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Hopkinsville, Kentucky

  •   State: 
    Christian County
      County FIPS: 
    36°51′17″N 87°29′20″W
      Area total: 
    31.96 sq mi (82.79 km²)
      Area land: 
    31.83 sq mi (82.44 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.14 sq mi (0.35 km²)
    528 ft (161 m)
    1804; Incorporated 1853
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Clarksville, TN-KY
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    979.61 residents per square mile of area (378.23/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. The area of present-day Hopkinsville was initially claimed in 1796 by Bartholomew Wood as part of a 1,200-acre (5 km²) grant for his service in the American Revolution. Christian County was the actual birthplace of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, though his birthplace is now part of Todd County. In 1904, tobacco planters formed the Dark Tobacco District Planters' Protective Association of Kentucky and Tennessee in opposition to a corporate monopoly by the American Tobacco Company. In 1907, 250 masked Night Riders seized Hopkinsville's police station and cut off all contact with all outside contact with tobacco executives who were not members of the association. Three warehouses were burned in April of the next year, one of whose sites became Peace Park. The town was the home of South Kentucky College (est.1849) and Bethel Female College (EST.1854). It is located on the Kentucky-Tennessee border and is located in the Black Patch region of the Kentucky Bootleggers' State. The city was founded in 1797 as "Christian Court House" by John Campbell and Samuel Means. The community tried to rename itself "Elizabeth" after the Woods' eldest daughter, but another town in Hardin County preëmpted the name, and the Kentucky Assembly established the town in 1804 as "Hopkinville" after veteran and state representative Samuel Hopkins.


The area of present-day Hopkinsville was initially claimed in 1796 by Bartholomew Wood as part of a 1,200-acre (5 km²) grant for his service in the American Revolution. Christian County was the actual birthplace of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, though his birthplace is now part of Todd County, Kentucky. In 1904, tobacco planters formed the Dark Tobacco District Planters' Protective Association of Kentucky and Tennessee in opposition to a corporate monopoly by the American Tobacco Company (ATC) The ATC used their monopoly power to reduce the prices they paid to farmers. Many farmers continued to sell independently or secretly, prompting the association to form a "Silent Brigade" to pressure such farmers into compliance. With societal pressure seeming to fail, the Silent Brigade (probably under Dr. David A. Amoss) organized the Night Riders (not to be confused with the Ku Klux Klan) to terrorize farmers into submission. On December 7, 1907, 250 masked Night Riders seized Hopkinsville's police station and cut off all outside tobacco executives who bought from farmers who were not members of the association. In April of the next year, three warehouses who aided them were burned, and one became a Peace Park. The town was the home of South Kentucky College (est.1849) and Bethel Female College (EST.1854). In 1879, it was purchased by the L&N. Railroad. In 1868, the Evansville, Henderson, and Nashville Railroad was the first to connect Hopkinsville to surrounding cities in 1868.


Hopkinsville is located south of the center of Christian County at 36°5117N 87°2920W (36.854712, -87.488872) It has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with hot, humid summers and cool winters. Precipitation is abundant and well-spread, with an average of 49.1 inches (1,250 mm) Snowfall is light and sporadic, with a average of 9.8 inches (25 cm) According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hopkinsville has a total area of 30.8 square miles (79.8 km²) of which 30.6 square miles is land and 0.15 sq mi (0.4 km²), or 0.44%, is water. The data below was accessed via the WRCC and was collected from 1896 until 2018. It shows the population of Hopkinsville as of the United States Census Bureau for the period from 1896 to 2018. The population of the city as of 2018 was 1,816,000. The city is located in Christian County, Tennessee, at 36.5117 N 87.2920 W. It is located near the junction of Madisonville, Russellville, Oak Grove, and Clarksville, Tennessee. It has an average daily rainfall of 49 inches (1,250mm) and an average yearly snowfall of 9 inches (25 cm) It is one of the smallest cities in the state of Tennessee.


