Owenton, Kentucky

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Owenton is a city in Owen County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,387 at the 2000 census and was estimated at 1,461 in 2009. [1] It is the county seat of Owen County.[2] It is located at the junction of US 127 and Kentucky Route 22, about halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati.

Owenton was founded in 1822 and named for the county, which was named for Colonial Abraham Owen, a pioneer who died at the Battle of Tippecanoe. The town incorporated on December 18, 1828. The Greek Revival courthouse was built in 1857-58.

Owenton's growth in the late 19th century and beyond was limited because a railroad was never built to it. Its population has grown slightly from 1,280 in 1970.

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Geography

Owenton is located at 38°32′12″N 84°50′22″W / 38.53667°N 84.83944°W / 38.53667; -84.83944 (38.536614, -84.839363).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.89%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,387 people, 615 households, and 340 families residing in the city. The population density was 620.4 people per square mile (239.1/km²). There were 688 housing units at an average density of 307.8/sq mi (118.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.39% White, 2.88% African American, 0.58% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.73% of the population.

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