Campton, Kentucky

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Campton, Kentucky
Wolfe County courthouse in Campton
Wolfe County courthouse in Campton
Location of Campton in Wolfe County, Kentucky.
Location of Campton in Wolfe County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°44′5″N 83°32′54″W / 37.73472°N 83.54833°W / 37.73472; -83.54833Coordinates: 37°44′5″N 83°32′54″W / 37.73472°N 83.54833°W / 37.73472; -83.54833
CountryUnited States
StateKentucky
CountyWolfe
IncorporatedMarch 17, 1870
Government
 • TypeCity Commission
 • MayorRaymond Banks
Area
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation
961 ft (293 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total441
 • Estimate 
(2016)[1]
425
 • Density394/sq mi (152.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
41301, 41342
Area code(s)606
FIPS code21-12358
GNIS feature ID0511172

Campton is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Wolfe County, Kentucky, United States.[2] The population was 424 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Campton was a camp town with a small creek, Swift Creek (named after Jonathan Swift of the legend of Swift's silver mine), running through the town. Swift supposedly buried treasure in the area which has never been recovered.

Geography[edit]

Campton is located at 37°44′05″N 83°32′54″W / 37.734689°N 83.548427°W / 37.734689; -83.548427.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (3.57%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
187067
188010252.2%
1890317210.8%
1900276−12.9%
191032618.1%
1920277−15.0%
193033721.7%
194041824.0%
19504313.1%
196048412.3%
1970419−13.4%
198048616.0%
1990484−0.4%
2000424−12.4%
20104414.0%
Est. 2016425[1]−3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 424 people, 196 households, and 117 families residing in the city. The population density was 393.4 people per square mile (151.6/km²). There were 229 housing units at an average density of 212.5 per square mile (81.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.76% White, and 0.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 196 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,778, and the median income for a family was $21,528. Males had a median income of $24,375 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,167. About 31.8% of families and 34.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.4% of those under age 18 and 23.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Campton has a lending library, the Wolfe County Public Library.[6]

Arts and culture[edit]

The annual Swift Silver Mine Festival is held on Labor Day weekend each year. It includes a parade and vendors in the downtown area.

Notable people[edit]

  • Folk artist Edgar Tolson; Ralph Rinzler of the Smithsonian Institution was impressed by Tolson's figures, and included them in the 1971 Festival of American Folklife.
  • Folk artist Randy Spencer; Well known folk artist and creator of Kentucky Walking Sticks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.