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Albany, Kentucky
Courthouse, Downtown Albany
Courthouse, Downtown Albany
Location of Albany, Kentucky
Location of Albany, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Clinton
 • Total 2.25 sq mi (5.84 km2)
 • Land 2.25 sq mi (5.83 km2)
 • Water 0.004 sq mi (0.01 km2)
961 ft (293 m)
 • Total 2,033
 • Density 903/sq mi (348.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-00694
GNIS feature ID 0485813

Albany is a home rule-class city in Clinton County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 2,033 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Clinton County. It is located on U.S. Route 127, about 6 miles (10 km) north of the Tennessee border.


The community of Albany grew up around a tavern established by Benjamin Dowell in the early 19th century. In 1837, residents voted to make the location the seat of county government. It is generally accepted that the town, formally incorporated on January 27, 1838, was named after Albany, New York, but a local legend holds that, during the vote to determine the location of the county seat, patrons of Dowell's tavern shouted "All for Benny!", then "all Benny," which led to the town being called Albany.

During the Civil War, Albany was attacked by Confederate forces, and many buildings, including the courthouse, were burned. A marker in the courthouse square notes that Clinton was the native county of Civil War terrorist Champ Ferguson, hanged after the war for atrocities.


Albany is located in south-central Clinton County at 36°41′36″N 85°8′7″W / 36.69333°N 85.13528°W / 36.69333; -85.13528 (36.693280, -85.135286). The city lies at an elevation of 960 feet (290 m) at the foot of the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Albany Rock, a western spur of the plateau, rises northeast of the city to an elevation of 1,700 feet (520 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.23%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 222
1870 163 −26.6%
1900 234
1910 579 147.4%
1920 595 2.8%
1930 852 43.2%
1940 1,259 47.8%
1950 1,920 52.5%
1960 1,887 −1.7%
1970 1,891 0.2%
1980 2,083 10.2%
1990 2,062 −1.0%
2000 2,220 7.7%
2010 2,033 −8.4%
Est. 2015 2,012 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,220 people, 1,018 households, and 561 families residing in the city. The population density was 653.0 people per square mile (252.1/km²). There were 1,165 housing units at an average density of 342.7 per square mile (132.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.38% White, 0.05% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.50% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.11% of the population.

There were 1,018 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 41.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 80.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $14,558, and the median income for a family was $22,652. Males had a median income of $21,389 versus $16,685 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,919. About 28.9% of families and 35.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.8% of those under age 18 and 36.5% 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, Albany has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

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