Frankfort city, Kentucky

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Frankfort city, Kentucky

Frankfort city, Kentucky
Incorporated:February 28, 1835
- Total:25.527 (2010)
- Density:1.701,8/sq mi (671,8/sq km)
Area code(s):502
Time zone:(EST) (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:16 sq mi (39 sq km)
- Land:15 sq mi (38 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (1 sq km)
- % water:2,56 %

Quick information summary of the Frankfort city area.

Frankfort city is located in the state of Kentucky. It occupies the area of 16 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 15 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Frankfort city lies at +38.1926510, -084.8663698 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 25.527 living in the Frankfort city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (77.07%), Black or African American (16.47%) and Two or More races (2.94%). Median age is 35 for the males and 39 for the females.

Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky and county seat of Franklin County. It is the fourth smallest US state capital and only the fourteenth-largest city in the state of Kentucky. According to the US Census Bureau, Frankfort had 27,741 in 2000. The city is located on the Kentucky River, it occupies 15 square miles and lies in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5).

Frankfort got its name after an event that occurred in the 1780s. A group of British pioneers was making salt at a ford in the Kentucky River and one of them, by the name of Stephen Frank, was attacked by Native Americans and killed. His companions named the area Frank’s Ford in his honor, and the name later merged into Frankfort.

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Statistical data for the Frankfort city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
19,67477.07 %
Black or African American alone
4,20516.47 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
720.28 %
Asian alone
3631.42 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
50.02 %
Some Other Race alone
4571.79 %
Two or More races
7512.94 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Frankfort city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Frankfort city part within the Subdivision
Franklin County 49.285- Frankfort city part25.527
Frankfort CCD 46.507- Frankfort city part25.527

Profile of the Frankfort city

History Frankfort

The first piece of land in the area of present-day Frankfort was purchased in 1786. It was located on the north shore of the Kentucky River, at the site of the current downtown Frankfort. In 1792, after Kentucky became a US state, a group of commissioners was appointed to select the state capital. Several towns were in play but Frankfort won. Two years later, Frankfort got its first post office. The home of the governor, today known as the Old Governor’s Mansion, was completed in 1798. It is considered to be the oldest executive residence still in use in the entire USA. The Old Capitol (the third but not the final Kentucky state capitol) was built in 1829 and used until 1910.

When the Civil War started, Union troops built several fortifications surrounding and overlooking Frankfort, on what is now known as the Fort Hill. The city was occupied by the Confederates for a short while but it was soon liberated.

In 1900, the newly elected governor of Kentucky William Goebel was assassinated just as he was approaching the capitol. The former Secretary of State Caleb Powers was convicted as an accessory to murder.

The real growth and development of Frankfort came in the 1960s. Several new government buildings were built, and so was the Capitol Plaza, with the city’s tallest building, the Capitol Plaza Office Tower.

Frankfort Geography and Climate

Frankfort is located in the inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, a region in the northern portion of the state that contains the majority of the state’s population and also its largest cities. The Kentucky River, making an s-turn, passes right through the city and forms four distinct areas of Frankfort. Downtown and South Frankfort are located in the river valley and stand directly across the river from each other. There are also suburban areas on both sides of the valley, called West Frankfort and East Frankfort.

Frankfort, much like the rest of Kentucky, has a humid subtropical climate. The summers are hot and humid and winters mild to cool.


According to the 2000 U.S. Census, in 2000 Frankfort had 27,741 inhabitants. The largest demographic group were Whites (81.84%), followed African Americans (14.7%), Hispanics or Latinos (1.48%), Asians (0.94%), Native Americans (0.13%) and Pacific Islanders (0.03%).

Frankfort Economy

In 2000, the median household income in the city was $34,980 and the city per capita income was $20,512. According to the census, 13.9% of the population lived below the poverty line in 2000.

A large part of the economy in Frankfort relies on the state government, which is also the largest employer. The city’s manufacturing industry is based on wheels and other parts for cars, parts of the heating industry, tools, dye, pallets, fabrics and wood furniture.