As of the census of 2010, there were 31,577 people, 12,600 households and 14,318 housing units in the city of Hopkinsville. The racial makeup of the city was 62.6% White, 31.9% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 3.5% from Hispanic or Latino origin. The 2020 census estimated the city's population was 30,683 with a median household income of $39,743 and 23% of people living in poverty. Hopkinsville is part of the Clarksville, TNKY Metropolitan Statistical Area. The four-county metropolitan area had a population of 232,000 in 2000. A July 1, 2007 estimate placed the population at 261,816. The Clarksville Metropolitan Statistical area is the 169th largest MSA in the United States. In 2003, Hopkinsville was removed from the official name as it was no longer considered a principal city. The city is located about 15 miles (24 km) to the south of Clarksville. Clarksville lies approximately 15 miles from Hopkinsville, about 30 miles (50 km) from the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. The area was officially known as the Clarksvile-Hopkinsville Metropolitanropolitan Statistical Area and included only Montgomery and Christian counties. As of 2007, the area was known as Clarksville-Hopkinville-Clarksville-Stewart-Trigg MSA, with Stewart and Trigg counties also added to the MSA.


Hopkinsville-Christian County has strong agricultural roots dating back to the settlements in the 1790s. The county is the second largest in area in Kentucky at 722 square miles (1,870 km²) The average size farm is 267 acres (1.08 km²). The Hopkinsville Community College has a technical center specializing in agricultural classes. The local 4-H group is extremely active serving over a thousand members in a variety of subjects. The Western State Hospital, established in 1854 as the Western Lunatic Asylum, is an inpatient center for the treatment of mental illness. There are nine Japanese companies (wholly owned or joint ventures) in Hopkinsville, as well as one German, Spanish, Canadian and Italian. Hopkinsville was the headquarters and primary manufacturing facility for Ebonite International, one of the oldest and largest bowling ball manufacturers. The company produced 60 percent of the world's bowling balls before their closing in November 2019 when they were purchased by Brunswick Bowling Products. The top employers in the city were: According to Hopkinsville's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers were: American, British, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Canadian. Christian County is home to a wide range of businesses and industries, including Fortune 500 companies. It has been a strong and consistent leader in the production of corn, winter wheat, soybeans, and tobacco. Other key production includes burley tobacco, alfalfa hay, other hay, cattle, and calves and milk production.


Hopkinsville is intersected by US 41, US 41A, US 68, and the Interstate 169 (formerly Pennyrile Parkway) A four-lane bypass almost completely circles the city. All commercial air traffic for residents and visitors to Hopkinsville use Nashville International Airport. Hopkinsville is served by the Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport, a general aviation airport with one 5,502-foot (1,700 m) runway.Railroad service was inaugurated in Hopkinsville on April 8, 1868, by the Evansville, Henderson, & Nashville Railroad. The Ohio Valley Railroad, purchased by the Illinois Central Railroad (now Illinois Central Gulf) in 1897, was built from Gracey to HopkinsVILLE in 1892 and abandoned in the 1980s. In 1903, the western division of the Tennessee Central Railway entered Christian County at Edgoten (Edge-of-Tennessee) and connecting Clarksville and Hopkinsville. In 1990, the U.S. Department of Defense operated the portion of the line between Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell for a few years. The line was abandoned in 1990 and replaced by an extension of the I-169 to meet I-24 in southern Christian County near Fort Campbell. In 2010, a four- lane bypass was completed around the city, connecting US 68 Bypass to I-16. The bypass is the route for US 68 bypass, which was built in the 1960s and 1970s. It was completed in three phases. Phase One took the parkway to the US 68 bypass. Phase Two extended it to Lover's Lane. Phase Three, completed in late 2010 but not opened until early 2011, extended the parkways to meetI-24.

Attractions and points of interest

Every September, the Trail of Tears Indian Pow-Wow comes to town. The Pennyroyal Area Museum, located in the old post office building downtown, has exhibits on the history of Hopkinsville and the Pennyrile region. Every May, Hopkinsville hosts Little River Days, a two-day family fun festival featuring road running, canoe racing, a bicycle tour, arts and crafts, food vendors and live entertainment. The city is also known for the KellyHopkinsville encounter, "a series of connected incidents of alleged close encounters with supposed extraterrestrial beings" The city was the closest metropolitan area to the point of greatest eclipse on August 21, 2017, which occurred about 12 miles (19 km) northwest of the city center in nearby Cerulean, Kentucky. The opening text of the horror-comedy film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes notes that Hopkinsville was invaded by millions of black birds in 1975. While damage was caused around Hopkinsville, the birds actually roosted in nearby Fort Campbell. In 1974, the city acquired the old Post Office building from the U.S. government for use as an educational museum. Exhibits include the night riders of the Black Patch Tobacco Wars; Edgar Cayce, famed local clairvoyant; Jefferson Davis; period room settings; a pioneer bedroom; a miniature circus; antique quilts; black history; historic modes of transportation; as well as historical license plates from Kentucky. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Sister city

