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Frenchburg, Kentucky
Walnut Street
Walnut Street
Location of Frenchburg in Menifee County, Kentucky.
Location of Frenchburg in Menifee County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Menifee
 • Total 0.84 sq mi (2.18 km2)
 • Land 0.84 sq mi (2.17 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
873 ft (266 m)
 • Total 601
 • Density 715.48/sq mi (276.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-29260
GNIS feature ID 0512254

Frenchburg is a home rule-class city in Menifee County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 486 at the 2010 census. It is the seat and only incorporated city in its rural county. It is located at the junction of U.S. Route 460 and Kentucky Route 36. Logging is the primary industry.

Frenchburg is part of the Mount Sterling Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Caudel House on Blythe Branch, in Frenchburg, Kentucky
The historic Caudel House

Frenchburg was laid out in 1869 to be the county seat of newly formed Menifee County and was named for Robert French, a local lawyer and judge. It was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1871.

Frenchburg was nearly destroyed on June 27, 1882, when Beaver Creek flooded, sweeping away all but three buildings and killing six people.

The Foothills Courier

The area was served by the Foothills Courier newspaper from June 1996 until January 2007. The newspaper was a private, non-affiliated publication, supported by local individuals and businesses. The business failed to financially sustain itself after the death of its editor on October 18, 2006. The Foothills Courier was bought out shortly thereafter by the Menifee County News, an affiliated publication from Carlisle, Kentucky.


Frenchburg is located at 37°57′11″N 83°37′38″W / 37.95306°N 83.62722°W / 37.95306; -83.62722 (37.953176, -83.627210).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all land.


The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 143
1890 222 55.2%
1900 210 −5.4%
1910 172 −18.1%
1920 270 57.0%
1930 246 −8.9%
1940 289 17.5%
1950 268 −7.3%
1960 296 10.4%
1970 467 57.8%
1980 550 17.8%
1990 625 13.6%
2000 551 −11.8%
2010 486 −11.8%
2020 601 23.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Menifee County Courthouse, Kentucky 2
Menifee County Courthouse

As of the census of 2000, there were 551 people, 245 households, and 174 families residing in the city. The population density was 528.4 people per square mile (204.6/km2). There were 279 housing units at an average density of 267.5 per square mile (103.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.64% White, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 245 households, out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 19.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.66.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.5% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,350, and the median income for a family was $28,333. Males had a median income of $25,221 versus $19,286 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,288. About 22.0% of families and 27.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.5% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.


The city is home to Menifee County High School, Menifee County Middle School, and formerly Menifee County Elementary School (Now destroyed).

Frenchburg has a lending library, a branch of the Menifee County Public Library.

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