Mount Vernon, Kentucky

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Mount Vernon is a city in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 2,592 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Rockcastle County. It is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 25 and 150, two miles west of Interstate 75.

Mount Vernon is part of the RichmondBerea Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The area was first settled in 1790 around a feature called Spout Springs. Much of the area was originally swampland. The settlement was named for George Washington's home, Mt. Vernon. The Wilderness Road was routed through in 1792, and was the principal settlement when Rockcastle County was created in 1810.

In 1883, a Louisville & Nashville railroad branch was built through the town, connecting it to Louisville and to Knoxville. The county's first newspaper, the Mount Vernon Signal, began publication in 1887. Although still a largely rural town and county, the construction of I-75 in the 1970s has drawn some industry to the area, and the population has increased about 50% from 1,639 in 1970.


Mount Vernon is located at 37°22′1″N 84°20′15″W / 37.36694°N 84.3375°W / 37.36694; -84.3375 (37.367018, -84.337409)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (14.56%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,592 people, 1,126 households, and 681 families residing in the city. The population density was 816.2 people per square mile (314.7/km²). There were 1,241 housing units at an average density of 390.8/sq mi (150.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100% White.

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