Russell, Kentucky

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Russell is a city in Greenup County, Kentucky, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 3,645 at the 2000 census. Russell is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649. Russell has close economic affiliations with its neighbors, Ashland, Flatwoods, and Ironton, Ohio. Part of the city is located within one of Ashland's postal ZIP codes.



Russell is located at 38°31′5″N 82°41′52″W / 38.51806°N 82.69778°W / 38.51806; -82.69778 (38.518176, -82.697680)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), all of it land.

Its unique, hilly topography was first noted in 1823 by its founder, Jeff Moore, who decided that the site would serve as an excellent strategic position against attacks by local Native American tribes.[2]


Russell is located within the Russell Independent School District, which it shares with its neighbors, Flatwoods and Bellefonte. The main campus, which includes Russell High School, Russell Middle School, Russell Primary School and the Russell Area Technology Center, sit on the Russell/Flatwoods city line (all of the school's mailing addresses are Russell, but they receive primary police and fire protection from Flatwoods). In addition, the district's central office is located in downtown Russell. The Russell High School football field also is home to a fire breathing Red Devil, the school's mascot, named Rudy. Rudy sits atop the scoreboard.

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