Inez, Kentucky

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Inez is a city in Martin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 466 at the 2000 census. In 2008, Inez had an estimated population of 435.[1] It is the county seat of Martin County[2].



Although Inez was not incorporated as a city until 1942, the vicinity was first settled circa 1810 by James Ward and was named Arminta Ward's Bottom. In 1873, three years after Martin County was established, the county seat was moved from Warfield to Arminta Ward's Bottom. The town was then renamed Eden by J.M. Stepp who likened it to the biblical Eden. But, because there was already a post office in Kentucky with the same name, the post office was renamed Inez on June 23, 1874. Some time later, the town also changed it name to the post offices in order to prevent confusion. It was allegedly named by Leo Frank, the postmaster of Louisa in neighboring Lawrence County, for his daughter.[3]


Inez is located at 37°51′59″N 82°32′21″W / 37.86639°N 82.53917°W / 37.86639; -82.53917 (37.866431, -82.539058)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.


Inez is home to several industrial employers primarily focused on the area's robust energy market. A multitude of coal, gas and oil exploration and affiliated services companies call the mineral rich areas in and around Martin County and Inez home. In addition, outside the city is another major regional employer, the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Big Sandy facility.


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