Union, Kentucky

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Union is a city in Boone County, Kentucky, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 2,893.



The City of Union grew from a small settlement that may have existed as early as the late 18th century. However by the early 19th century, much of the land that now lies in Union was owned by the Fowler family, and Benjamin Piatt Fowler built his in what is now the northern area of the city c. 1817.

It has been recorded that Union was established as early as 1833, but existing documentation shows that Union was officially incorporated as a city in 1838. Why the name Union was chosen no one actually knows, but the story goes that since it was a connection point between Florence, KY and Big Bone Lick, "Union" seemed somehow appropriate. Salt was manufactured at Big Bone Lick during the early 19th century, and then brought to Union for distribution to other area settlements.


Union is located at 38°56′43″N 84°40′19″W / 38.94528°N 84.67194°W / 38.94528; -84.67194 (38.945185, -84.671866).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,893 people, 850 households, and 783 families residing in the city. The population density was 894.4 people per square mile (345.8/km²). There were 879 housing units at an average density of 271.7/sq mi (105.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.02% White, 0.55% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population. There were 850 households out of which 62.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 85.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 7.8% were non-families. 5.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40 and the average family size was 3.55.

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