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Evarts, Kentucky
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Location of Evarts in Harlan County, Kentucky.
Location of Evarts in Harlan County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Harlan
Incorporated 1921
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
Area
 • Total 0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)
 • Land 0.38 sq mi (0.99 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
1,575 ft (480 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 859
 • Density 2,248.69/sq mi (867.11/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
40828
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-25606
GNIS feature ID 0491839

Evarts is a home rule-class city in Harlan County, Kentucky, in the United States. The post office was opened on February 9, 1855, and named for one of the area's pioneer families. The city was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1921. The population was 962 at the 2010 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 502
1930 1,438 186.5%
1940 1,642 14.2%
1950 1,937 18.0%
1960 1,473 −24.0%
1970 1,182 −19.8%
1980 1,234 4.4%
1990 1,063 −13.9%
2000 1,101 3.6%
2010 962 −12.6%
2020 859 −10.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Nearest town to P V & K Coal Company, Clover Gap Mine. Evarts, Harlan County, Kentucky. - NARA - 541389
Evarts in 1946. Photo by Russell Lee.

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,101 people, 428 households, and 299 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,828.0 people per square mile (708.5/km2). There were 490 housing units at an average density of 813.6 per square mile (315.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.91% White, 2.82% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 428 households, out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,963, and the median income for a family was $22,159. Males had a median income of $26,125 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,657. About 31.3% of families and 37.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52.7% of those under age 18 and 23.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The city of Evarts is served by Harlan County Public Schools. The district operates Evarts Elementary School, Black Mountain Elementary School, and Harlan County High School.

Evarts has a lending library, a branch of the Harlan County Public Library.

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