Location of Pembroke, Kentucky
|Named for||a literary character|
|• Total||1.11 sq mi (2.88 km2)|
|• Land||1.11 sq mi (2.87 km2)|
|• Water||0.004 sq mi (0.01 km2)|
|Elevation||587 ft (179 m)|
|• Density||786/sq mi (303.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||270 & 364|
|GNIS feature ID||0500368|
The town was settled in 1836 and named for Pembroke Somerset, Esq., a character in Jane Porter's 1803 novel Thaddeus of Warsaw, by Dr. Lunsford Lindsay, a local store owner. It was incorporated as a city in 1869.
Pembroke is located in eastern Christian County at  U.S. Route 41 passes through the town as Nashville Street, leading northwest 9 miles (14 km) to Hopkinsville, the county seat, and southeast 14 miles (23 km) to Guthrie at the Tennessee border.(36.774633, -87.356361).
As of the census of 2000, there were 797 people, 305 households, and 214 families residing in the city. The population density was 772.4 people per square mile (298.8/km²). There were 328 housing units at an average density of 317.9 per square mile (123.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.87% White, 31.12% African American, 0.50% Native American or Alaska Native, 0.25% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.25% of the population.
There were 305 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.95.
The age distribution was 25.7% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 81.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,143, and the median income for a family was $30,568. Males had a median income of $28,250 versus $18,194 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,663. About 20.5% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.1% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.
- Other places named Pembroke
- Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Pembroke, Kentucky". Accessed 26 Aug 2013.
- Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 229. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 1 Aug 2013.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Pembroke city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
- Porter, Jane. Thaddeus of Warsaw. 1803.
- "Dictionary of Places: Pembroke". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0-403-09981-1.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.