Wilmore, Kentucky

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Wilmore is a city in Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,905 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all of it land.



Wilmore has two institutions of higher learning: Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary. While both are named after Francis Asbury, they are separate institutions. Given the size of the student bodies relative to the size of Wilmore, they have a significant role in the town.


Wilmore is home to the Ichthus Music Festival, a gathering of Christian musical artists and speakers. Ichthus is an annual event usually occurring in June.

Wilmore also hosts the Highbridge Film Festival. Established in 2005 as the Asbury College Film Festival, this has been the primary showcase for films produced by Asbury University's Media Communications students, but all entries are accepted.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,905 people, 1,638 households, and 1,215 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,239.1 per square mile (864.5 /km2). There were 1,740 housing units at an average density of 659.8 per square mile (254.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.53% White, 1.93% African American, 0.14% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 1,638 households out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.8% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.14.

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