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Raceland, Kentucky
Location of Raceland, Kentucky
Location of Raceland, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Greenup
Established July 31, 1915
Named for Raceland horse race track
 • Total 2.49 sq mi (6.44 km2)
 • Land 2.49 sq mi (6.44 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 545 ft (166 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,424
 • Density 974/sq mi (376.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41169
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-63858
GNIS feature ID 0501513

Raceland is a home rule-class city in Greenup County, Kentucky, United States, in the Ohio River valley. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,424.

Raceland is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702.


The city of Raceland and the land surrounding it were part of a 5,000-acre (20 km2) Revolutionary War grant to Abraham Buford. His son, Charles Buford, divided up the land and sold it in tracts. Eventually, one of the tracts was bequeathed to Benjamen Chinn, who sold his tract in town lots. He gave the town the name "Chinnville". Its first post office was established on March 7, 1910. It became an incorporated city on July 31, 1915.

In 1924, Jack O. Keene (who later established Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky), opened Raceland Race Course near the city. Due to this, the town was renamed Raceland on April 1, 1925. The racetrack was eventually abandoned and the city was once again named Chinnville, but on April 1, 1930, the city was again named Raceland.


Raceland is located in eastern Greenup County at 38°32′13″N 82°43′52″W / 38.53694°N 82.73111°W / 38.53694; -82.73111 (38.537003, -82.731137). It is bordered to the north by the city of Worthington, to the southeast by the city of Flatwoods, and at its far northwest corner by the city of Wurtland. U.S. Route 23 (Seaton Avenue) is the main highway through Raceland, leading southeast 7 miles (11 km) to Ashland and northwest 25 miles (40 km) to Portsmouth, Ohio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Raceland has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,088
1940 1,046 −3.9%
1950 1,001 −4.3%
1960 1,115 11.4%
1970 1,857 66.5%
1980 1,970 6.1%
1990 2,256 14.5%
2000 2,355 4.4%
2010 2,424 2.9%
Est. 2015 2,387 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,355 people, 935 households, and 707 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,068.3 people per square mile (413.3/km²). There were 1,002 housing units at an average density of 454.5 per square mile (175.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.07% White, 0.47% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.04% Asian, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% of the population.

There were 935 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,500, and the median income for a family was $37,955. Males had a median income of $38,906 versus $19,189 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,537. About 10.6% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

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