Booneville, Kentucky

Coordinates: 37°28′29″N 83°40′36″W / 37.47472°N 83.67667°W / 37.47472; -83.67667
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Booneville, Kentucky
Central Booneville, with the courthouse to the right
Central Booneville, with the courthouse to the right
Location of Booneville in Owsley County, Kentucky.
Location of Booneville in Owsley County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°28′29″N 83°40′36″W / 37.47472°N 83.67667°W / 37.47472; -83.67667
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMarch 1, 1847
 • TypeCity Commission
 • MayorNelson Bobrowski
 • Total1.48 sq mi (3.82 km2)
 • Land1.45 sq mi (3.75 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation709 ft (216 m)
 • Total168
 • Density116.10/sq mi (44.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code606
FIPS code21-08614
GNIS feature ID0510852[2]
WebsiteCity of Booneville

Booneville is a home rule-class city in Owsley County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 81 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Owsley County.[3] It is located at the junction of Kentucky Route 11 and Kentucky Route 30 on the South Fork of the Kentucky River.


The town was originally named Moore's Station after its chief landowner. It was renamed Boone's Station and then Booneville in honor of the American frontiersman, Daniel Boone.[4] The town, consisting at the time of little more than a temporary log courthouse, became the county seat when Owsley County was formed on May 20, 1844. From this, the settlement was also sometimes known as Owsley Court House around this time. It was formally incorporated as a city by the state assembly on March 1, 1847.[4] During the Civil War, Booneville was a crossroads for various Union and Confederate regiments, and was threatened by Confederate guerrillas, but avoided the destruction that befell some other county seats of Kentucky during the war.

The Moyers Building in Boonesville was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 81 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 111 people, 50 households, and 36 families living in the city. The population density was 176.2 inhabitants per square mile (68.0/km2). There were 56 housing units at an average density of 88.9 per square mile (34.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.10% White, and 0.90% from two or more races.

There were 50 households, out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 18.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $15,833, and the median income for a family was $17,500. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,252. There were 40.0% of families and 57.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 92.7% of under eighteen and 11.8% of those over 64.

Government and politics[edit]

Mayor Charles E. Long, in office from 1959 to his death in 2019, was one of the longest-serving mayors in US history.[8]


Booneville has a lending library, the Owsley County Public Library.[9]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Booneville, Kentucky
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State: Land Office. "Boonesville, Kentucky Archived February 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine". Accessed 22 July 2013.
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  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ Tribute To Mayor Charles Long, Booneville, Kentucky Archived 2014-01-12 at
  9. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.

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