Berea, Kentucky

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Berea is a city in Madison County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 9,851 at the 2000 census, a 2008 estimate put the population at 14,431. It is the fastest growing town in Kentucky and one of the fastest growing in the nation, having increased by 43.4% since 2000. Its most prominent institution is Berea College, which owns a substantial percentage of the city's land.

Due to the high number of arts and crafts produced, Berea is a tourist attraction. It hosts several Crafts Festivals throughout the year. Berea also hosts a Spoonbread Festival in mid-September, which features a cornmeal bread traditionally served with a wooden spoon.

Berea is a principal city of the Richmond–Berea Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Madison and Rockcastle counties.



Berea is located at 37°34′37″N 84°17′37″W / 37.57694°N 84.29361°W / 37.57694; -84.29361 (37.576844, -84.293555)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24.2 km²), of which 9.3 square miles (24.2 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) (0.32%) is water. Berea is in the Outer Bluegrass Region and on the border of the Cumberland Plateau. The area has a mountainous appearance, but most outcroppings in the area have a max elevation of 2500 ft.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,851 people, 3,693 households, and 2,426 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,055.4 people per square mile (407.7/km²). There were 4,115 housing units at an average density of 440.9/sq mi (170.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.44% White, 5.00% African American, 3.00% Native American, 5.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.00% of the population.

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