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Georgetown, Kentucky
—  City  —
Downtown Georgetown
Nickname(s): G-Town
Location of Georgetown, Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°12′52″N 84°33′20″W / 38.21444°N 84.55556°W / 38.21444; -84.55556
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Scott
Government
 - Mayor Karen Tingle-Sames (R)
Area
 - Total 13.7 sq mi (35.5 km2)
 - Land 13.7 sq mi (35.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 846 ft (258 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 18,080
 - Density 1,317.5/sq mi (508.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40324
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-30700
GNIS feature ID 0492790

Georgetown is a city in Scott County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 18,080 at the 2000 census. The Kentucky State Data Center estimates Georgetown's population at 21,074 as of July 1, 2007 [1] It is the county seat of Scott County[2]. The original settlement of Lebanon, founded by Rev. Elijah Craig, was renamed in 1790 in honor of President George Washington.[3] It is the home of Georgetown College, a private liberal arts college. Georgetown is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The city's recent growth began in the mid-1980s, when Toyota built Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, the first wholly owned United States plant, in a recently annexed part of the city. The plant, which currently builds the Camry, Solara, Venza and Avalon automobiles, opened in 1988. It is the largest building in terms of acres covered under one building in the United States, with over 200 acres (0.8 km2) occupied. The city also serves as the home of the annual training camp for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.

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Geography

Georgetown is located at 38°12′52″N 84°33′20″W / 38.21444°N 84.55556°W / 38.21444; -84.55556 (38.214542, -84.555496)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1970 8,629
1980 10,972 27.2%
1990 11,414 4.0%
2000 18,040 58.1%
Est. 2008 21,589 19.7%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 18,080 people, 6,703 households, and 4,618 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,317.5 per square mile (508.7 /km2). There were 7,209 housing units at an average density of 525.3 per square mile (202.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.68% White, 8.01% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.99% of the population.

There were 6,703 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 16.1% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,186, and the median income for a family was $50,743. Males had a median income of $36,970 versus $25,936 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,859. About 8.7% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

History

Royal Spring, the main source of water for Georgetown, Kentucky since the earliest settlement as McClelland's Station in 1775.
Cardome Centre

In late 1785 or early 1786, the European-American city of Georgetown was settled by the Rev. Elijah Craig and other Baptists who migrated with him from Virginia. The city was incorporated on December 16, 1790. Craig established some of the first mills west of the Appalachian Mountains. Craig's early mills, which were located on the Royal Spring Branch, manufactured cloth and paper.[6] He founded a distillery in 1789. Elijah Craig also founded a classical school in Georgetown, which became the basis of Georgetown College.

For his military service, Colonel John Floyd was granted by the State of Virginia a total of 1,000 acres (4.0 km2), which included the Cardome property along the north fork of Elkhorn Creek. Later the property was home to several famous people, including Kentucky Governor James F. Robinson. More recently the site was the location of a girl's academy founded by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Visitation.

The historic Ward Hall, now the home of The Ward Hall Preservation Foundation, is located just outside of Georgetown. Ward Hall was the summer home of Junius Ward. The home represents the height of the Greek Revival period of architecture in Kentucky.

The Georgetown business section has a historic district known as the Oxford Historic District.

Education

Giddings Hall on campus of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Georgetown College is a private liberal arts college located in the downtown area of Georgetown.

There are currently seven elementary schools (grades K-5) located in Georgetown and Scott County, along with three middle schools (grades 6-8) and one high school (grades 9-12). These are all part of the Scott County School system. Plans have been in progress for an additional high school and middle school within the city limits for several years due to the expanding population. Scott County High School also houses a separate (though still attached) wing for students in the ninth grade called the Ninth Grade Center. This was developed to ease the transition for students between middle school and high school. Another unique feature, the Alternative School, is also part of the Scott County High School educational complex. The Alternative School strives to give somewhat uneducated students a better education without the classroom setting. Schools located within Georgetown and Scott County include:

Culture

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Sister city

Georgetown has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

News publications

Georgetown's newspaper, the Georgetown News-Graphic, prints on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Residents of the area commonly subscribe to this locally-geared newspaper in addition to the larger Lexington daily newspaper, the Lexington Herald-Leader.[7]

Notable residents

Notable past or current residents include:

References

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Georgetown is a city in Scott County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 18,000 at the 2000 census. There is a Toyota automobile plant there.

Sister City

Georgetown has one sister city.


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