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Greensburg, Kentucky
Downtown Greensburg
Downtown Greensburg
Official seal of Greensburg, Kentucky
Location of Greensburg in Green County, Kentucky.
Location of Greensburg in Green County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°15′35″N 85°29′52″W / 37.25972°N 85.49778°W / 37.25972; -85.49778Coordinates: 37°15′35″N 85°29′52″W / 37.25972°N 85.49778°W / 37.25972; -85.49778
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Green
Established 1794
Incorporated 1795
Named for its county
 • Total 2.09 sq mi (5.41 km2)
 • Land 2.08 sq mi (5.38 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
600 ft (183 m)
 • Total 2,163
 • Estimate 
 • Density 994.23/sq mi (383.82/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-32968
GNIS feature ID 0493339

Greensburg is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Green County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 2,163 at the 2010 census, down from 2,396 at the 2000 census.

The Downtown Greensburg Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes the oldest courthouse west of the Allegheny Mountains.


Greensburg is located east of the center of Green County at 37°15′35″N 85°29′52″W / 37.25972°N 85.49778°W / 37.25972; -85.49778 (37.259665, -85.497863), on the north side of the Green River, a west-flowing tributary of the Ohio River. U.S. Route 68 passes through the city as Main Street; it leads northeast 11 miles (18 km) to Campbellsville and southwest 25 miles (40 km) to Edmonton. Kentucky Route 61 joins US 68 on Main Street through Greensburg; KY 61 leads northwest 40 miles (64 km) to Elizabethtown and southeast 19 miles (31 km) to Columbia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Greensburg has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.59%, is water.


The 1780 settlement was originally known as "Glover's Station", for local landowner John Glover, who received 193 acres (0.78 km2) in the area as a military grant after the American Revolution.

Following the establishment of Green County (named for Revolutionary War Maj. General Nathanael Greene) from parts of Lincoln and Nelson counties in 1792, Greensburg was laid out and established two years later as its eponymous seat of government. It was incorporated as a city a year after that. The central Public Square was also laid out in 1795 and has been retained as designed since then, with the only changes being the paving of the square with concrete and the installation of concrete dividers and parking meters in the four quadrants.

The first post office arrived in 1807 and was variously known as "Greensburg" and "Greensburg Court House" during the early 19th century.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 70
1810 132 88.6%
1830 669
1840 585 −12.6%
1860 536
1870 351 −34.5%
1880 620 76.6%
1890 552 −11.0%
1900 564 2.2%
1910 450 −20.2%
1920 488 8.4%
1930 770 57.8%
1940 1,176 52.7%
1950 1,032 −12.2%
1960 2,334 126.2%
1970 1,990 −14.7%
1980 2,377 19.4%
1990 1,990 −16.3%
2000 2,396 20.4%
2010 2,163 −9.7%
2019 (est.) 2,066 −4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,396 people, 1,061 households, and 648 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,255.4 people per square mile (484.3/km2). There were 1,190 housing units at an average density of 623.5 per square mile (240.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.99% White, 4.63% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

There were 1,061 households, out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 25.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,556, and the median income for a family was $29,818. Males had a median income of $26,065 versus $18,031 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,296. About 21.3% of families and 24.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.8% of those under age 18 and 13.5% 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, Greensburg has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

The highest recorded temperature at Greensburg was 114 °F (46 °C) on July 28, 1930.


Greensburg has a lending library, the Green County Public Library.

Notable people

  • John Richard Barret, U.S. congressman from Missouri
  • Aylette Buckner, U.S. congressman from Kentucky
  • George Washington Buckner, physician and diplomat; United States minister to Liberia from 1913 to 1915
  • Richard Aylett Buckner, U.S. congressman from Kentucky and father of Aylette Buckner
  • Mentor Graham, teacher best known for tutoring Abraham Lincoln
  • Aaron Harding, U.S. congressman from Kentucky
  • Rod Henderson, former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William Herndon, friend and biographer of Abraham Lincoln
  • Edward H. Hobson, Union Army general during the Civil War
  • Blake Judd, independent filmmaker
  • John W. Lewis, U.S. congressman from Kentucky
  • Dakota Meyer, U.S. Marine and Medal of Honor recipient
  • William Thomas Ward, Union general during the Civil War and U.S. congressman
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