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Cloverport, Kentucky
"Our Home on the Ohio"
Location of Cloverport in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.
Location of Cloverport in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Breckinridge
 • Total 1.52 sq mi (3.94 km2)
 • Land 1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
489 ft (149 m)
 • Total 1,119
 • Density 765.91/sq mi (295.73/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-15904
GNIS feature ID 0489709

Cloverport is a home rule-class city in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, United States, on the banks of the Ohio River. The population was 1,152 at the 2010 census.


The town was once known as Joesville after its founder, Joe Huston. Established around 1798 (or possibly 1808), the town was the site of the ferry where, in 1816, Jacob Weatherholt piloted the family of Abraham Lincoln, then seven, across the Ohio River on its way to a newly acquired farm in Spencer County, Indiana.

The town was renamed Cloverport in 1828 after nearby Clover Creek. The town was the site of a button factory, which made use of mussel shells from the Ohio. In the nineteenth century, the Victoria Coal Mines (named in honor of the British queen) produced coal oil from cannel coal that was used to light Buckingham Palace. The town was formally incorporated by an act of the state assembly in 1860.

Former United States Supreme Court Justice Wiley Blount Rutledge was born at nearby Tar Springs on July 20, 1894. Rutledge was the son of the pastor of Cloverport's Baptist church.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km2), of which 1.5 square miles (3.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 3.74%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 194
1860 920
1870 840 −8.7%
1880 1,056 25.7%
1890 1,527 44.6%
1900 1,656 8.4%
1910 1,403 −15.3%
1920 1,509 7.6%
1930 1,324 −12.3%
1940 1,402 5.9%
1950 1,357 −3.2%
1960 1,334 −1.7%
1970 1,388 4.0%
1980 1,585 14.2%
1990 1,207 −23.8%
2000 1,256 4.1%
2010 1,152 −8.3%
2020 1,119 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,256 people, 536 households, and 351 families residing in the city. The population density was 779.1 people per square mile (301.2/km2). There were 620 housing units at an average density of 384.6 per square mile (148.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.42% White, 2.47% African American, 0.08% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 536 households, out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 20.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $30,917. Males had a median income of $30,156 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,990. About 14.1% of families and 20.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.9% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.


Students in Cloverport attend Cloverport Independent Schools.

Cloverport High---1930 Class A 2nd-Region Boys Champs and 1932 6th-Region Boys Champs.

Cloverport has a public library, a branch of the Breckinridge County Public Library.

Notable people

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