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Island, Kentucky
Adams Avenue on the city's south side
Adams Avenue on the city's south side
Location of Island in McLean County, Kentucky.
Location of Island in McLean County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County McLean
Incorporated Before 1908
Named for a local farm
Area
 • Total 0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Land 0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
449 ft (137 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 429
 • Density 1,273.00/sq mi (492.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
42350
Area code(s) 270
FIPS code 21-39700
GNIS feature ID 0495040

Island is a home rule-class city in McLean County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 458 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Owensboro metropolitan area.

It is named for Judge William Worthington's early 19th-century 8-square mile estate, known as The Island from the way high tide on the Green and other nearby rivers would maroon it from adjacent land. Between 1829 and 1860, the local post office operated as Worthington. The Owensboro and Nashville Railroad connected the area in 1872; the station and new post office were known as Island Station. Both were shortened to Island in 1882.

Geography

Island is located at 37°26′33″N 87°8′48″W / 37.44250°N 87.14667°W / 37.44250; -87.14667 (37.442444, -87.146633). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 647
1920 623 −3.7%
1930 694 11.4%
1940 626 −9.8%
1950 566 −9.6%
1960 462 −18.4%
1970 410 −11.3%
1980 532 29.8%
1990 446 −16.2%
2000 435 −2.5%
2010 458 5.3%
2020 429 −6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 435 people, 182 households, and 123 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,237.8 people per square mile (479.9/km2). There were 210 housing units at an average density of 597.6 per square mile (231.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.31% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.46% from other races.

There were 182 households, out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $33,333 versus $15,313 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,284. About 9.5% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 21.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Bobby Veach, former MLB player
  • William Worthington - founder, Revolutionary War Veteran, Kentucky State Senator, Circuit Court Judge
  • Colonel Absalom Redmond Shacklett - Highest-ranking officer of Civil War within McLean County, American-Mexican War veteran, POW, State Legislator
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