Cumberland, Kentucky

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Cumberland is a city in Harlan County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 2,611 at the 2000 census and was estimated at 2,291 in 2007.



Cumberland was settled in 1826 and named Poor Fork. It remained isolated until the coal mining boom of the 1900s when railroads connected it with surrounding towns. It was renamed Cumberland in 1926.


Cumberland is located at 36°58′37″N 82°59′15″W / 36.97694°N 82.9875°W / 36.97694; -82.9875 (36.977016, -82.987434)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.9 km²), of which, 4.6 square miles (11.9 km²) of it is land and 0.22% is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,611 people, 1,076 households, and 723 families residing in the city. The population density was 570.5 people per square mile (220.1/km²). There were 1,288 housing units at an average density of 281.4/sq mi (108.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.60% White, 5.09% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 1,076 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.95.

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