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Dry Ridge, Kentucky
Location of Dry Ridge in Grant County, Kentucky.
Location of Dry Ridge in Grant County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Grant
 • Total 5.08 sq mi (13.16 km2)
 • Land 5.05 sq mi (13.07 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
951 ft (290 m)
 • Total 2,102
 • Density 416.49/sq mi (160.81/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-22582
GNIS feature ID 0491228

Dry Ridge is a home rural-class city in Grant County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 2,191 at the 2010 census, up from 1,995 at the 2000 census. From around 1910 to 1960, the city's economy was dominated by business related to its mineral water wells, purported to have healing properties.


Dry Ridge is located north of the center of Grant County at 38°40′56″N 84°35′47″W / 38.68222°N 84.59639°W / 38.68222; -84.59639 (38.682242, -84.596370). It is bordered to the south by the city of Williamstown, the county seat. Interstate 75 passes through Dry Ridge, with access from Exit 159. I-75 leads north 35 miles (56 km) to Cincinnati and south 49 miles (79 km) to Lexington. U.S. Route 25 (Main Street) runs through the center of Dry Ridge, leading north 7 miles (11 km) to Crittenden and south 4 miles (6 km) to the center of Williamstown.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Dry Ridge has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.8 km2), of which 0.03 square miles (0.09 km2), or 0.72%, is water.


The community now known as Dry Ridge was settled about 1792 as "Campbell's Station" near a spring said to have medicinal qualities.

A post office called "Dry Ridge" was established in 1815 at an inn. Dry Ridge takes its name from a ridge surrounded by inns where travelers stopped for water before proceeding.

During the early part of the 20th century, Dry Ridge was the home of Kentucky Carlsbad Mineral Water Bottling Company, and home of the Carlsbad Hotel completed in 1911. People came to Dry Ridge from all over the eastern United States to take the mineral water of what was known as the Kentucky Carlsbad Springs, although it was not a spring, but a well. The hotel was destroyed by fire on February 25, 1927.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 143
1920 129 −9.8%
1930 97 −24.8%
1940 257 164.9%
1950 640 149.0%
1960 802 25.3%
1970 1,100 37.2%
1980 1,250 13.6%
1990 1,601 28.1%
2000 1,995 24.6%
2010 2,191 9.8%
2020 2,102 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,995 people, 771 households, and 535 families residing in the city. The population density was 428.2 people per square mile (165.3/km2). There were 861 housing units at an average density of 184.8 per square mile (71.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.19% White, 0.55% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.30% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 771 households, out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.6% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,647, and the median income for a family was $32,202. Males had a median income of $38,000 versus $23,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,568. About 21.0% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.0% of those under age 18 and 14.4% 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, Dry Ridge has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Grant County students are served by Grant County Middle School and Grant County High School, both located in Dry Ridge.

Notable people

  • Lulu Vere Childers, African-American music educator
  • Skeeter Davis (Mary Frances Penick, 1931–2004), country-pop (or Nashville sound) singer best known for the song "The End of the World"
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