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City of Florence, Kentucky
—  City  —
Florence Y'all Water Tower
Location of Florence, Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°59′36″N 84°38′33″W / 38.99333°N 84.6425°W / 38.99333; -84.6425Coordinates: 38°59′36″N 84°38′33″W / 38.99333°N 84.6425°W / 38.99333; -84.6425
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Boone
Established 1830
Incorporated February 17, 1860
Area
 - Total 9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2)
 - Land 9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 925 ft (282 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 23,551
 Density 2,385.6/sq mi (921.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 41022, 41042
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-27982
GNIS feature ID 0492266
Website www.florence-ky.gov

Florence is a city in Boone County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 23,551 at the 2000 census, but estimated to be 27,745 in 2008.

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History

The Florence area was originally known as Crossroads, because of the convergence of several roads from Burlington and Union at Ridge Road (now U.S. 25). By 1821, the area was known as Maddentown, named for Thomas Madden, a Covington attorney who owned a farm on the Burlington Pike. When Madden moved away, the area became known as Connersville in 1828, for Jacob Conner, a settler who assumed responsibility for the growing town. The town was renamed Florence as another Connersville already existed in Harrison County.[1] It was incorporated on January 27, 1830 and grew quickly after the completion of the Covington-Lexington Turnpike in 1836.[2]

Geography

Florence is located at 38°59′36″N 84°38′33″W / 38.99333°N 84.6425°W / 38.99333; -84.6425 (38.993225, -84.642602).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.9 square miles (26 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 23,551 people, 9,640 households, and 6,073 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,385.6 per square mile (921.1 /km2). There were 10,322 housing units at an average density of 1,045.6 per square mile (403.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.44% White, 2.67% African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.50% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.58% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.80% of the population.

There were 9,640 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.03.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 250
1920 268 7.2%
1930 450 67.9%
1940 776 72.4%
1950 1,325 70.7%
1960 5,837 340.5%
1970 11,661 99.8%
1980 15,586 33.7%
1990 18,586 19.2%
2000 23,551 26.7%
Est. 2008 27,745 17.8%
U.S. Census Bureau[5]

24.9% of the population was under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,567, and the median income for a family was $52,160. Males had a median income of $36,677 versus $26,323 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,451. About 8.1% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

In terms of population, Florence gained 2.2% over one year and gained 14.2% over the course of the decade. As of June 2008, the city's population was 27,745 citizens.[6] It is the sixth largest city in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.

Landmarks

Florence is well known in surrounding cities for a water tower visible from I-75 that reads "Florence Y'all". Originally the tower advertised the up-and-coming Florence Mall, as part of an agreement by the mall developers who donated the land for the tower. However, because the mall was not built yet, the tower violated highway regulations, and the city was forced to change it within a short deadline. Rather than repaint the entire tower, they simply painted over the two vertical lines of the "M" to create a "Y". The intent was to change it back when the mall was built, but the local residents liked the tower's new proclamation, so the city decided to leave it as it was.

Culture

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Sports

The city is home to the Florence Freedom independent minor league baseball team. The Freedom have played at Champion Window Field in Florence since the venue's completion in 2004.[7]

Notable natives

External links

References

  1. ^ "Florence" in The Kentucky Encyclopedia John E. Kleber, ed. (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky), 1992.
  2. ^ Boone County Historical Society, Florence, Boone County, Kentucky (Florence, KY: The Society), 1958.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/decennial/ Retrieved on 2010-1-8
  6. ^ Information obtained from Rutledge, Mike. "Census Finds Growth Spurts in N.Ky." The Cincinnati Enquirer, 28th June 2007. [1]
  7. ^ Florence Freedom at flhistory.com, URL accessed January 1, 2010. Archived 12/31/09

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