East Bernstadt, Kentucky

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East Bernstadt, Kentucky
Location of East Bernstadt, Kentucky
Location of East Bernstadt, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°11′27″N 84°7′11″W / 37.19083°N 84.11972°W / 37.19083; -84.11972Coordinates: 37°11′27″N 84°7′11″W / 37.19083°N 84.11972°W / 37.19083; -84.11972
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.12 sq mi (5.50 km2)
 • Land2.11 sq mi (5.47 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
1,198 ft (365 m)
 • Total716
 • Density339/sq mi (130.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)606
FIPS code21-23284
GNIS feature ID0511986

East Bernstadt is a census-designated place (CDP) and coal town in Laurel County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 716 at the 2010 census,[1] down from 774 at the 2000 census.


East Bernstadt is located in northern Laurel County at 37°11′27″N 84°7′11″W / 37.19083°N 84.11972°W / 37.19083; -84.11972 (37.190818, -84.119647).[2] U.S. Route 25 passes just to the southwest of the community, leading southeast 4 miles (6 km) to London, the county seat, and northwest 12 miles (19 km) to Livingston. Interstate 75 also passes to the southwest of East Bernstadt, but without any direct access, the closest being from the Hal Rogers Parkway in London.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the East Bernstadt CDP has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.46%, are water.[3]


During the evening of March 2, 2012, tornado that was rated EF-2 intensity by the National Weather Service (NWS) survey struck the community.

The tornado touched down at approximately 7:05pm EST about 4.3 miles (6.9 km) west of East Bernstadt and traveled for 6.3 miles (10.1 km) before lifting about 3.6 miles (5.8 km) north-northeast of East Bernstadt at approximately 7:12pm EST.

The tornado was approximately 310 yards wide and killed six people. It took the home of Mike and Brenda Eversole along with his semi truck and trailer and all their belongings. He and family were in their home when this took place. The only thing that saved their life was the home slamming in the semi and turning it over. That impact slowed the part of their home stopping it from going through the woods with the rest of it. If it had not been there, four more deaths would have been on the total.

The tornado appears to have been the strongest near location 1, with estimated sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km/h). This is also roughly the area in which several homes were heavily damaged or destroyed, and where the five fatalities took place.

This tornado was just one of many associated with the outbreak that took place across the Ohio and Tennessee Valley region on Friday, March 2, 2012.


Two public school districts serve K-12 students in East Bernstadt. East Bernstadt Independent School District operates a single K-8 school. High school students in the district may attend either high school in Laurel County Public Schools.


As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 716 people, 312 households, and 237 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 371.6 people per square mile (143.7/km2). There were 350 housing units at an average density of 168.0/sq mi (65.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.22% White, 3.49% African American, 0.26% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

There were 312 households, out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 21.8% 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 2.48 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $62,300.00, and the median income for a family was $28,162. Males had a median income of $25,227 versus $15,625 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,592.00. About 16.2% of families and 19.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.4% of those under age 18 and 23.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Robert Goforth, Kentucky state representative, former Republican candidate for governor[5]
  • Carl Hurley, nationally recognized comedian, author and lecturer


  1. ^ "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), East Bernstadt CDP, Kentucky". data.census.gov. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "U.S. Gazetteer Files: 2019: Places: Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau Geography Division. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Robert Goforth". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-08-13.