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Stanton, Kentucky
Powell County Courthouse in Stanton
Powell County Courthouse in Stanton
Nature's Bridge to the Mountains
Location of Stanton in Powell County, Kentucky.
Location of Stanton in Powell County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Powell
Incorporated March 9, 1854
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 2.28 sq mi (5.91 km2)
 • Land 2.28 sq mi (5.90 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
673 ft (205 m)
 • Total 3,251
 • Density 1,428.38/sq mi (551.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-73164
GNIS feature ID 0515661

Stanton is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Powell County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 2,733 at the 2010 census.

Stanton is the birthplace of Hall of Fame thoroughbred horse trainer Woody Stephens.


The first post office to be located in present-day Stanton was established on July 7, 1849 and was named Beaver Pond, because of the settlement's proximity to a small body of water resulting from a beaver dam. In 1852, both the post office and the settlement were renamed Stanton for Richard H. Stanton, who served in Congress from 1849 to 1855 and later as a U.S. senator.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Stanton (and nearby Clay City) were booming logging centers for Eastern Kentucky. The city was also connected to much of the country by a railroad that went through the city and county. Since then the railroad has been removed. The original train depot still exists and is home to the Powell County Tourism Association.


Stanton is located at 37°50′51″N 83°51′33″W / 37.84750°N 83.85917°W / 37.84750; -83.85917 (37.847610, -83.859250). Stanton lies in the floodplain of the Red River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all land.


During the first weekend in August, Stanton conducts the annual Corn Festival. The Corn Festival has been a tradition in Stanton for many years. The first ever festival was on August 5–6, 1989. The festival includes many events, such as corn eating contests, talent shows, beauty competitions, car shows, and corn hole tournaments. The festival also includes many booths exhibiting/selling local art, etc. The festival draws around 5,000 people annually.

Another event that happens in Stanton is the Powell County Fair. The fair is always conducted on the second week in September. It is held at the local Lion's Club Park (Powell County Fairgrounds). The fair includes many booths of people advertising their businesses, political positions, etc. It also includes few rides but many events. The events include truck/tractor pulls, greasy pig competition, baby pageants, etc.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 59
1870 73 23.7%
1880 98 34.2%
1900 192
1910 278 44.8%
1920 311 11.9%
1930 423 36.0%
1940 625 47.8%
1950 635 1.6%
1960 753 18.6%
1970 2,037 170.5%
1980 2,691 32.1%
1990 2,795 3.9%
2000 3,029 8.4%
2010 2,733 −9.8%
2020 3,251 19.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,733 people, 1,048 households, and 667 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,365.5 people per square mile (535.8/km2). There were 1,048 housing units at an average density of 524 per square mile (262.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.5% White, 2.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 1,048 households, out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.0% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8.9% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 31.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,750, and the median income for a family was $29,781. Males had a median income of $25,081 versus $20,432 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,521. About 19.5% of families and 31.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.


Public education in Stanton is administered by Powell County School District. The district operates Bowen Elementary School, Stanton Elementary School, Powell County Middle School, Powell County High School, and Powell County Alternative School.

Stanton has a lending library, the Powell County Public Library.

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