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Glasgow, Kentucky
South Green Street in Glasgow, KY
South Green Street in Glasgow, KY
Location of Glasgow in Barren County, Kentucky.
Location of Glasgow in Barren County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Barren
Established 1799
Named for the Scottish hometown of the family of William Logan
 • Total 15.95 sq mi (41.30 km2)
 • Land 15.86 sq mi (41.07 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
755 ft (230 m)
 • Total 15,014
 • Density 946.72/sq mi (365.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
42141, 42142, 42156
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-31114
GNIS feature ID 0492876

Glasgow is a home rule-class city in Barren County, Kentucky, United States. It is the seat of its county. Glasgow is the principal city of the Glasgow micropolitan area, which comprises Barren and Metcalfe counties. The population was 14,028 at the 2010 U.S. census.

The city is well known for its annual Scottish Highland Games. In 2007, Barren County was named the number one rural place to live by The Progressive Farmer magazine.


Glasgow is located in central Barren County at 37°0′1″N 85°55′13″W / 37.00028°N 85.92028°W / 37.00028; -85.92028 (37.000375, -85.920229). U.S. Route 31E and U.S. Route 68 intersect at the center of the city, and the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway passes south of downtown, with access from three exits. Bowling Green is 32 miles (51 km) to the west, Mammoth Cave National Park is 21 miles (34 km) to the northwest, Elizabethtown is 55 miles (89 km) to the north, Columbia is 37 miles (60 km) to the east, and Scottsville is 24 miles (39 km) to the southwest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Glasgow has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40.2 km2), of which 15.4 square miles (40.0 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.53%, is water.


The city of Glasgow was established by the state assembly in 1799. The same year, the community was selected as the seat of a new county, owing to its central location, its large spring, native John Gorin's donation of 50 acres (20 ha) for public buildings, and its being named for the Scottish hometown of the father of William Logan, one of the two commissioners charged with selecting the county seat. A post office was established in 1803, and the town received its city rights in 1809.

Historic homes

All across Glasgow are historic homes that can date back to the early 1800s. The most popular part of town with these homes is South Green Street, this street has many historic houses that have many different architectural styles including Colonial, Federal, and Victorian. Each house has its own unique history and they are owned and taken care of with great pride by their owners.

Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University was originally in Glasgow when it was established in 1875, but 10 years later it moved to its present-day location in Bowling Green and serves as WKU's main campus. Since 1998, WKU has operated a regional campus in Glasgow.

Civil War

The Civil War affected many smaller towns like Glasgow. There are many places that were part of the Underground Railroad in Glasgow, such as Big Spring Bottom for keeping horses and the Spotswood House on North Race Street for hiding slaves. Other places include the Old Glasgow Seminary Home on East Main Street, this house has several rooms dug out in the earth with tunnels running into them for keeping the slaves hidden and safe.

George Washington in Glasgow

Former U.S. President George Washington had a half-brother named Augustine Washington, Jr. who was the spouse to Anne Aylett Washington and had a daughter named Elizabeth Washington. Elizabeth Washington married to Alexander Eliot Spotswood and were given a home and land from George Washington (Elizabeth's Uncle) in Glasgow. The home is still here to this day on North Race Street, it is currently owned by the Kiser family and it is known as the Spotswood Home. (Named this after its first owner, Alexander Spotswood.)


As of the census of 2010, there were 14,208 people, 5,994 households, and 3,619 families residing in the city. The population density was 960.0 inhabitants per square mile (370.7/km2). There were 6,710 housing units, at an average density of 453.38/sq mi (175.05/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.1% White, 8.0% Black, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 5,994 households, of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23, and the average family size was 2.85.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 244
1830 617
1840 505 −18.2%
1850 933 84.8%
1870 733
1880 1,510 106.0%
1890 2,051 35.8%
1900 2,019 −1.6%
1910 2,316 14.7%
1920 2,559 10.5%
1930 5,042 97.0%
1940 5,815 15.3%
1950 7,025 20.8%
1960 10,068 43.3%
1970 11,301 12.2%
1980 12,958 14.7%
1990 12,351 −4.7%
2000 13,019 5.4%
2010 14,028 7.8%
2020 15,014 7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

The age distribution was 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,083, and the median income for a family was $36,677. Males had a median income of $31,123 versus $20,964 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,697. About 14.1% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 20.9% 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, Glasgow has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Plaza Theater Glasgow Kentucky 03-15-2014
The Historic Plaza Theatre in Downtown Glasgow


Major employers in Glasgow include LSC Communications (formerly R. R. Donnelley, now closed), Akebono Brake Industry, Walmart, Nemak, and ACK Controls (a joint venture of Chuo Spring and Dura Automotive Systems). Other employers include South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative and Glasgow Independent Schools.


Glasgow Public Schools are part of the Glasgow Independent Schools. The district has two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Keith Hale is the Superintendent of Schools.

The city system's schools include South Green Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, Glasgow Middle School, and Glasgow High School. The Barren County School System also has schools inside the Glasgow city limits, including Barren County High School, Trojan Academy, Red Cross Elementary School. and Barren County Middle School.

Glasgow has a public library, the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library.

Notable people

Denny Doyle 1976
Denny Doyle
  • Johnny Bell (born 1965), former Majority Whip in House of Representatives of Kentucky
  • Willa Brown (1906–1992), first black woman to run for Congress (1946), and first black woman to receive a commercial pilot's license in the United States
  • Richard E. Bush (1924–2004), Master Gunnery Sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient for service during World War II
  • Kelly Craft (née Guilfoil; born 1962), Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and United States Ambassador to Canada
  • Nettie Depp (1874–1932), founder of first public four-year high school in Barren County (at Glasgow's former Liberty College), and first woman public official elected in Barren County (public school superintendent 1913–17)
  • Russell E. Dougherty (1920–2007), 4-star General and former commander of the US Air Force Strategic Air Command
  • Denny Doyle (born 1944), former Major League Baseball player
  • Julian Goodman (1922–2012), former president of NBC
  • Jim Gray (born 1953), Mayor of Lexington
  • James G. Hardy (1795–1856), former lieutenant governor of Kentucky
  • Dave Harris (born 1971), host of syndicated radio show Retro Rewind and songwriter
  • Salty Holmes (1910–1970), singer and actor
  • Darrin Horn (born 1972), former Western Kentucky University men's basketball coach, former University of South Carolina coach
  • Courtney Johnson (1939–1996), banjo player, member of New Grass Revival
  • Several members of The Kentucky Headhunters, award-winning country rock band
  • Arthur Krock (1886–1974), journalist
  • Preston Leslie (1819–1907), former governor of Kentucky
  • Louie Nunn (1924–2004), former governor of Kentucky
  • Diane Sawyer (born 1945), journalist and host of ABC World News
  • John T. Scott (1831-1891), Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court
  • Luska Twyman (1913–1988), mayor of Glasgow and first black mayor in Kentucky
  • Billy Vaughn (1919–1991), musician and band leader

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