtledove's "Southern Victory" alternate history series, Corinth was the site of a victory by Braxton Bragg that secured Kentucky for the Confederacy.[10]


There are six churches in Corinth:[11]

  • Corinth Assembly of God
  • Corinth Baptist Church
  • Corinth Christian Church
  • Lawrenceville Baptist Church[12]
  • New Columbus Baptist Church[13]
  • New Columbus United Methodist Church.[14]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Corinth, City of (2009-09-01). "Kentucky: The City of Corinth - History". Kentucky, Commonwealth of. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b Corinth, City of (2009-09-01). "Kentucky: The City of Corinth - Home". Kentucky, Commonwealth of. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  3. ^ a b c Corinth, City of (2009-09-01). "Kentucky: The City of Corinth - City Commission". Kentucky, Commonwealth of. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Kentucky, University of (2004-02-24). "Corinth, Kentucky". Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  6. ^ Corinth, City of (2009-09-01). "Kentucky: The City of Corinth - State Basketball Championship". Kentucky, Commonwealth of. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ (2009). "How Far is It? Distance Server: As the Crow Flies". Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  9. ^ Inc., Google (2010). "Google Maps". Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  10. ^ Turtledove, WiH, p. 130
  11. ^ Corinth, City of (2009-09-01). "Kentucky: The City of Corinth - Places of Worship". Kentucky, Commonwealth of. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  12. ^ Southern Baptist Convention (2010). "Lawrenceville Baptist Church - Southern Baptist Church". Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  13. ^ Southern Baptist Convention (2010). "New Columbus Baptist Church - Southern Baptist Church". Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  14. ^ United Methodist Church. "Find-A-Church: New Columbus". Retrieved 2010-04-06. 

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