Ferguson, Kentucky

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Ferguson, Kentucky
Location of Ferguson, Kentucky
Location of Ferguson, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°4′1″N 84°36′0″W / 37.06694°N 84.60000°W / 37.06694; -84.60000Coordinates: 37°4′1″N 84°36′0″W / 37.06694°N 84.60000°W / 37.06694; -84.60000
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Pulaski
 • Total 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 935 ft (285 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 881
 • Density 504.6/sq mi (194.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 42533
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-27010
GNIS feature ID 0492026

Ferguson is a 5th-class city just south of downtown Somerset in Pulaski County, Kentucky, in the United States.


Ferguson is located at 37°4′1″N 84°36′0″W / 37.06694°N 84.60000°W / 37.06694; -84.60000 (37.066845, -84.599953).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land.


The city was originally constructed just north of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad's engine repair shops as a residential community for its workers. It was incorporated by the state assembly in 1906.[2] It was likely named for the Cincinnati attorney Edward A. Ferguson who helped found the railroad in 1869.

Because another community in Logan County already possessed a post office named Ferguson, the city long employed the name Luretha for mail delivery after the daughter of its first postmaster George Wynn. In 1950, the Logan Co. post office was closed and the Board on Geographic Names approved the use of Ferguson for the Pulaski community's mail.[3]

The railroad shops were specialized for work with steam engines and were shuttered after the switch to diesel.[when?]

Ferguson School[edit]

Ferguson School opened in 1910 for grades 1-12 to serve the children of the town and the rural area just south and east. The high school fluctuated in enrollment from 100 to 150. The high school closed in 1968 and the elementary school in 1978.[4] The property of the former schoolgrounds is now the Ferguson Park, and the buildings house community center offices and recrreational facilities. Ferguson students now attend Pulaski County High School.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 881 people, 360 households, and 249 families residing in the city. The population density was 504.6 people per square mile (194.4/km²). There were 397 housing units at an average density of 227.4 per square mile (87.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.62% White, 1.02% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.45% Asian, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

There were 360 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,855, and the median income for a family was $37,841. Males had a median income of $27,386 versus $17,308 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,355. About 10.0% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.4% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Ferguson, Kentucky". Accessed 26 Jul 2013.
  3. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 100. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  4. ^ FergusonSchool.com
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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