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La Grange, Kentucky
Downtown La Grange
Downtown La Grange
Location of La Grange in Oldham County, Kentucky.
Location of La Grange in Oldham County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Oldham
Incorporated January 23, 1840
Named for Lafayette's French estate
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
Area
 • Total 7.30 sq mi (18.91 km2)
 • Land 7.22 sq mi (18.69 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.22 km2)
Elevation
863 ft (263 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 10,067
 • Density 1,394.90/sq mi (538.58/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
40031–40032
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-43480
GNIS feature ID 0495884

La Grange is a home rule-class city in Oldham County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 8,082 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census. It is the seat of its county. An unusual feature of La Grange is the CSX Transportation street-running mainline track on Main Street.

History

La Grange was founded in 1827 when the Oldham county seat was relocated from Westport at the suggestion of Maj. William Berry Taylor. The new town was named for Château de la Grange-Bléneau, the French country estate of Gilbert du Motier, the American Revolutionary hero better known as the Marquis de Lafayette, who had visited the area in 1824. For unknown reasons, the county seat returned to Westport from 1828 to 1838 before settling at La Grange. The city was formally incorporated by the state legislature on January 23, 1840.

The La Grange Little League team participated in the 2011 Little League World Series.

Geography

La Grange is located at 38°24′24″N 85°22′46″W / 38.40667°N 85.37944°W / 38.40667; -85.37944 (38.406612, -85.379382).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.14 square miles (18.5 km2), of which 7.06 square miles (18.3 km2) is land and 0.84 square miles (2.2 km2) (1.17%) is water.

Climate

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 233
1870 612
1880 490 −19.9%
1890 670 36.7%
1900 646 −3.6%
1910 1,152 78.3%
1920 1,060 −8.0%
1930 1,121 5.8%
1940 1,334 19.0%
1950 1,558 16.8%
1960 2,168 39.2%
1970 1,713 −21.0%
1980 2,971 73.4%
1990 3,853 29.7%
2000 5,676 47.3%
2010 8,082 42.4%
2020 10,067 24.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,082 people, 2,964 households, and 2,087 families residing in the city. The population density was 1131.4 people per square mile (436.8/km2). There were 3,189 housing units at an average density of 446.4 per square mile (172.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.3% White (83.5% non-Hispanic), 4.7% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 4.6% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 8.9% of the population.

There were 2,964 households, out of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a single female householder, 5.1% had a single male householder, and 29.6% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.17.

The age distribution was 29.8% under 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 or older. The median age was 33.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

Education

La Grange has a lending library, a branch of the Oldham County Public Library.

Notable people

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