Dawson Springs, Kentucky

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Dawson Springs is a city in Caldwell and Hopkins counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The population was 2,980 at the 2000 census. It is the birthplace of current governor of Kentucky, Steve L. Beshear.



Dawson Springs is located at 37°10′18″N 87°41′21″W / 37.17167°N 87.68917°W / 37.17167; -87.68917 (37.171799, -87.689190)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.2 km²), of which, 3.9 square miles (10.2 km²) of it is land and 0.25% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,980 people, 1,214 households, and 801 families residing in the city. The population density was 755.8 people per square mile (292.0/km²). There were 1,353 housing units at an average density of 343.2/sq mi (132.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.72% White, 0.94% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population. There were 1,214 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.7 males.

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