Gamaliel, Kentucky

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Gamaliel is a city in Monroe County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 439 at the 2000 census.

Around 1836, James Crawford and John Hayes saw that a town was springing up and donated ten acres of land, at a point where their farms met, to be used for educational and religious purposes. On this property a building was erected and use for school and church, and in 1844 a cemetery was added. In making the grant they stipulated that seven trustees should be appointed to administer this property along the lines provided by the donors. The original trustees were William Crawford, Maston Comer, John Hayes, Robert Welch, James Crawford, Jr., Charles Browning, Jr. and John Meador. This act of incorporation was passed by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky on December 19, 1840.

Samuel DeWitt, local preacher & teacher, said Gamaliel was a good bible name and this was a good village and the town took the name that he suggested. His reference to Gamaliel mentioned in The Holy Bible, Acts 5:34. Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

Geography

Gamaliel is located at 36°38′24″N 85°47′36″W / 36.64°N 85.79333°W / 36.64; -85.79333 (36.639956, -85.793372)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 439 people, 196 households, and 129 families residing in the city. The population density was 520.4 people per square mile (201.8/km²). There were 213 housing units at an average density of 252.5/sq mi (97.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.95% White, 0.46% Native American, 1.37% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.59% of the population.

There were 196 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,833, and the median income for a family was $29,000. Males had a median income of $22,167 versus $16,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,940. About 11.2% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

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