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Scottsville, Kentucky
Sign welcoming visitors to Scottsville
Sign welcoming visitors to Scottsville
The Friendly City
Location of Scottsville in Allen County, Kentucky.
Location of Scottsville in Allen County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Allen
Established 1817
Incorporated 1860
Named for Gov. Charles Scott
 • Total 6.31 sq mi (16.36 km2)
 • Land 6.30 sq mi (16.32 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
761 ft (232 m)
 • Total 4,299
 • Density 682.06/sq mi (263.35/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-69114
GNIS feature ID 0503118

Scottsville is a home rule-class city in Allen County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 4,226 during the 2010 U.S. Census.


The site along Bays Fork was settled in 1797 and developed into a stagecoach station. The town was laid off in 1816 and established the next year. It was named for Kentucky's 4th governor, Charles Scott. In the early 19th century, it was also known as Allen Court House and Scottville.


Scottsville is located at 36°45′5″N 86°11′34″W / 36.75139°N 86.19278°W / 36.75139; -86.19278 (36.751504, -86.192692). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15 km2), all of it land.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 215
1850 400 86.0%
1860 403 0.8%
1870 217 −46.2%
1880 395 82.0%
1890 575 45.6%
1900 824 43.3%
1910 1,327 61.0%
1920 2,179 64.2%
1930 1,867 −14.3%
1940 1,797 −3.7%
1950 2,060 14.6%
1960 3,324 61.4%
1970 3,584 7.8%
1980 4,278 19.4%
1990 4,278 0.0%
2000 4,327 1.1%
2010 4,226 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,226 people, 1,861 households, and 1,130 families residing in the city. The population density was 728.6 per square mile (281.3/km2). There were 2,066 housing units at an average density of 356.2 per square mile (137.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.5% White, 2.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 1,861 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 20 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.66 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.54 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,960, and the median income for a family was $36,711. Males had a median income of $31,367 versus $29,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,555. About 20.3% of families and 28.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.0% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.

Mennonite community

Scottsville is home of the main settlement of the Noah Hoover Mennonites, also called "Scottsville Mennonites", a branch of Old Order Mennonites. They did not emerge from a single division, as most other Anabaptist groups, but have a long history of divisions and mergers. They moved to Scottsville in 1978, coming from Snyder County, Pennsylvania.


Scottsville Public Schools are part of the Allen County Schools School District. The district has one elementary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.

Ninth through twelfth grade students attend Allen County Scottsville High School.

Scottsville has a lending library, the Allen County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Mordecai Ham - Evangelist (born near Scottsville)
  • Jim McDaniels - Professional basketball player
  • Lattie Moore - Singer, songwriter and musician; Rockabilly Hall of Fame Member
  • Charles Napier - Actor and voice actor who was the voice of Duke Phillips
  • Harry Pulliam - Sixth President of the National League (Major League Baseball) and Democratic Kentucky legislator
  • J.L. Turner - Founder of J.L. Turner and Son, the predecessor of Dollar General, in Scottsville
  • Cal Turner - Founder of Dollar General
  • Cal Turner Jr. - Former CEO of Dollar General and son of Cal Turner
  • Norro Wilson - Nashville songwriter and record producer
  • Hillbilly Jim (James Morris) - Professional wrestler

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