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LaCenter, Kentucky
Broadway (KY 358)
Broadway (KY 358)
Location of La Center in Ballard County, Kentucky.
Location of La Center in Ballard County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Ballard
 • Total 0.60 sq mi (1.57 km2)
 • Land 0.60 sq mi (1.57 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
367 ft (112 m)
 • Total 872
 • Density 1,441.32/sq mi (556.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-43336
GNIS feature ID 0495882

LaCenter, formerly and often informally written as La Center, is a home rule-class city in Ballard County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 1,009 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous community in the county. It is part of the Paducah micropolitan area.


LaCenter is located at 37°4′29″N 88°58′30″W / 37.07472°N 88.97500°W / 37.07472; -88.97500 (37.074782, -88.975091). It is geographically significant because of its proximity to the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2), all land.


La Center
Historical marker in La Center

The Kentucky Secretary of State is unclear upon the city's date of incorporation, but the LaCenter Woman's Club claims it was originally named Merriville, then Ballard Center, then finally La Center after its purchase by the La Center Land Company in 1902.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 426
1920 627 47.2%
1930 637 1.6%
1940 591 −7.2%
1950 593 0.3%
1960 682 15.0%
1970 1,044 53.1%
1980 1,044 0.0%
1990 1,040 −0.4%
2000 1,038 −0.2%
2010 1,009 −2.8%
2020 872 −13.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,038 people, 419 households, and 261 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,351.0 people per square mile (520.5/km2). There were 492 housing units at an average density of 640.4 per square mile (246.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.40% White, 9.06% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.29% Asian, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

There were 419 households, out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 26.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,188, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $32,813 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,317. About 13.9% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Bob DeWeese, served as a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1993 to 2016, representing the 48th district
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