Frankfort also hosts several producers of Kentucky Bourbon whiskey, most notably the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

The city is a trading center of the central Kentucky. The authorities are constantly working towards attracting new manufacturers and other industries to the city and inviting them to expand their operations. In order to create the most favorable economic climate for new companies, the city is constantly improving its infrastructure, especially the water supply, roads and such. In addition, it offers incentives such as low-rate loans for capital investments.

The most produced goods in Frankfort are bourbon, corn, candy, tobacco, plastics, textiles, furniture, electronic parts, automotive parts, as well as thoroughbred horses.

Culture in Frankfort

Much of the city culture in Frankfort is centered around its history of the state capital and also on its role in the American Civil War. Kentucky Historic Center is the best place in the city to explore its culture and history, and it also offers access to a research library and several educational programs.

The Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center hosts various musical, cultural and sporting events. Other major attractions in Frankfort and its surroundings include The Bluegrass Theatre Guild, The Capital Art Guild and the RiverPark Center.

Kentucky is considered to be the birthplace of bluegrass music and this genre is widely featured in Frankfort. Various indoor and outdoor venues host bluegrass shows throughout the year and each summer the city hosts the Bluegrass Festivals. Other festivals and annual events in the city include Capital Expo Arts & Crafts Festival, Franklin County Fair & Horse Show, the Kentucky Folklife Festival, Kentucky Book Fair and Many Cultures One Art Quilt Festival.


The major university in the city is the Kentucky State University, a historically black university. It consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Public Affairs and the Whitney M. Young, Jr. College of Leadership Studies.

The city has two school districts, two public high schools and one private high school. Frankfort, as well as the rest of the Franklin County, have a considerable homeschooling population.


Frankfort does not have a commercial passenger airport. The locals usually use Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport or Louisville International Airport. Mass transport in the city is provided by Frankfort Transit System.

Statistical data for the Frankfort city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
19,67477.07 %
Black or African American alone
4,20516.47 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
720.28 %
Asian alone
3631.42 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
50.02 %
Some Other Race alone
4571.79 %
Two or More races
7512.94 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
24,56696.24 %
Hispanic or Latino
9613.76 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
24,56696.24 %
White alone
19,28778.51 %
Black or African American alone
4,16316.95 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
560.23 %
Asian alone
3531.44 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
40.02 %
Some Other Race alone
390.16 %
Two or More races
6642.70 %
Hispanic or Latino
9613.76 %
White alone
38740.27 %
Black or African American alone
424.37 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
161.66 %
Asian alone
101.04 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
10.10 %
Some Other Race alone
41843.50 %
Two or More races
879.05 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
6,05354.34 %
Husband-wife family
3,63159.99 %
Other family
2,42240.01 %
Male householder, no wife present
56423.29 %
Female householder, no husband present
1,85876.71 %
Nonfamily households
5,08745.66 %
Householder living alone
4,27083.94 %
Householder not living alone
81716.06 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Frankfort city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Frankfort city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Frankfort city center


  • Capital City Airport [2.2 mi] [3.54 km]
  • Boone National Guard Heliport [1.92 mi] [3.09 km]


  • Devils Hollow [1.08 mi] [1.73 km]


  • Trumbo Bottom [1.31 mi] [2.1 km]


  • Benson Bridge [1.07 mi] [1.72 km]


  • Franklin County Fire Department Station 8 Industrial Park Station [3.8 mi] [6.12 km]
  • Frankfort City Fire Department Station 3 [1.96 mi] [3.16 km]
  • Kentucky National Guard Armory [2.03 mi] [3.26 km]
  • Kentucky National Guard Shop [2.14 mi] [3.45 km]
  • Frankfort City Fire Department Station 1 [0.69 mi] [1.12 km]
  • Frankfort City Fire Department Station 2 [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • Frankfort City Fire Department Station 4 [1.93 mi] [3.11 km]


  • Frankfort Cemetery [0.15 mi] [0.24 km]
  • Greenhill Cemetery [1.7 mi] [2.74 km]
  • Choatville Church Cemetery [3.13 mi] [5.04 km]


  • Frankfort Division [0.52 mi] [0.83 km]
  • Choateville Census Designated Place [2.68 mi] [4.31 km]


