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Hickman, Kentucky
Fulton County Courthouse in Hickman
Fulton County Courthouse in Hickman
Location of Hickman in Fulton County, Kentucky.
Location of Hickman in Fulton County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Fulton
Named for Paschal Hickman
 • Total 3.58 sq mi (9.27 km2)
 • Land 3.55 sq mi (9.19 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
469 ft (143 m)
 • Total 2,365
 • Density 666.38/sq mi (257.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-36298
GNIS feature ID 0494109

Hickman is a city in and the county seat of Fulton County, Kentucky, United States. Located on the Mississippi River, the city had a population of 2,365 at the 2020 U.S. census and is classified as a home rule-class city. Hickman is part of the Union City micropolitan area.


European-American settlement of this area did not begin until decades after the American Revolutionary War. James Mills built the first cabin on the site in 1819. The community of Mills Point was large enough to receive a post office in 1830. Around 1834, G. Marr purchased much of the surrounding area and laid out more streets.

The community was renamed Hickman in 1837 after the maiden name of Marr's wife. The city was formally incorporated by the state assembly on February 18, 1841. In 1845, it became the county seat.

Two floods devastated Hickman, the first in 1912 and the second in 1913. The flood of 1912 began when a levee located near Hickman broke. Within a few hours the water had risen to the roofs of houses. The flood of 1913 began when a levee near West Hickman broke on April 4. Baseball pitcher Rube Waddell was among the many who helped save the city during both floods. Waddell came down with pneumonia after each flood and subsequently died of tuberculosis.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2), of which 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) is land and 0.28% is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hickman has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 401
1860 1,006 150.9%
1870 1,120 11.3%
1880 1,264 12.9%
1890 1,652 30.7%
1900 1,589 −3.8%
1910 2,736 72.2%
1920 2,033 −25.7%
1930 2,321 14.2%
1940 2,268 −2.3%
1950 2,037 −10.2%
1960 1,537 −24.5%
1970 3,048 98.3%
1980 2,894 −5.1%
1990 2,689 −7.1%
2000 2,560 −4.8%
2010 2,395 −6.4%
2020 2,365 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Hickman Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 1,438 60.8%
Black or African American 760 32.14%
Native American 5 0.21%
Asian 1 0.04%
Pacific Islander 5 0.21%
Other/Mixed 90 3.81%
Hispanic or Latino 66 2.79%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 2,365 people, 752 households, and 385 families residing in the city.

Notable people

  • Amy L. Bondurant, former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr., President of Indiana University


Hickman has a public library, a branch of the Fulton County Public Library.

See also

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