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Newport, Kentucky
—  City  —
Location of Newport, Kentucky
Coordinates: 39°5′19″N 84°29′25″W / 39.08861°N 84.49028°W / 39.08861; -84.49028Coordinates: 39°5′19″N 84°29′25″W / 39.08861°N 84.49028°W / 39.08861; -84.49028
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Campbell
 - Total 3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 - Land 2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 512 ft (156 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 17,048
 Density 6,267.8/sq mi (2,420.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41071-41072
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-55884
GNIS feature ID 0499438
The Campbell County Courthouse in Newport, Kentucky

Newport is a city in Campbell County, Kentucky, United States, at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. The population was 17,048 at the 2000 census. Historically, it was one of four county seats of Campbell County.[1] Newport is part of the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio Metro Area which comprises over 2 million inhabitants. [1]. Today, Newport is becoming the entertainment community of the fast-growing Northern Kentucky area while its neighboring cities--Bellevue and Covington--become the business centers.[2]



Settled about 1791, on land granted to George Muse, purchased by James Taylor Sr. and settled by his son James Taylor, Jr.. Newport was incorporated as a town in 1795 and in 1850 Newport received a city charter. In 1803 the Ft. Washington military post was moved from Cincinnati to become the Newport Barracks. In 1900, 28,301 people lived in Newport, Kentucky; in 1910, 30,309; in 1920, 29,317; and in 1940, 30,631.

Newport once had the reputation of "Sin City" due to its upscale gambling casinos on Monmouth street.[3] Monmouth also had many men's stores, nice restaurants, and ice cream parlors.[3] Investigations for racketeering pushed out the casinos, which were replaced by peep shows and adult strip clubs.[3] Many of the old businesses disappeared when parking became difficult on Monmouth street and the commercial district opened on the hill of south Newport.[3]

In the 1980s and 1990s Newport made plans to develop its riverfront and core to focus primarily on "family friendly" tourism, instead of the "Sin City" tourism of the past. In May 1999 the $40-million Newport Aquarium opened, and the historic Posey Flats apartments were leveled in favor of the Newport on the Levee entertainment complex, which opened the following year.

In 1997 plans were announced for a 1,015-foot structure called the "Millennium Tower" were revealed.[4] The tower's main selling point was that building it would be financed by private money, as opposed to tax-payer money.[4] The tower was expected to be completed by 2003,[5] but investors later pulled out and no construction was done. Today the site for the tower is a parking lot next to the World Peace Bell.

County seat

Newport was the county seat of Campbell County, Kentucky from 1797 until 1823, and then again from 1824 until 1840.[6] In the 19th Century, the overwhelming majority of the population lived in Newport and the surrounding cities. Many citizens did not like traveling south to Alexandria to conduct county business, as southern Campbell County was primarily undeveloped.

In 1883, Newport successfully lobbied the state legislature, in Frankfort, for an exception to state law, which both required that a county seat be located in the center of the county, and that certain county business only be conducted at the county seat. Frankfort passed a special law, creating the Newport Court House District, and within that district, the Newport Courthouse Commission which functioned as a special taxing district, so that an additional courthouse could be built, and business could take place in Newport, in addition to Alexandria. In 2008, the Kentucky General Assembly removed the taxing authority from the Courthouse Commission, but left the District and Commission intact.

The special Courthouse Commission legislation has led to a misconception that Newport was also a county seat, and that Campbell County was dual-seated. However, a recent court ruling clarified that, indeed, Alexandria is the only county seat, and Newport is not a county seat.[7] It explained that "In 1840, pursuant to an act of the Kentucky Legislature, the county seat, then located at Newport, was established at Alexandria. No evidence has been presented to this court that this formal designation of Alexandria as the county seat of Campbell County has ever changed. Evidence provided by the Defendants that Newport is considered a county seat or one of two county seats by historians, encyclopedias (editor's note: Wikipedia was cited in this case by the Defendants) and government agencies is based upon practical realities of how county government and the court system have functioned, pursuant to law, in Campbell County for the past 150 years. However, none of the special acts related to the Newport Court House District ever designated Newport as the county seat."


Newport is located at 39°5′19″N 84°29′25″W / 39.08861°N 84.49028°W / 39.08861; -84.49028 (39.088661, -84.490206)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.7 km² (3.0 mi²). 7.0 km² (2.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (8.42%) is water.

