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Nortonville, Kentucky
Walnut Street in Nortonville
Walnut Street in Nortonville
Location of Nortonville in Hopkins County, Kentucky.
Location of Nortonville in Hopkins County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°11′16″N 87°27′22″W / 37.18778°N 87.45611°W / 37.18778; -87.45611Coordinates: 37°11′16″N 87°27′22″W / 37.18778°N 87.45611°W / 37.18778; -87.45611
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Hopkins
Incorporated 1873
 • Total 1.19 sq mi (3.09 km2)
 • Land 1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
404 ft (123 m)
 • Total 1,204
 • Estimate 
 • Density 991.38/sq mi (382.91/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-56910
GNIS feature ID 0499617

Nortonville is a home rule-class city in Hopkins County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 1,204 as of the 2010 census.


Nortonville was incorporated by the state legislature in 1873 under the name Norton. Nortonville celebrated its centennial in 1972, having established a post office in 1871 and request incorporation in 1872. Nortonville owes its existence to the railroad industry and is named for Eckstein Norton, a Kentucky-born investment banker who started as a clerk in a country store in Russellville, Kentucky in 1846. Eckstein Norton participated in the creation of the Elizabethtown & Paducah Railroad in the late 1860s (east-west tracks). He then purchased 2000 acres of land in what would become Norton Village, later changed to Nortonville around 1900. Norton became a shipping agent for the Illinois Central Railroad, which eventually acquired the Elizabethtown & Paducah Railroad. The north-south railroad. named the Evansville, Henderson and Nashville. was completed through Nortonville in 1872. It was purchased in a foreclosure sale in 1879 by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Norton became president of the L&N Railroad on October 6, 1886. Nortonville in 1886 was one of only nine towns to have a steam hoist operated in the L&N Railroad's system to unload and transfer freight. By then Nortonville was a junction of the IC and L&N Railroads. Nortonville saw growth after 1902, when investors purchased land from the Norton heirs and opened a shaft coal mine as the Nortonville Coal Company. They also operated an electric power plant.

Nortonville implemented its first water system in 1936 and paved its streets in 1956. A centralized sewage treatment system was built in the late 1970s, opening an opportunity for continued growth. The Nortonville City Hall occupies the well maintained 1930's high school building, which was built by the WPA.


Nortonville is located at 37°11′16″N 87°27′22″W / 37.18778°N 87.45611°W / 37.18778; -87.45611 (37.187660, -87.456032). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) is land and 0.89% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 49
1910 254
1920 773 204.3%
1930 829 7.2%
1940 989 19.3%
1950 909 −8.1%
1960 755 −16.9%
1970 699 −7.4%
1980 1,336 91.1%
1990 1,209 −9.5%
2000 1,264 4.5%
2010 1,204 −4.7%
2019 (est.) 1,150 −4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,264 people, 525 households, and 363 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,136.3 people per square mile (439.7/km2). There were 584 housing units at an average density of 525.0 per square mile (203.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.44% White, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.08% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 525 households, out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,222, and the median income for a family was $31,466. Males had a median income of $27,986 versus $17,176 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,179. About 17.9% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.1% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.


Nortonville is also the junction of U.S. Highways 41 and 62; the Pennyrile Parkway and one mile south of the junction of Interstate 69.


Local schools include Southside Elementary; South Hopkins Middle School and Hopkins County Central High School.

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