  • Hillcrest Church [2.11 mi] [3.39 km]
  • Highland Church [1.89 mi] [3.05 km]
  • Choateville Church [3.11 mi] [5.01 km]
  • Crestwood Church [2.06 mi] [3.31 km]


  • City of Frankfort [0.09 mi] [0.15 km]


  • Frankfort State Hospital [0.28 mi] [0.45 km]


  • Fishtrap Island (historical) [1.09 mi] [1.76 km]


  • Silver Lake [2.63 mi] [4.23 km]


  • Jett Railroad Station (historical) [3.04 mi] [4.9 km]
  • Graben Tavern (historical) [3.37 mi] [5.42 km]
  • Whippoorwill Golf Course [2.77 mi] [4.45 km]
  • Jones Railroad Station (historical) [2.61 mi] [4.2 km]
  • Haydons Station (historical) [0.38 mi] [0.61 km]
  • Foster Tavern (historical) [3.25 mi] [5.23 km]
  • Hoge [2.49 mi] [4 km]
  • Cliffside Railroad Station (historical) [0.22 mi] [0.36 km]
  • Frankfort Country Club [2.17 mi] [3.49 km]
  • Brighton Park Mill (historical) [2.12 mi] [3.41 km]
  • Franks Ford (historical) [1.02 mi] [1.64 km]
  • John Major Station (historical) [3.41 mi] [5.48 km]
  • Spaghetti Junction [1.87 mi] [3.01 km]
  • Ezra Brooks Distillery (historical) [2.77 mi] [4.46 km]
  • Silver Lake Farm (historical) [2.7 mi] [4.35 km]
  • Kennebec Railroad Station (historical) [2.81 mi] [4.52 km]


  • Hawkeegan Park [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]
  • State Game Farm [2.4 mi] [3.87 km]
  • Capitol View Park [0.81 mi] [1.3 km]
  • Juniper Hill Municipal Park [1.28 mi] [2.06 km]

Populated Place

  • Jett [2.98 mi] [4.8 km]
  • Slickway [3.67 mi] [5.91 km]
  • Bon Air Hills [2.23 mi] [3.6 km]
  • Choateville [2.3 mi] [3.71 km]
  • Frankfort [0.68 mi] [1.1 km]
  • Kennebec [2.72 mi] [4.38 km]

Post Office

  • Jett Post Office (historical) [2.99 mi] [4.82 km]


  • Pea Ridge [3.71 mi] [5.97 km]


  • Collins Lane Elementary School [1.58 mi] [2.54 km]
  • Chrutcher School (historical) [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]
  • Murray Street School [0.27 mi] [0.43 km]
  • Frankfort State School [0.21 mi] [0.34 km]
  • Frankfort County High School [0.56 mi] [0.9 km]
  • Holmes Saint School [0.64 mi] [1.02 km]
  • Kentucky State College [0.85 mi] [1.36 km]
  • Choatville School (historical) [3.11 mi] [5 km]
  • East School [1.99 mi] [3.2 km]
  • Elkhorn Middle School [2.02 mi] [3.25 km]


  • Cave Spring (historical) [1.68 mi] [2.7 km]
  • Colemans Spring (historical) [0.65 mi] [1.04 km]
  • Kennebec Spring (historical) [2.66 mi] [4.29 km]


  • Yeatmans Branch [0.6 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Benson Creek [1.11 mi] [1.79 km]
  • South Benson Creek [3.99 mi] [6.42 km]
  • Brighton Branch [3.92 mi] [6.3 km]


  • Buttimer Hill [1.33 mi] [2.13 km]
  • Fort Hill [1.08 mi] [1.73 km]


  • WVBA-FM (Frankfort) [1.74 mi] [2.8 km]
  • WKED-AM (Frankfort) [2.7 mi] [4.35 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
FrankfortDivision Of Sales Use Tax40619
FrankfortFrankfort40622, 40621, 40620, 40619, 40601, 40618, 40604, 40603, 40602
FrankfortKy Dept Human Resources40621
FrankfortKy Dept Of Revenue40618, 40620
FrankfortKy Dept Of Transportation40622

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