|Nickname(s): Redbud Capital of the World|
|Incorporated||March 18, 1882|
|• Type||City Commission|
|• Mayor||Lonnie Hendrix|
|• Total||0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)|
|• Land||0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||922 ft (281 m)|
|• Density||256.0/sq mi (98.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||41749, 41762|
|GNIS feature ID||0512880|
Hyden is a city and county seat of Leslie County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 365 at the 2010 census. It is located at the junction of U.S. Route 421 and Kentucky Route 80, along the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River.
The area was first settled around 1817 by the John Sizemore family of North Carolina. The town was established in 1878 and incorporated in 1882, and was named after John Hyden, a state senator of the time who helped form Leslie County. The mountainous terrain made the region difficult to access except by river, which was no longer the dominant form of transportation by the late 19th century, hindering growth.
In July 1978, during the C. Allen Muncy campaign Richard Nixon came to Hyden to make his first public speech since resigning from the presidency during the Watergate crisis. Hyden was picked because Nixon wanted a town that had heavily supported his Presidential runs.
|U.S. Census Bureau|
As of the census of 2000, there were 204 people, 95 households, and 58 families residing in the city. The population density was 256.0 people per square mile (98.5/km²). There were 112 housing units at an average density of 140.6 per square mile (54.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.51% White and 0.49% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.
There were 95 households out of which 18.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.69.
In the city, the population was spread out with 15.7% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 25.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 74.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,429, and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $24,792 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,966. About 3.2% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 24.4% of those sixty five or over.
- Ryan Adams - alt-country/rock singer-songwriter, lived as a child in Hyden
- Tim Couch - NFL quarterback
- John Hensley - actor
- Willie Sandlin - World War I Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
- The Osborne Brothers - bluegrass musicians
- William Wyatt - Philanthropist, Entrepreneur
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hyden has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- United States Census Bureau Retrieved on 2010-12-19
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- Climate Summary for Hyden, Kentucky