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Allen, Kentucky
Main Street in Allen
Main Street in Allen
Location of Allen in Floyd County, Kentucky.
Location of Allen in Floyd County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Floyd
Incorporated 1913
 • Type City Commission
 • Total 0.19 sq mi (0.50 km2)
 • Land 0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
643 ft (196 m)
 • Total 182
 • Density 1,016.76/sq mi (393.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-00946
GNIS feature ID 0485866

Allen is a home rule-class city in Floyd County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 193 at the 2010 census, up from 150 at the 2000 census.


Allen was first settled in the early nineteenth century. The first post office was named "Mouth of Beaver" and was established on August 21, 1854 (Thomas P. Johns, postmaster). The town began to develop rapidly c. 1904-1905 after the establishment of a Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad station. The station was interchangeably known as "Beaver Creek" and "Beaver Creek Junction". In 1905, another post office opened and was named "Allen" after local resident T.J. Allen. The town was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1913. In 1936, the railroad station was renamed to prevent confusion during mail delivery. An area outside the city limits known as "New Allen" began to develop in 1937 after a bridge was constructed across the Levisa Fork River.


Allen is located north of the center of Floyd County at 37°36′48″N 82°43′33″W / 37.61333°N 82.72583°W / 37.61333; -82.72583 (37.613421, -82.725826). It sits at the confluence of Beaver Creek with the Levisa Fork, a north-flowing tributary of the Big Sandy River and part of the Ohio River watershed.

U.S. Routes 460 and 23 pass just north of Allen, leading northwest 5 miles (8 km) to Prestonsburg, the county seat, and southeast 24 miles (39 km) to Pikeville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Allen has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 7.06%, is water.


As of the census of 2010, there were 193 people, 67 households residing in the city. There were 67 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 99.48% White, 0.00% African American, 0.00% Hispanic or Latino, 0.00% Asian or Pacific Islander, 0.00% Native American and 0.52% from two or more races.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 216
1930 284 31.5%
1940 368 29.6%
1950 421 14.4%
1960 370 −12.1%
1970 724 95.7%
1980 338 −53.3%
1990 229 −32.2%
2000 150 −34.5%
2010 193 28.7%
2020 182 −5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.8% under the age of 18, 63.73% from 18 to 64, and 13.47% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.4 years.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,104, and the median income for a family was $26,875. The per capita income for the city was $13,247. There were 19.7% of the population living below the poverty line.


  • Wesley Christian School
  • Allen Elementary
  • Prestonsburg High School
  • Big Sandy Community & Technical College
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