|Motto: The Friendly City|
|Named for||Gov. Charles Scott|
|• Total||5.8 sq mi (14.9 km2)|
|• Land||5.8 sq mi (14.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||761 ft (232 m)|
|• Density||728.6/sq mi (283.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0503118|
The site along Bays Fork was settled in 1797 and developed into a stagecoach station. The town was laid off in 1816 and established the next year. It was named for Kentucky's 4th governor, Charles Scott. In the early 19th century, it was also known as Allen Court House and Scottville.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,226 people, 1,861 households, and 1,130 families residing in the city. The population density was 728.6 per square mile (281.3 /km2). There were 2,066 housing units at an average density of 356.2 per square mile (137.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.5% White, 2.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 1,861 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals living alone and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 20 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.6 years. For every 100 females there were 86.66 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.54 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,960, and the median income for a family was $36,711. Males had a median income of $31,367 versus $29,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,555. About 20.3% of families and 28.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.0% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.
Scottsville Public Schools are part of the Allen County Schools School District. The district has one elementary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.
Scottsville is home to a weekly newspaper, the Citizen-Times, which was founded in 1890. Two radio stations, WVLE (99.3 FM) and WLCK (1250 AM). WVLE recently changed broadcast formats from country to a variety of adult contemporary hits from the past three decades. "The All New Love FM," as the station is now known, also has twice daily news segments covering Scottsville and the rest of Allen County.
- Mordecai Ham - Evangelist (born near Scottsville)
- Jim McDaniels - Professional basketball player
- Charles Napier - Actor and voice actor who was the voice of Duke Phillips
- Norro Wilson - Nashville songwriter and record producer
- Lattie Moore - Singer, songwriter and musician; Rockabilly Hall of Fame Member
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Scottsville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- "Lattie Moore". Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
- Climate Summary for Scottsville, Kentucky