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City of Simpsonville
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Location of Simpsonville in Shelby County, Kentucky.
Location of Simpsonville in Shelby County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Shelby
Incorporated 1833
Named for John Simpson
 • Type City Commission
 • Total 2.38 sq mi (6.15 km2)
 • Land 2.35 sq mi (6.09 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
797 ft (243 m)
 • Total 2,990
 • Density 1,270.72/sq mi (490.71/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-70752
GNIS feature ID 0503542
Interstates I-64.svg

Simpsonville is a home rule-class city in Shelby County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is located 8 miles west of Shelbyville, Kentucky and 23 miles east of Louisville situated along U.S. 60. The population was 2,484 during the 2010 U.S. Census.


Simpsonville is located at 38°13′6″N 85°21′11″W / 38.21833°N 85.35306°W / 38.21833; -85.35306 (38.218373, -85.353058). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (1.50%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 77
1850 225
1860 169 −24.9%
1870 239 41.4%
1880 253 5.9%
1890 290 14.6%
1900 203 −30.0%
1910 185 −8.9%
1920 189 2.2%
1930 181 −4.2%
1940 220 21.5%
1950 247 12.3%
1960 220 −10.9%
1970 628 185.5%
1980 642 2.2%
1990 907 41.3%
2000 1,281 41.2%
2010 2,484 93.9%
2020 2,990 20.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,484 people, 935 households, and 672 families residing in the city. The population density was 980.9 people per square mile (377.6/km2). There were 935 housing units at an average density of 395.9 per square mile (152.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.89% White, 6.80% African American, 0.52% Native American, 2.09% Asian, 2.86% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.98% of the population.

There were 935 households, out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 30.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,000, and the median income for a family was $52,560. Males had a median income of $34,688 versus $27,431 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,443. About 7.7% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.


Berea Hall Lincoln Institute
Berea Hall, the main administrative and classroom building at the Lincoln Institute

Early in its history Simpsonville had several one-room schools including Professor John W. Adams' school in the 1850s and Jordans Fairview Academy from 1868 to 1880. By 1895 it had four private schools and its first public high school (Simpsonville High School) was built in 1912. In the following decades the high school was merged with Todd's Point in 1940 and Finchville High School in 1950. The high school closed its doors in 1958 when Shelby County decided to consolidate its school system and it became Simpsonville Elementary school. Today Simpsonville is served by the Shelby County Public School system with its residents attending Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelbyville. There is also one private that serves all grades: Corpus Christi Academy.

School Simpsonville Kentucky 1923
Simpsonville High School in 1923

Following the Civil War all Kentucky schools were segregated. Simpsonville's African-American children attended Simpsonville School and Lincoln Model School. Simpsonville was also the site of the Lincoln Institute; a boarding school for African American founded in 1912. It was built by Berea College in response to the Day Law which forced segregation of all public and private educational facilities. It offered both high school and vocational training until 1966 when declining enrollment caused by Brown v. Board of Education forced it to close. Today the grounds serve as the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Job Corps Training Center.

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