Ghent, Kentucky

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Ghent is a town in Carroll County, Kentucky, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 371 at the 2000 census. The name comes from the Flemish city Ghent.

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Geography

Ghent is located at 38°44′10″N 85°3′37″W / 38.73611°N 85.06028°W / 38.73611; -85.06028 (38.736116, -85.060225)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.

The community is located on U.S. Route 42 at Kentucky Route 47. Ghent is north of Interstate 71.

Ghent is on the opposite side of the Ohio River from Vevay, Indiana, but is not linked to it by a bridge.

History

Ghent was settled at the end of Eighteenth Century and was first known as "McCool's Creek Settlement." [1]. The community was established in 1814. The Town is named is derived from the Treaty of Ghent, which was signed on December 24, 1814, in Ghent, Flanders, United Kingdom of the Netherlands, which ended the War of 1812 between the United States and United Kingdom. Henry Clay suggested the town's name, he represented the United States at the Peace Commission. The Ghent Post Office opened in 1816.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 371 people, 125 households, and 103 families residing in the city. The population density was 517.4 people per square mile (198.9/km²). There were 152 housing units at an average density of 212.0/sq mi (81.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.49% White, 5.93% African American, 3.50% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.20% of the population.

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