Sister city of Carentan, France (since 2019) Sister city of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Belgium (since 2013) Sister sister city of Montpellier, France, since 2014. Sister sister of Montmartre, Belgium, since 2013. Sister city to Saint-Eustache, Belgium. Sister cities to Mont-Maurice, Belgium and Saint-Laurie, France. sister city to Mont Saint-Michel, Belgium; Saint-Omer, Brittany, France; Saint Germain, Belgium: Saint-Mauroy, France: Saint Germaine, France  (since 2015) Sister town to Mont St Germain-Bourg, Brittany (since 2014), Saint-Paul, France ("since 2015"), Saint-Sulpice, France "since 2016" Sister town of Mont-Lépine, Belgium ("since 2016") Sister city  of Mont St-Mégantic, Belgium "since 2017" Sister city of Saint Germaine, Belgium "(since 2018) Sister city of Mont-Sémillon, Belgium (since 2016) sister city of Saint Laurier, Belgium (since 2017) Sister City of Mont Saint Mérogis, Switzerland (since 2012) SisterCity of Mont Saint Merengues, Belgium(since 2013), Sister City of Mont St Mèsé, Switzerland ("since 2012") Sister  city of  Mont Sèvre, France "(since 2014).


Hopkinsville is part of the Christian County Public Schools system. Christian County High School, Hopkinsville High School and two Gateway Academy Campuses will be consolidated into one College & Career Academy High School. There are three private schools in Hopkinsville: Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, a Catholic school serving students from preschool through eighth grade, and University Heights Academy, a college preparatory school. Hopkinsville has a lending library, the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library. It served the community until 1977, then sat vacant until restoration was begun in 2007. It is now open and available for rent as an event space. The exterior has been completely restored. The Hopkinsville Carnegie Library was opened in 1914. The ground floor of the library is currently open and open to the public. It has been restored and is now available to rent as a venue. The library is located on the second floor of a building on the west side of the town. It was built in 1914 and served as a public library until 1977. It now serves as a community center and event space for Hopkinsville and the surrounding area. It also has a private library, which is open to public use. There is also a private Christian school, Heritage Christian Academy, which serves students from Preschool through twelfth grade. The school is located in the town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It will be closed in the Fall of 2024, with the opening of the new school planned for the Fall semester of 2024. The new school will be located on a former high school site.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky = 67.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 80. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 79. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Hopkinsville = 4.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 31,180 individuals with a median age of 37.3 age the population grows by 7.13% in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 979.61 residents per square mile of area (378.23/km²). There are average 2.4 people per household in the 13,007 households with an average household income of $36,896 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.40% of the available work force and has dropped -1.55% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.50%. The number of physicians in Hopkinsville per 100,000 population = 155.


The annual rainfall in Hopkinsville = 49.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 9.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 113. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 203. 90 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 24.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 34, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky which are owned by the occupant = 56.14%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 37 years with median home cost = $88,510 and home appreciation of 0.53%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $6.40 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,266 per student. There are 17.1 students for each teacher in the school, 494 students for each Librarian and 351 students for each Counselor. 6.74% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 10.11% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.81% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Hopkinsville's population in Christian County, Kentucky of 7,280 residents in 1900 has increased 4,28-fold to 31,180 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 53.88% female residents and 46.12% male residents live in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky.

    As of 2020 in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky are married and the remaining 42.30% are single population.

  • 18.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Hopkinsville require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.96% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 12.46% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.54% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.66% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, 56.14% are owner-occupied homes, another 38.22% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.64% are vacant.

  • The 43.81% of the population in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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