La Center, Kentucky

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La Center is a city in Ballard County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,038 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Paducah, KY-IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.



La Center is located at 37°4′29″N 88°58′30″W / 37.07472°N 88.975°W / 37.07472; -88.975 (37.074782, -88.975091)[1].

It is geographically important because of its proximity to the confluence of the Ohio River and the Mississippi River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.


It was established in 1903 and originally named Maryville for the daughter of the owner of the land, Margaret Davis. In 1908 the town was declared to be the Center of the Universe by land developer Stoke T Payne.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,038 people, 419 households, and 261 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,351.0 people per square mile (520.5/km²). There were 492 housing units at an average density of 640.4/sq mi (246.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.40% White, 9.06% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.29% Asian, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

There were 419 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.

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