Hanson, Kentucky

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Hanson, Kentucky
Main Street downtown
Main Street downtown
Location of Hanson within Kentucky.
Location of Hanson within Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°25′4″N 87°28′50″W / 37.41778°N 87.48056°W / 37.41778; -87.48056Coordinates: 37°25′4″N 87°28′50″W / 37.41778°N 87.48056°W / 37.41778; -87.48056
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Hopkins
Founded 1869
Incorporated 1873
Named for a local railroad employee
 • Mayor Charles Young 
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.1 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 436 ft (133 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 625
 • Density 265.1/sq mi (102.3/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 42413
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-34390
GNIS feature ID 0493695
Website http://www.cityofhanson.com

Hanson is a 6th-class city in Hopkins County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 625 at the 2000 census.

The Hanson Historic District is located in the city. The companies that supply power to Hanson residents are Kentucky Utilities and Kenergy.


The town was founded in 1869 on a 50-acre grant from two local landowners, judge Robert Eastwood and pastor Roland Gooch, in order to function as a stop on the Evansville, Henderson, and Nashville Railroad. The city was laid out by (and named for) a railway's engineer and surveyor named Henry B. Hanson. The community received its post office on Dec. 7, 1869,[1] and was incorporated by the state assembly on Mar. 31, 1873.[2]

The Evansville, Henderson, & Nashville was purchased by the St. Louis and Southeastern in 1872, which (following a reorganization) was purchased in turn by the L&N in 1879.

The city was essentially destroyed by a fire in 1889 and the present historic district dates from the rebuilding that followed.[3] Today, the former L&N network makes up part of CSX Transportation, which operates a siding track in Hanson.


Hanson is located at 37°25′4″N 87°28′50″W / 37.41778°N 87.48056°W / 37.41778; -87.48056 (37.417794, -87.480647).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 625 people, 241 households, and 187 families residing in the city. The population density was 265.1 people per square mile (102.3/km²). There were 265 housing units at an average density of 112.4 per square mile (43.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.76% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.96% Asian, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 241 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $36,406. Males had a median income of $32,054 versus $21,731 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,932. About 6.7% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 129–130. Retrieved 28 Apr 2013. 
  2. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Hanson, Kentucky". Accessed 29 Jul 2013.
  3. ^ City of Hanson. "Hanson Historic District". Accessed 29 Jul 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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