Milton, Kentucky

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Milton, Kentucky
Ginn's Furniture Store with high water marks on exterior wall
Ginn's Furniture Store with high water marks on exterior wall
Location of Milton in Trimble County, Kentucky.
Location of Milton in Trimble County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 38°42.6′N 85°22.5′W / 38.7100°N 85.3750°W / 38.7100; -85.3750Coordinates: 38°42.6′N 85°22.5′W / 38.7100°N 85.3750°W / 38.7100; -85.3750
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Land1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
459 ft (140 m)
 • Total574
 • Estimate 
 • Density441.5/sq mi (170.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)502
FIPS code21-52590
GNIS feature ID0498397
Madison, Indiana as seen from Milton, Kentucky

Milton is a home rule-class city along the south bank of the Ohio River in Trimble County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 525 at the time of the year 2000 U.S. census. The Milton-Madison Bridge connects it to Madison, Indiana, and is the only road link between the two states for 40 miles in either direction.

It was the setting for the 1958 film Some Came Running.


Milton was settled in 1785 and founded in 1789, at which time it was still part of Virginia. A ferry with Madison, Indiana, on the opposite side of the Ohio began service in 1804. A bridge connecting them was constructed in 1929.[2]:8

One of Milton's earliest newspapers, the Milton Free Press, was established in 1879 by Lewis P. Sarlls.[3]

The city has endured many floods and most of its riverside downtown has been repeatedly destroyed, leaving little historic architecture. Two exceptions are Ginn's Furniture Store and the building housing Rowlett's Grocery, both of which are located on Main Street.[2]:5

Milton was hit by a tornado on March 2, 2012. The Milton Fire and Rescue firehouse #2 was destroyed.[4]


Milton is located at 38°42.6′N 85°22.5′W / 38.7100°N 85.3750°W / 38.7100; -85.3750 (38.7095, -85.3742).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016562[1]−2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 525 people, 233 households, and 143 families residing in the city. The population density was 441.5 people per square mile (170.3/km²). There were 266 housing units at an average density of 223.7 per square mile (86.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.29% White, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

There were 233 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city, the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,250, and the median income for a family was $34,688. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $14,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,264. About 12.2% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 22.5% of those age 65 or over.


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

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  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Johnson, William Gus. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Historic Resources of Trimble County, Kentucky". National Park Service, November 1982. Accessed 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 6th ed., 1887, Trimble Co.
  4. ^ Kristen Snyder, Courier Staff Writer (March 5, 2012). "Trimble, Carroll: Damage but only minor injuries". Madison Courier. Retrieved 2012-03-06. Milton Fire Chief Jason Long...The Milton firehouse was destroyed when a tornado seemed to drop down right on top of it, Long said...Milton Fire and Rescue will rebuild at the same location.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Milton, Kentucky

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