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Covington, Kentucky
—  City  —
Location in Kenton County, Kentucky, USA
Coordinates: 39°3′54″N 84°30′35″W / 39.065°N 84.50972°W / 39.065; -84.50972
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Kenton
Founded 1815
 - Type Council-Manager form of government
 - Mayor Denny Bowman (D)
 - Total 13.7 sq mi (35.4 km2)
 - Land 13.1 sq mi (34.0 km2)
 - Water 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Elevation 509 ft (155 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 43,370
 Density 3,301.3/sq mi (1,274.4/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41011-41012, 41014-41019
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-17848
GNIS feature ID 0490167

Covington is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 43,370; it is the fifth-most-populous city in Kentucky. [1] It is one of two county seats of Kenton County.[2] Covington is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. Covington is part of the Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky metropolitan area and is separated from Cincinnati by the Ohio River and from Newport by the Licking River. Covington is located within the Upland South region of the United States of America; it is also acknowledged as a Midwestern city.



Covington was established in 1814 when John Gano, Richard Gano, and Thomas Carneal purchased 150 acres (0.6 km2) on the west side of the Licking River at its confluence with the Ohio River, referred to as "the Point," from Thomas Kennedy for $50,000. The city was incorporated by the Kentucky General Assembly a year later. Covington experienced growth during most of the 19th century, only to decline during the Great Depression and the middle 20th century. The city has seen some redevelopment during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.


Covington is located at 39°3′54″N 84°30′35″W / 39.065°N 84.50972°W / 39.065; -84.50972 (39.065111, -84.509594)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35.4 km2), of which, 13.1 square miles (34.0 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km2) of it (3.88%) is water.


Covington is located within a climatic transition zone; it is nestled within the southern end of the humid continental climate zone and the northern periphery of the Humid subtropical climate of the Upland South, with hot, humid summers and cool winters. Evidence of both a humid subtropical climate and a humid continental climate can be found here, particularly noticeable by the presence of plants indicative of each climatic region; for example, the Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) from the subtropics and the Blue spruce from cooler regions are successful landscape plants in and around Covington, Kentucky. The occasional wall lizard and five-lined skink may also be observed scurrying along a rock wall lending a bit of subtropical ambiance to the area.


A view of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge from Covington on the south bank of the Ohio River with Cincinnati in the background.
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 743
1840 2,026 172.7%
1850 9,408 364.4%
1860 16,471 75.1%
1870 24,505 48.8%
1880 29,720 21.3%
1890 37,371 25.7%
1900 42,938 14.9%
1910 53,270 24.1%
1920 57,121 7.2%
1930 65,252 14.2%
1940 62,018 −5.0%
1950 64,452 3.9%
1960 60,376 −6.3%
1970 52,535 −13.0%
1980 49,585 −5.6%
1990 43,264 −12.7%
2000 43,370 0.2%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 43,370 people, 18,257 households, and 10,132 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,301.3 people per square mile (1,274.4/km²). There were 20,448 housing units at an average density of 1,556.5/sq mi (600.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.05% White, 10.14% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.38% of the population.

There were 18,257 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.3% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.5% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.08.

The age distribution was 25.9% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,735, and the median income for a family was $38,307. Males had a median income of $31,238 versus $24,487 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,841. About 15.5% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Noted residents

Daniel Carter Beard, Boyhood Home

Historic Churches

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington

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