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Wheelwright, Kentucky
Housing on South Main Street
Housing on South Main Street
Location of Wheelwright, Kentucky
Location of Wheelwright, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Floyd
Incorporated February 6, 1917
 • Type City Commission
 • Total 1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)
 • Land 1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,138 ft (347 m)
 • Total 780
 • Density 443/sq mi (170.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-82272
GNIS feature ID 0506542

Wheelwright is a home rule-class city in Floyd County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 780 at the 2010 census, down from 1,042 at the 2000 census.


Changing shifts at the mine portal in the afternoon. Inland Steel Company, Wheelwright ^1 & 2 Mines, Wheelwright... - NARA - 541450
The town produced coal for the Inland Steel Company

Founded by the Elk Horn Coal Company in 1916, it was named for the company's president at that time, Jere H. Wheelwright. After the mine was abandoned, the Kentucky Housing Corporation purchased the town, rehabilitated the homes, and sold the homes to residents.


Wheelwright is located at the southern end of Floyd County at 37°19′53″N 82°43′9″W / 37.33139°N 82.71917°W / 37.33139; -82.71917 (37.331465, -82.719064), in the valley of the Right Fork Otter Creek. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), all land.

There is just one way in and out of the city, via the Junction Bridge, located in Bypro, also referred to as "Wheelwright Junction", on state route 122. The original metal structure was replaced by concrete in 1959. This bridge is now known as the Timothy Hall Memorial Bridge, in honor of City Commissioner Timothy Hall, who died in a car crash.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 506
1930 1,822 260.1%
1940 2,027 11.3%
1950 2,037 0.5%
1960 1,518 −25.5%
1970 793 −47.8%
1980 865 9.1%
1990 721 −16.6%
2000 1,042 44.5%
2010 780 −25.1%
Est. 2015 551 −29.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,042 people, 203 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density was 598.0 people per square mile (231.2/km²). There were 236 housing units at an average density of 135.4 per square mile (52.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 63.15% White, 34.74% African American, 0.10% Asian, 1.25% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.73% of the population.

There were 203 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city, the population was spread out with 13.7% under the age of 18, 22.7% from 18 to 24, 43.4% from 25 to 44, 13.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 290.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 330.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $14,808, and the median income for a family was $20,625. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $16,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $5,367. About 36.8% of families and 40.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.0% of those under the age of 18 and 11.6% of those ages 65 and older.

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