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Bedford, Kentucky
Main Street in Bedford, Kentucky
Main Street in Bedford, Kentucky
Location of Bedford in Trimble County, Kentucky.
Location of Bedford in Trimble County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Trimble
Area
 • Total 0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Land 0.27 sq mi (0.70 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
902 ft (275 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 599
 • Estimate 
(2019)
576
 • Density 2,117.65/sq mi (817.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
40006
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-04816
GNIS feature ID 0486653

Bedford is a home rule-class city in Trimble County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 574 at the 2020 Census. It is the second largest city and county seat of Trimble County.

It is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 42 and 421.

Geography

Bedford is located at 38°35′31″N 85°19′02″W / 38.592047°N 85.317160°W / 38.592047; -85.317160.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 285
1860 251 −11.9%
1870 200 −20.3%
1880 197 −1.5%
1890 250 26.9%
1900 307 22.8%
1910 269 −12.4%
1920 240 −10.8%
1930 286 19.2%
1940 387 35.3%
1950 533 37.7%
1960 717 34.5%
1970 780 8.8%
1980 835 7.1%
1990 761 −8.9%
2000 677 −11.0%
2010 599 −11.5%
2019 (est.) 576 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 677 people in 282 households, including 183 families, in the city. The population density was 1,690.3 people per square mile (653.5/km2). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 741.5 per square mile (286.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.93% White, 0.15% African American, 1.77% from other races, and 0.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.36%.

Of the 282 households 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 28.7% of households were one person and 13.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.96.

The age distribution was 28.5% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% 65 or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.1 males.

The median household income was $31,528 and the median family income was $36,250. Males had a median income of $30,341 versus $22,188 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,818. About 12.9% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Trimble County's sole high school, Trimble County High School, is located within Bedford. The city is also home to Bedford Elementary School.

Bedford has a public library, the Trimble County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Eva Anne Madden (1863–1958), American educator, journalist, playwright, author
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