Fleming-Neon, Kentucky

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Fleming-Neon is a city in Letcher County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 840 at the 2000 census.



The city was established by the Elkhorn Coal Corporation which moved in to the area in 1913. Fleming was the location of the mine and named for its first president George W. Fleming. A city named Chip existed near the community that became Fleming and it was quickly built up and served as a trading center for the nearby coal towns. The train that hauled the coal out of Fleming would make stops in Neon and it is an accepted legend by locals that a man on the train would yell instructions to people climbing on board the train saying "Knee On" This was soon changed to Neon and replaced the name Chip. In 1977 the two towns merged becoming Fleming-Neon.[1]


Fleming-Neon is located at 37°11′40″N 82°42′21″W / 37.19444°N 82.70583°W / 37.19444; -82.70583 (37.194421, -82.705937).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 840 people, 351 households, and 244 families residing in the city. The population density was 509.0 people per square mile (196.6/km²). There were 403 housing units at an average density of 244.2/sq mi (94.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.55% White, 2.86% African American, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 351 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.88.

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