Tompkinsville, Kentucky facts for kids
Downtown Tompkinsville, Kentucky
Location of Tompkinsville, Kentucky
|• Total||3.8 sq mi (9.9 km2)|
|• Land||3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|Elevation||919 ft (280 m)|
|• Density||727.4/sq mi (280.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||270 & 364|
|GNIS feature ID||0505341|
Tompkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Monroe County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 2,402 at the 2010 census, down from 2,660 in 2000. The city was named after Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins who served under President James Monroe, for whom the county was named.
Site of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's first raid of his famous First Kentucky Raid. July 9, 1862, Morgan's Raiders, coming from Tennessee on their first raid into Kentucky, attacked Major Thomas J. Jordan's 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry at USA garrison. Raiders captured 30 of retreating enemy and destroyed tents and stores. They took 20 wagons, 50 mules, 40 horses, sugar and coffee supplies. At Glasgow they burned supplies, then went north, raiding 16 other towns before returning to Tennessee.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (4.69%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,660 people, 1,169 households, and 702 families residing in the city. The population density was 727.4 people per square mile (280.6/km²). There were 1,321 housing units at an average density of 361.2 per square mile (139.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.47% White, 8.95% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.
There were 1,169 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the city, the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 76.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $18,267, and the median income for a family was $23,361. Males had a median income of $21,587 versus $16,541 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,975. About 24.5% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.8% of those under age 18 and 23.9% of those age 65 or over.
- Tim Lee Carter - US Representative from Kentucky
- Joe H. Eagle - US Representative from Texas.
- Elois Grooms - Former defensive lineman in the National Football League.
- Samuel B. Maxey - A Major General for the Confederacy in the Civil War who later represented Texas in the U.S. Senate.
- Pearl Carter Pace - First woman sheriff in Kentucky.
- Eagle Keys - American football coach and player of Canadian football
- James Comer - Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture
- Hascal "Hack" Haile - Renowned guitar luthier
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