Manchester, Kentucky

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Manchester, Kentucky
City
Clay County Courthouse in Manchester, Kentucky
Clay County Courthouse in Manchester, Kentucky
Motto: The City of Hope
Location of Manchester, Kentucky
Location of Manchester, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°9′10″N 83°45′48″W / 37.15278°N 83.76333°W / 37.15278; -83.76333Coordinates: 37°9′10″N 83°45′48″W / 37.15278°N 83.76333°W / 37.15278; -83.76333
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Clay
Incorporated February 6, 1844
Named for the English industrial town
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor George Saylor
Area
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 869 ft (265 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,255
 • Density 836.7/sq mi (321.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40962
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-49656
GNIS feature ID 0513768

Manchester is a 4th-class city in Clay County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county[1] and the home of a minimum- and medium-security federal prison. The city's population was 1,255 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The town was founded to be the seat of the newly formed Clay Co. in 1807 on a 10-acre (4.0 ha) parcel near the Lower Goose Creek Salt Works. The county court stipulated that the town be named Greenville in honor of the War-of-1812 general who gave the county its name.[2] The Greenville in Muhlenberg County had already preëmpted that name, however, and it was changed to "Manchester" in December. There was a local legend in the town that this was in honor of the hometown of Gen. Garrard's second wife Lucy Lees, but Rennick points out that she was born well after the naming of the city. He opines that it is more likely that the local businessmen simply wanted a name evocative of the English industrial success.[2]

Geography[edit]

Manchester is located at 37°9′10″N 83°45′48″W / 37.15278°N 83.76333°W / 37.15278; -83.76333 (37.152818, -83.763403).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 398
1940 1,509
1950 1,706 13.1%
1960 1,868 9.5%
1970 1,664 −10.9%
1980 1,838 10.5%
1990 1,634 −11.1%
2000 1,738 6.4%
2010 1,255 −27.8%
Est. 2013 1,420 [4] 13.1%

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 1,255 people, 579 households, and 332 families residing in the city. The population density was 836.7 people per square mile (321.8/km²). There were 655 housing units at an average density of 436.7 per square mile (167.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.5% White, 6.3% African American, 0% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and .09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1% of the population.

There were 579 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.5% were married couples living together, 19% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.84.

Notable people[edit]

  • Bert T. Combs - Former governor
  • Richie Farmer - Former University of Kentucky shooting guard and Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Steve Napier - Former clown, life saving doctor at Manchester Hospital and once the prime suspect known as the Hobo Butcher of Appalachia. Whereabouts unknown at this time.

Broadcast media[edit]

Manchester is the city of license cited by four radio stations:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 186. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 1 Aug 2013.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 Population Estimates U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-05-23
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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