Burlington, Kentucky

Coordinates: 39°01′20″N 84°43′18″W / 39.02222°N 84.72167°W / 39.02222; -84.72167
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Burlington, Kentucky
Burlington from the air, looking east
Burlington from the air, looking east
Location within Boone County and the state of Kentucky
Location within Boone County and the state of Kentucky
Coordinates: 39°01′20″N 84°43′18″W / 39.02222°N 84.72167°W / 39.02222; -84.72167
CountryUnited States
 • Total8.81 sq mi (22.83 km2)
 • Land8.81 sq mi (22.83 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation830 ft (250 m)
 • Total17,318
 • Density1,965.05/sq mi (758.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code859
FIPS code21-11170
GNIS feature ID2402734[2]

Burlington is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Boone County, Kentucky, United States.[3] The population was 17,318 at the 2020 census.[4]


Boone County Courthouse, located in Historic Burlington district

Burlington was incorporated in 1824.[5] However, today Burlington is unincorporated due to the annulment of the city charter in 1923. It is one of the two county seats in Kentucky that are unincorporated.[6]

The county seat of Boone County, Burlington, was initially established on 74 acres, donated by John Craig and Robert Johnson, at the headwaters of the Allen's Fork. It went through various name changes, originally known as Craig's Camp after John Craig, then renamed Wilmington in 1800, and is now known as Burlington, a function of the request of the U.S. Post Office in 1816. Court was initially held in a log courthouse built in 1801, the same year the town was platted. In the initial layout of the town, the streets circled the central “Publick Square.”[7] It was this original town plan and square, designed by county surveyor Moses Scott, that would later contribute to the listing of Burlington as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.[8] The Burlington Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[9]


Burlington is located in north-central Boone County. Kentucky Route 18 (Burlington Pike) runs through the center of the CDP, leading east 6 miles (10 km) to Florence and west 7 miles (11 km) to the Ohio River at Belleview. Downtown Cincinnati is 16 miles (26 km) to the northeast, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is directly to the northeast of Burlington.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Burlington has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.9 km2), all land.[10]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Burlington has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[11] Record temperatures for Burlington are unknown as well as averages, because it does not have a weather station; information comes from nearby counties.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

According to the 2020 American Community Survey, there were an estimated total of 6,361 households, with an average household size of 2.78. The median household income was $86, 651. The percentage of the population below the poverty level was estimated to be 5.6%. The racial makeup of Burlington using the statistics on identifying with a race alone or in combination with one or more races was 94.9% White, 5.3% Black or African American, 1.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.5% Asian, and 1.3% identified as some other race. The percentage of the population that identified as Hispanic or Latino of any race was 5.9%.[13]

In comparison, at the 2000 census there were 10,779 people in 3,799 households, including 2,887 families, in the CDP. The population density was 1,276.0 inhabitants per square mile (492.7/km2). There were 4,083 housing units at an average density of 483.4 per square mile (186.6/km2). The racial makeup of Burlington in 2006 was 93.9% White, 1.89% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.73%.[14]

Of the 3,799 households 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 19.0% of households were one person and 3.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.19.

The age distribution was 30.1% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 36.3% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% 65 or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.

The median household income was $56,815 and the median family income was $63,387. Males had a median income of $41,083 versus $28,288 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,806. About 2.3% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.


Burlington has a public library, a branch of the Boone County Public Library.[15]

Burlington is also home to three public schools in the Boone County Schools district, Burlington Elementary School, Stephens Elementary School, and Camp Ernst Middle School.


  • Dinsmore Homestead - A living history museum of the prominent Dinsmore family antebellum farm. The 700 acres of the homestead were purchased in 1839 and the main house was built in 1842. The Greek Revival style main house and 30 acres were donated by Martha Breasted in 1988 to the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation to develop the living history museum, displaying the well-preserved site of five generations of Dinsmores and the history of the home's enslaved peoples and laborers.[16]
  • Old Boone County Courthouse – Built in 1889, designed by the McDonald brothers in a Renaissance Revival style and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Burlington Historic District. Having undergone various repairs and updates, it continues to operate as a public space and is still used for a few county operations.[17]

Notable people[edit]

  • Mamie Claflin (1867-1929), American temperance and suffrage leader


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Burlington, Kentucky
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved March 11, 2023.
  5. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1996). The WPA Guide to Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. p. 263. ISBN 0813108659. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  6. ^ Mitsoff, Tom (July 15, 2006). "BURLINGTON\ WHERE BOONE COUNTY'S PAST AND FUTURE MEET". Kentucky Post. pp. A1. Retrieved February 13, 2023.
  7. ^ Edwards, Robin. "From Craig's Camp to Burlington". ExploreKYHistory. Retrieved March 11, 2023.
  8. ^ Tenkotte, Paul; Claypool, James (2009). The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 134. ISBN 9780813125657.
  9. ^ Gibbs, Kenneth (1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form". NPS National Register Digital Assets. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  10. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Burlington CDP, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Burlington, Kentucky
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved March 11, 2023.
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  15. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  16. ^ Infosino, Charles (December 16, 2022). "The Dinsmore Homestead: A house with 180 years of history". Link NKY. Retrieved March 11, 2023.
  17. ^ Becher, Matthew (July 2009). History of the 1889 Boone County Courthouse, Boone County, Kentucky (PDF). pp. 3–5.

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