|Nickname(s): Nature's Bridge to the Mountains|
|Incorporated||March 9, 1854|
|• Mayor||Dale Allen|
|• Total||2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)|
|• Land||2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||673 ft (205 m)|
|• Density||1,366.5/sq mi (535.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0515661|
The first post office to be located in present-day Stanton was established on July 7, 1849 and was named Beaver Pond, because of the settlement's proximity to a small body of water resulting from a beaver dam. In 1852, both the post office and the settlement were renamed Stanton for Richard H. Stanton, who served in Congress from 1849–1855 and later as a U.S. senator.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land.
Stanton is served by the Powell County School District. The following schools are located witin the city:
- Bowen Elementary School
- Stanton Elementary School
- Powell County Middle School
- Powell County High School
- Powell County Alternative School
Stanton Christian School is the only private school located within the city.
Stanton is governed by a Mayor-council form of government. The current mayor is Dale Allen.
The representative body of the city of Stanton is the city council. The council members include: Dixie Lockard, Margarita Arnett, Pam McIntosh Tipton, Charlotte Estes, Linville Bellamy, and Tommy Mays.
The Stanton Police Department (SPD) is a 24 hour department. The current Chief of Police is Kevin Neal, replacing the retiring Robert Matthews. SPD is a fully functioning police department that is involved in multiple facets of the community and other law enforcement agencies in the area including Clay City Police Department, Powell County Sheriffs Office, Kentucky State Police, surrounding county agencies, and federal agencies. Located on Court Street next to the Powell County Court House, the SPD can be contacted by calling the Powell County Dispatch Center at 606-663-4116.
|U.S. Census Bureau|
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,029 people, 1,222.5 households, and 856.7 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,538.0 people per square mile (593.7/km²). There were 1,340 housing units at an average density of 680.4 per square mile (262.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.01% White, 0.43% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.
There were 1,222 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,750, and the median income for a family was $29,781. Males had a median income of $25,081 versus $20,432 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,521. About 19.5% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.
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