|Incorporated||May 7, 1963|
|Named for||the head of U.S. Coal and Coke|
|• Mayor||Bob Collier|
|• Total||0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)|
|• Land||0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,716 ft (523 m)|
|• Density||2,490.0/sq mi (933.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0497363|
It was plotted in 1917 by the U.S. Coal and Coke Company (a subsidiary of U.S. Steel) as a company town to house workers at the company's nearby coal mines. It was named for then-head of the company, Thomas Lynch. By the 1940s, Lynch had a population of more than 10,000 and had such amenities as a hospital and movie theater. The population declined dramatically in the 1960s and 1970s as mining techniques shifted to less labor-intensive methods.
Lynch is the nearest city to Kentucky's highest point, Black Mountain (elevation 4,145 ft). Sitting at an elevation of 1,716 feet above sea level, Lynch is Kentucky's highest incorporated city. Lynch is adjacent to Appalachia, Virginia.
As of the census of 2010, there were 747 people, 330 households, and 212 families residing in the city. The population density was 2490.0 people per square mile (933.8/km²). There were 449 housing units at an average density of 1,496.7 per square mile (561.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.8% White, 20.9% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.8% of the population.
|U.S. Census Bureau
There were 330 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were individuals under 18 years old and 35.8% were individuals 65 years and older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.82.
The age distribution was 21.1% under 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 33.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 or older. The median age was 47.8 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.
In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $17,609, and the median income for a family was $21,625. Males had a median income of $31,500 versus $19,038 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,369. About 36.7% of families and 37.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 57.6% of those under age 18 and 20.2% of those age 65 or over.
- Louise Slaughter, US Congresswoman
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Census Bureau Retrieved on 2010-2-12
- Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012 Population Estimates U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24