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Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Main Street
Main Street
Location of Smiths Grove in Warren County, Kentucky.
Location of Smiths Grove in Warren County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Warren
 • Total 0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Land 0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
636 ft (194 m)
 • Total 752
 • Density 964.10/sq mi (372.44/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 270
FIPS code 21-71454
GNIS feature ID 0503812

Smiths Grove is a home rule-class city in Warren County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 714 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Bowling Green, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Smiths Grove is located at 37°3′12″N 86°12′27″W / 37.05333°N 86.20750°W / 37.05333; -86.20750 (37.053448, -86.207569).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 388
1900 411
1910 726 76.6%
1920 815 12.3%
1930 718 −11.9%
1940 699 −2.6%
1950 683 −2.3%
1960 613 −10.2%
1970 756 23.3%
1980 767 1.5%
1990 703 −8.3%
2000 784 11.5%
2010 714 −8.9%
2020 752 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 784 people, 298 households, and 228 families residing in the city. The population density was 945.3 people per square mile (364.7/km2). There were 329 housing units at an average density of 396.7 per square mile (153.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.82% White, 12.12% African American, 1.91% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.91% of the population.

There were 298 households, out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,058, and the median income for a family was $43,750. Males had a median income of $32,292 versus $23,365 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,335. About 7.0% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.


Interstate 65 provides direct access to Smiths Grove via the Exit 38 interchange. KY 101 is known locally as Main Street and provides the central road through town.

Downtown Smiths Grove is bisected by a CSX Transportation line, formerly part of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

In popular culture

  • Smiths Grove is one of the key locations in the Halloween film series, although it is implied in the films that Smiths Grove is located in Illinois. John Carpenter, director and co-writer of the original Halloween film, grew up in Bowling Green, 12 miles from Smiths Grove. Smiths Grove had an infamous reputation for closing Kentucky State Highway 101 locally known as Main Street every Halloween night.


North Warren Elementary, a school in the Warren County Public School System, is located in Smiths Grove. Secondary students in Smiths Grove attend Warren East Middle and High Schools, located south of the town and north of Bowling Green.

Smiths Grove has a lending library, a branch of the Warren County Public Library.

See also

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