Newport, Kentucky is located within the Bluegrass region found in the Upland South of the United States of America. Newport is also commonly, but technically inaccurately, referred to as being located in the Midwest. Either description of Upland South or Midwest is acceptable due to Newport being located at the extreme periphery of both regions.


Newport is located within a transition zone and is proximal to the extreme northern limit of the humid subtropical climate of the Southeastern United States.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 106
1810 413 289.6%
1830 715
1860 10,046
1870 15,087 50.2%
1880 20,433 35.4%
1890 24,918 21.9%
1900 28,301 13.6%
1910 30,309 7.1%
1920 29,317 −3.3%
1930 29,744 1.5%
1940 30,631 3.0%
1950 31,044 1.3%
1960 30,070 −3.1%
1970 25,998 −13.5%
1980 21,587 −17.0%
1990 18,871 −12.6%
2000 17,048 −9.7%
Est. 2008 [9] 15,766 −7.5%

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 17,048 people, 6,975 households, and 4,045 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,420.0/km² (6,267.8/mi²). There were 7,828 housing units at an average density of 1,111.2/km² (2,878.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.67% White, 5.50% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.68% of the population.

There were 6,975 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.4% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,451, and the median income for a family was $32,858. Males had a median income of $29,337 versus $22,723 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,207. About 20.7% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.1% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.


East Row Historic District, Newport, Kentucky

Landmarks lost


Newport's waterfront

There are a number of restaurants in the city, attracting residents from the surrounding cities. Many are located in the popular Newport on the levee.[13] Some are listed below:

  • The Chart House
  • Don Pablo's
  • York Street Cafe[14]
  • Graeter's Ice Cream
  • Hooters
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Jefferson Hall
  • Moca Restaurant
  • Claddagh Irish Pub[15]
  • Mitchell's Fish Market[16]
  • Hofbräuhaus Newport
  • Beer Sellar
  • Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
  • BRIO Tuscan Grille[17]
  • Dewey's Pizza[18]
  • AOI Japanese Cuisine
  • Bar Louie
  • Levee Perk
  • Casual Chinese Restaurant
  • Hong Kong Grand Buffet
  • 1st Wok
  • Sis's Family Affair & Catering
  • La Mexicana

Some local restaurants that are city institutions:


  • A pivotal scene (toothpicks) in the movie Rain Man was filmed in Newport at Pompilio's, a local restaurant.
  • Former Republican presidential hopeful Gary Bauer grew up in Newport.[20]
  • One of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History" Dave Cowens grew up in Newport

See also


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey McMurray, Associated Press (2007-07-07). "Cities divide to conquer growth". Lexington Herald-Leader/ Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hughes, John (January 6, 2000). "For Whom the Bell Tolls". City Beat. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ a b Ramos, Steve (August 10, 2000). "The Return of Newport's Erection". City Beat. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  5. ^ Flynn, Terry (August 8, 2000). "More than money needed for tower". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  6. ^ Alexandria and Newport Courthouses, Campbell County Historian Jim Reis
  7. ^ Judge: Alexandria the only county seat, The Kentucky Enquirer, 2009-05-12. Accessed 2009-05-28.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Retrieved on 2010-1-10
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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External links


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

NEWPORT, a city of Campbell county, Kentucky, U.S.A., on the Ohio River opposite Cincinnati, Ohio, and at the mouth of the Licking River opposite Covington, Ky. Pop. (1900) 28,301, of whom 4081 were foreign-born and 424 were negroes; (1910 census) 30,309. It is served by the Louisville & Nashville, and the Chesapeake & Ohio railways, and by electric lines to Covington, Cincinnati, Bellevue, Fort Thomas and Dayton. With Cincinnati and Covington it is connected by bridges. In the highlands, about 3 m. back of the city, is Fort Thomas, a United States military post, established in 1888 to supersede Newport Barracks (5804), in the city, which were abandoned in 1894. Newport is essentially a residential suburb of Cincinnati, but it is also industrially important. In 1905 the value of the factory product was $5,231,084, Newport ranking third among the manufacturing centres of the state. Newport was settled late in the 18th century, was laid out in 1791, was incorporated as a town in 1795, and was chartered as a city in 1834.

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