Wilmore, Kentucky

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Wilmore, Kentucky
East Main Street Historic District
East Main Street Historic District
Motto: "...small town charm"
Location of Wilmore, Kentucky
Location of Wilmore, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°51′47″N 84°39′28″W / 37.86306°N 84.65778°W / 37.86306; -84.65778Coordinates: 37°51′47″N 84°39′28″W / 37.86306°N 84.65778°W / 37.86306; -84.65778
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Jessamine
 • Mayor Harold Rainwater
 • Total 2.6 sq mi (7 km2)
 • Land 2.6 sq mi (7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 883 ft (269 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,905
 • Density 2,239.1/sq mi (864.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40390
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-83550
GNIS feature ID 0506874

Wilmore is a city in Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 3,686 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all of it land.


Wilmore has two institutions of higher learning: Asbury University (formerly Asbury College) and Asbury Theological Seminary.


From 1970 until 2012, Wilmore was the original home of the Ichthus Music Festival, which is a gathering of Christian musical artists and speakers.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 4,215
2000 5,905 40.1%
2010 6,134 3.9%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,905 people, 1,638 households, and 1,215 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,239.1 per square mile (864.5/km2). There were 1,740 housing units at an average density of 659.8 per square mile (254.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.53% White, 1.93% African American, 0.14% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 1,638 households out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.8% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 26.6% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 12.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,500, and the median income for a family was $40,000. Males had a median income of $26,192 versus $25,362 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,602. About 9.1% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Nearby attractions[edit]

Approximately 5 miles southwest of Wilmore along route 29, the small community of High Bridge, Kentucky lies on the Kentucky River Palisades. The High Bridge Park Pavilion provides a great overlook of the Kentucky River as well as views of the High Bridge of Kentucky, which claims to be the "[h]ighest railroad bridge in US over a navigable stream (308 feet)."

The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky is located 9 miles southwest of Wilmore along US 68 across the Kentucky River. This is a National Historic Landmark commemorating the community and lifestyle of the Shaker religious community.


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