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Powderly is a city in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 846 at the 2000 census. The city is named for Terence Powderly, who opened a coal mine there in 1887.[1]



Powderly is located at 37°14′25″N 87°9′25″W / 37.24028°N 87.15694°W / 37.24028; -87.15694 (37.240274, -87.157042)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 846 people, 342 households, and 235 families residing in the city. The population density was 586.7 people per square mile (226.8/km²). There were 396 housing units at an average density of 274.6/sq mi (106.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.10% White, 2.96% African American, 0.24% Native American, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population.

There were 342 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

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