Hodgenville, Kentucky

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Hodgenville, Kentucky
Town Square
Town Square
Location of Hodgenville, Kentucky
Location of Hodgenville, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°34′16″N 85°44′19″W / 37.57111°N 85.73861°W / 37.57111; -85.73861Coordinates: 37°34′16″N 85°44′19″W / 37.57111°N 85.73861°W / 37.57111; -85.73861
Country United States
State Kentucky
County LaRue
Incorporated 1839
Named for Robert Hodgen, a local miller
 • Total 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 728 ft (222 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,206
 • Density 1,885.9/sq mi (712.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 42748
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-37396
GNIS feature ID 0494334

Hodgenville is a home rule-class city[1] in LaRue County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county.[2] It sits along the North Fork of the Nolin River. The population was 3,206 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Elizabethtown metropolitan area.


Hodgenville, 1904

An English-born Virginian, Robert Hodgen purchased 10,000 acres of land in the vicinity. In 1789, after the American Revolutionary War, when settlers started moving west into Kentucky, he built a mill at the site. After his death, the community that developed around it was called Hodgenville upon the petition of his widow and children. The United States post office at the site, however, was known as Hodgensville from 1826 to 1904.[3]

The city was formally incorporated by the state assembly on February 18, 1836.[4]

Abraham Lincoln was born in a small cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville on February 12, 1809.[5] About two years later, the family moved to another farm in the Hodgenville area.[6] Despite claims made later, the cabin Lincoln was born in was likely destroyed by the time of his assassination.

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park labels the replica cabin, which was built thirty years after his death, the "Traditional Lincoln Birthplace Cabin." The significance of the two Hodgenville sites (birthplace and boyhood home) are found in the setting. Preservation of these two national sites allows visitors to see the landscape of the earliest period of Abraham Lincoln's life. The Lincoln Museum is opened for visitors downtown and the bronze Abraham Lincoln Statue stands at the town square.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all land.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hodgenville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 404
1880 382 −5.4%
1890 542 41.9%
1900 825 52.2%
1910 744 −9.8%
1920 1,100 47.8%
1930 1,104 0.4%
1940 1,348 22.1%
1950 1,695 25.7%
1960 1,985 17.1%
1970 2,562 29.1%
1980 2,531 −1.2%
1990 2,721 7.5%
2000 2,874 5.6%
2010 3,206 11.6%
Est. 2014 3,242 [9] 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
LaRue County Courthouse
Lincoln's statue in the town square

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 2,874 people, 1,235 households, and 781 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,667.7 people per square mile (645.1/km²). There were 1,349 housing units at an average density of 782.8 per square mile (302.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.64% White, 11.27% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 1,235 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 18.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.76.

The age distribution was 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,132, and the median income for a family was $37,125. Males had a median income of $30,678 versus $18,095 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,794. About 16.9% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.

Federally, Hodgenville is part of Kentucky's 2nd congressional district, currently represented by Republican Brett Guthrie, elected in 2008.


  1. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 143. Retrieved 28 Apr 2013. 
  4. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Hodgenville, Kentucky". Accessed 29 Jul 2013.
  5. ^ http://www.presidentialavenue.com/al.cfm#1
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Day, Teresa (Jan 30, 2005). Fun With the Family Kentucky: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids. Globe Pequot. p. 34. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Hodgenville, Kentucky
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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