Hardinsburg, Kentucky

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Not to be confused with the similarly-named city or county of Hardin, both also located in Kentucky.
Hardinsburg, Kentucky
Breckinridge County courthouse in Hardinsburg
Breckinridge County courthouse in Hardinsburg
Location of Hardinsburg within Kentucky
Location of Hardinsburg within Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°46′35″N 86°27′18″W / 37.77639°N 86.45500°W / 37.77639; -86.45500Coordinates: 37°46′35″N 86°27′18″W / 37.77639°N 86.45500°W / 37.77639; -86.45500
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Breckinridge
Founded 1780[1]
Incorporated 1890
Named for William Hardin
 • Mayor Wayne Macy
 • Total 3.6 sq mi (9.2 km2)
 • Land 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 709 ft (216 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,343
 • Density 678/sq mi (261.8/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 40143
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-34552
GNIS feature ID 0493730
Website hardinsburg.ky.gov

Hardinsburg is a 5th-class city in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county.[2] The population was 2,343 at the 2010 census.[3]


Capt. William Hardin, brother of the Col. John Hardin for whom Hardin Co. was named, established a frontier fort at the site in 1780. The settlement was known variously as Hardin's Fort and Hardin's Station in the 18th century.[4] The fort was attacked repeatedly by Native Americans,[which?] who killed settlers and took hostages.[citation needed]

The town was laid out and established as Hardinsburg in 1800 as the seat of government for the newly established Breckinridge County. Its post office was established on January 1, 1803, as Breckinridge Court House or Hardinburg.[5] The city was formally incorporated by the state assembly on May 3, 1890.[6]


Hardinsburg is located at 37°46′35″N 86°27′18″W / 37.77639°N 86.45500°W / 37.77639; -86.45500 (37.776336, −86.455010).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.2 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.9 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 2.34%, is water.[3]


As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 2,343 people, 964 households, and 583 families residing in the city. The population density was 651.4 people per square mile (251.5/km²). There were 1,078 housing units at an average density of 302.5 per square mile (116.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.06% White, 8.61% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.41% of the population.

There were 964 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.83.

The age distribution was 20.3% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,447, and the median income for a family was $36,214. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $20,331 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,307. About 14.6% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer, "Hardinsburg".
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hardinsburg city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dictionary of Places: Hardinsburg". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0-403-09981-1. 
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 130. Retrieved 28 Apr 2013. 
  6. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Hardinsburg, Kentucky". Accessed 29 Jul 2013.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Barnes, Mike (2012-11-26). "Actress Bobbi Jordan Dies at 75, She had a stint on "General Hospital" in the 1970s and appeared in the Lucille Ball musical "Mame."". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 

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