Carrollton, Kentucky

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Carrollton is a town in Carroll County, Kentucky, at the confluence of the Ohio River and the Kentucky River. Its population was 3,846 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Carroll County.[1]

Carrollton was founded in 1794, and it was known as Port William initially. It served as the county seat of Gallatin County until 1838 when the county was split, creating Carroll County, and Port William was renamed Carrollton and became the seat of the new county. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad was built near town in 1868 and eventually became more important to the town's economy than river traffic.

It has one of the state's largest tobacco markets, and the population has remained steady since being recorded at 3,884 in the 1970 census. See Carrollton bus disaster for an important, and tragic, event in Carroll County's history.



Carrollton is located at 38°40'38" North, 85°10'17" West (38.677329, -85.171504)[2]. The town is situated on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Kentucky River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it is land and 0.44% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,846 people, 1,598 households, and 987 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,715.4 people per square mile (662.9/km²). There were 1,709 housing units at an average density of 762.3/sq mi (294.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.99% White, 2.24% (U.S. Census), 0.13% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 2.03% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.42% of the population.

There were 1,598 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

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