Owingsville, Kentucky

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Owingsville is a city in Bath County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,488 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Bath County[1], and located roughly in the center of the county, at the junction of US 60 and Kentucky Route 36.

Owingsville is part of the Mount Sterling Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Land for the town was donated by Richard Menefee, a politician and father of Representative Richard Hickman Menefee, and Thomas Dye Owings, owner of a local iron foundry. A local story is that both men wanted to name the town, and the honor was given to Owings after he won a contest to build a finer home. The town was incorporated in 1829.

Owingsville is the birth place of Civil War general John Bell Hood, Indiana governors Henry S. Lane and Claude Matthews and Tennessee governor Alvin Hawkins.



Owingsville is located at 38°8′34″N 83°45′58″W / 38.14278°N 83.76611°W / 38.14278; -83.76611 (38.142694, -83.766135)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there are 1,488 people, 659 households, and 419 families residing in the city. The population density is 683.7 people per square mile (263.5/km²). There are 720 housing units at an average density of 330.8/sq mi (127.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.23% White, 3.97% African American, 0.13% Native American, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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