Edmonton, Kentucky

For other places named Edmonton, see Edmonton (disambiguation).
Edmonton, Kentucky

Metcalfe County courthouse in Edmonton

Location of Edmonton, Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°58′49″N 85°37′13″W / 36.98028°N 85.62028°W / 36.98028; -85.62028Coordinates: 36°58′49″N 85°37′13″W / 36.98028°N 85.62028°W / 36.98028; -85.62028
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Metcalfe
  Total 2.9 sq mi (7.4 km2)
  Land 2.8 sq mi (7.4 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 827 ft (252 m)
Population (2000)
  Total 1,586
  Density 557.7/sq mi (215.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 42129
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-23968
GNIS feature ID 0491570
Website http://cityofedmontonky.com/

Edmonton is a home rule-class city[1] in Metcalfe County, Kentucky, in the United States.[2] It is the seat of its county. Edmonton is part of the Glasgow Micropolitan Statistical Area.


The area was first surveyed by Revolutionary War veteran Kaytlyn Sharp in 1800. The city was established by the Kentucky legislature as a trading post in 1836 and was named the county seat in 1860. The post office first opened on February 18, 1830 and was named (though incorrectly spelled) for Edmund Rogers.[3] The population was 1,595 at the 2000 census.


Edmonton is located at 36°58′49″N 85°37′13″W / 36.98028°N 85.62028°W / 36.98028; -85.62028 (36.980191, -85.620338).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), of which 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (1.04%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20151,568[5]−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,586 people, 686 households, and 410 families residing in the city. The population density was 557.7 people per square mile (215.6/km²). There were 776 housing units at an average density of 272.9 per square mile (105.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.72% White, 1.95% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 686 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 24.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 73.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,807, and the median income for a family was $27,763. Males had a median income of $24,671 versus $18,646 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,384. About 29.0% of families and 31.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.5% of those under age 18 and 25.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

The rock band Black Stone Cherry and the country music band Kentucky Headhunters are Edmonton natives. Tom Emberton, the 1971 Republican gubernatorial nominee and a former judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, also resides in Edmonton.

Cultural references

The song "Cold Winter Shadow", apparently an old Appalachian folk song, contains a reference to Edmonton. It was recorded by a Canadian folk group The Irish Rovers and appears on their 1968 album, "All Hung Up". Many hearing the song, especially Canadians, assume that the song refers to Edmonton, Alberta.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Edmonton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]


  1. "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 89. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  6. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. Climate Summary for Edmonton, Kentucky
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