Carrollton, Kentucky

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Carrollton, Kentucky
4th-class city
Downtown Carrollton with Ohio River valley in background
Downtown Carrollton with Ohio River valley in background
Motto: "Where Rivers and People Meet"
Location of Carrollton, Kentucky
Location of Carrollton, Kentucky
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Country United States
State Kentucky
County Carroll
 • Total 2.04 sq mi (5.29 km2)
 • Land 2.03 sq mi (5.27 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation 482 ft (147 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,938
 • Density 1,935/sq mi (747.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 41008, 41045
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-13024
GNIS feature ID 0488982

Carrollton is a home rule-class city[1] in and the county seat of Carroll County, Kentucky, United States,[2] at the confluence of the Ohio and Kentucky rivers. The population was 3,938 at the 2010 census.[3]


Carrollton is located in northern Carroll County at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. (38.677329, -85.171504).[4] The city is situated on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Kentucky River. It is bordered by the city of Prestonville to the west across the Kentucky River. To the north, across the Ohio River, is Switzerland County, Indiana.

U.S. Route 42 passes through the center of the community, leading northeast 54 miles (87 km) to Cincinnati, Ohio, and southwest 55 miles (89 km) to Louisville. Interstate 71 runs 4 miles (6 km) south of the city roughly parallel to US 42, with access from Exit 44.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2), of which 0.008 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.42%, is water.[3]


Carrollton was laid out in 1792,[5] and it was known as Port William initially. It served as the county seat of Gallatin County until 1838 when the county was split, creating Carroll County, and Port William was renamed Carrollton and became the seat of the new county. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad was built near town in 1868 and eventually became more important to the town's economy than river traffic.

Carrollton's most severe flood was the Ohio River flood of 1937; floodwaters crested at 79.9 feet (24.4 m).[6]

It has one of the state's largest tobacco markets, and the population has remained steady since being recorded at 3,884 in the 1970 census. In 1988, the Carrollton bus disaster garnered national attention for what was one of the worst bus collisions in United States history.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,511
1870 1,098 −27.3%
1880 1,332 21.3%
1890 1,720 29.1%
1900 2,205 28.2%
1910 1,906 −13.6%
1920 2,281 19.7%
1930 2,409 5.6%
1940 2,910 20.8%
1950 3,226 10.9%
1960 3,218 −0.2%
1970 3,884 20.7%
1980 3,967 2.1%
1990 3,715 −6.4%
2000 3,846 3.5%
2010 3,938 2.4%
Est. 2014 3,931 [7] −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 3,846 people, 1,598 households, and 987 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,715.4 people per square mile (662.9/km²). There were 1,709 housing units at an average density of 762.3 per square mile (294.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.99% White, 2.24% (U.S. Census), 0.13% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 2.03% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.42% of the population.

There were 1,598 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,818, and the median income for a family was $41,193. Males had a median income of $32,563 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,376. About 13.9% of families and 20.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.5% of those under age 18 and 26.2% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Carrollton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [10]


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