|Named for||landowner William Grayson|
|• Mayor||George Steele|
|• Total||2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)|
|• Land||2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||633 ft (193 m)|
|• Density||1,549.1/sq mi (598.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0493221|
Grayson is a principal city in Carter County, Northeast Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 4,217 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Area in which Grayson serves as a suburb to nearby Ashland, Kentucky. Interstate 64 and the AA Highway converge in Grayson making the city a gateway to the Huntington-Ashland urban area.
After the American Revolutionary War, George Washington's aide-de-camp Col. William Grayson received a 70,000 acres (280 km2) tract of land for his service during the war from the state of Virginia. By 1838, a small portion of this tract was set aside for the development of a town named for him. Although Grayson had only five streets and eighty lots, it was established by state assembly on February 6, 1844. On February 22, 1860, Grayson was recognized as an incorporated city by the state of Kentucky.
Grayson is located at (38.334738, -82.942368).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²), all land.
Grayson is served by the Carter County School District. Schools located within the city includes:
- Heritage Elementary School
- Prichard Elementary School
- East Carter Middle School
- East Carter High School
The campus of Kentucky Christian University (formerly Kentucky Christian College) is also located in Grayson.
|U.S. Census Bureau|
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,877 people, 1,415 households, and 938 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,549.1 people per square mile (598.8/km²). There were 1,538 housing units at an average density of 614.5 per square mile (237.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.32% White, 0.52% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.
There were 1,415 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 19.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $19,683, and the median income for a family was $26,280. Males had a median income of $32,022 versus $18,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,879. About 27.7% of families and 31.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.8% of those under age 18 and 22.3% of those age 65 or over.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Grayson has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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