Crab Orchard, Kentucky

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Crab Orchard, Kentucky
Overview from the city cemetery
Overview from the city cemetery
Location of Crab Orchard, Kentucky
Location of Crab Orchard, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°27′44″N 84°30′29″W / 37.46222°N 84.50806°W / 37.46222; -84.50806Coordinates: 37°27′44″N 84°30′29″W / 37.46222°N 84.50806°W / 37.46222; -84.50806
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Lincoln
 • Mayor Billy Shelton
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (4 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 951 ft (290 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 842
 • Density 607.9/sq mi (234.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40419
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-17956
GNIS feature ID 0490242

Crab Orchard is a 6th-class city in Lincoln County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 842 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Crab Orchard was near the end of the Logan Trace of the Wilderness Road and was an early pioneer station. There are several mineral springs in the area and from 1827 until 1922 taverns and hotels were located at Crab Orchard Springs. The post office was established in 1815, with Archibald Shanks its first postmaster.[1]

Crab Orchard was a station on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.[2]

Crab Orchard was the birthplace of Thomas L. Smith, also known as "Pegleg" Smith.


Crab Orchard is located at 37°27′44″N 84°30′29″W / 37.46222°N 84.50806°W / 37.46222; -84.50806 (37.462286, -84.507922).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 842 people, 373 households, and 227 families residing in the city. The population density was 607.9 per square mile (234.7/km2). There were 435 housing units at an average density of 314.1/sq mi (121.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.15% White, 1.54% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population.

There were 373 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,184, and the median income for a family was $31,111. Males had a median income of $26,607 versus $18,889 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,706. About 17.7% of families and 27.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.1% of those under age 18 and 27.8% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 70. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  2. ^ Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 468. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.