Glasgow, Kentucky

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Glasgow, Kentucky

South Green Street in Glasgow, KY

Location of Glasgow, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°0′1″N 85°55′13″W / 37.00028°N 85.92028°W / 37.00028; -85.92028Coordinates: 37°0′1″N 85°55′13″W / 37.00028°N 85.92028°W / 37.00028; -85.92028
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Barren
Established 1799
Named for the Scottish hometown of the family of William Logan
  Mayor Dick Doty
  Total 15.5 sq mi (40.2 km2)
  Land 15.4 sq mi (40.0 km2)
  Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 755 ft (230 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 14,028
  Density 908/sq mi (350.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 42141, 42142, 42156
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-31114
GNIS feature ID 0492876

Glasgow is a home rule-class city[1] in Barren County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county.[2] The population was 14,028 at the 2010 U.S. census.[3] The city is well known for its annual Scottish Highland Games. In 2007, Barren County was named the number one rural place to live by The Progressive Farmer magazine.[4] Glasgow is the principal city of the Glasgow micropolitan area, which comprises Barren and Metcalfe counties.


Glasgow is located in central Barren County at 37°0′1″N 85°55′13″W / 37.00028°N 85.92028°W / 37.00028; -85.92028 (37.000375, -85.920229).[5] U.S. Route 31E and U.S. Route 68 intersect at the center of the city, and the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway passes south of downtown, with access from three exits. Bowling Green is 32 miles (51 km) to the west, Mammoth Cave National Park is 21 miles (34 km) to the northwest, Elizabethtown is 55 miles (89 km) to the north, Columbia is 37 miles (60 km) to the east, and Scottsville is 24 miles (39 km) to the southwest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Glasgow has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40.2 km2), of which 15.4 square miles (40.0 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.53%, is water.[3]


The city of Glasgow was established by the state assembly in 1799.[6] The same year, the community was selected as the seat of a new county, owing to its central location, its large spring, native John Gorin's donation of 50 acres (20 ha) for public buildings, and its being named for the Scottish hometown of the father of William Logan, one of the two commissioners charged with selecting the county seat. A post office was established in 1803, and the town received its city rights in 1809.

Historic homes

All across Glasgow are historic homes that can date back to the early 1800s. The most popular part of town with these homes is South Green Street, this street has many historic houses that have many different architectural styles including Colonial, Federal, and Victorian. Each house has its own unique history and they are owned and taken care of with great pride by their owners.

Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University was originally in Glasgow when it was established in 1875, but 10 years later it moved to its present-day location in Bowling Green and serves as WKU's main campus. Since 1998, WKU has operated a regional campus in Glasgow.[7][8]

Civil War

The Civil War affected many smaller towns like Glasgow. There are many places that were part of the Underground Railroad in Glasgow, such as Big Spring Bottom for keeping horses and the Spotswood House on North Race Street for hiding slaves. Other places include the Old Glasgow Seminary Home on East Main Street, this house has several rooms dug out in the earth with tunnels running into them for keeping the slaves hidden and safe.

George Washington in Glasgow

Former U.S. President George Washington had a half-brother named Augustine Washington, Jr. who was the spouse to Anne Aylett Washington and had a daughter named Elizabeth Washington. Elizabeth Washington married to Alexander Eliot Spotswood and were given a home and land from George Washington (Elizabeth's Uncle) in Glasgow. The home is still here to this day on North Race Street, it is currently owned by the Kiser family and it is known as the Spotswood Home. (Named this after its first owner, Alexander Spotswood.)


As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 14,208 people, 5,994 households, and 3,619 families residing in the city. The population density was 960.0 inhabitants per square mile (370.7/km2). There were 6,710 housing units, at an average density of 453.38/sq mi (175.05/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.1% White, 8.0% Black, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 5,994 households, of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.6% 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 2.23, and the average family size was 2.85.

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201514,470[10]3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

The age distribution was 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 82.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,083, and the median income for a family was $36,677. Males had a median income of $31,123 versus $20,964 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,697. About 14.1% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.


Glasgow is governed by a mayor and city council. In November 2008, the city voted Yes on Proposition 8, making it legal for restaurants to sell liquor by the drink to the public. Also, in April 2010, the city council voted for a citywide smoking ban in all indoor public places. The ban began officially on June 22, 2010.

In May 2012, Karen Davis lost the re-election for the Commonwealth Attorney to John Gardner. Gardner is a native of Glasgow and he is also a local attorney at Richardson Gardner and Alexander Law Office in Glasgow.

On November 4, 2014, City Councilman Dick Doty defeated Incumbent Rhonda Trautman in the City's Mayor race. Doty became Mayor effective January 1, 2015.

In May 2014, the election for Judge Executive came down to Republican candidate David Honeycutt and Democratic candidate Micheal Hale. In November 2014, Micheal Hale defeated David Honeycutt to become the new Judge Executive in Barren County.

On November 4, 2014, Kent Keen was elected sheriff of Barren County.

In the mid-1990s, Glasgow began its own cable system for television and Internet access. The municipal service has saved its residents $32 million over proprietary providers.[12]


Glasgow Public Schools are part of the Glasgow Independent Schools. The district has two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. D. Sean Howard is the Superintendent of Schools.[13]

Schools located in Glasgow include South Green Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, Glasgow Middle School and Glasgow High School.

The city also has a Barren County School District, it consists of Barren County High School, The Trojan Academy. Barren County Middle School, and several elementary schools that are located all across Barren County.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Glasgow has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[14]

The Historic Plaza Theatre in Downtown Glasgow


Major employers in Glasgow include LSC Communications (formerly R. R. Donnelley, Akebono Brake Industry, Walmart, Nemak, and ACK Controls (a joint venture of Chuo Spring and Dura Automotive Systems). Other employers include South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative and Glasgow Independent Schools.[15]

Notable people

See also


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  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. 1 2 "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Glasgow city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  4. Link, Joe. Progressive Farmer. "Best Places: Barren County, Kentucky."
  5. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Glasgow, Kentucky". Accessed 28 Jul 2013.
  7. WKU Glasgow. "WKU Glasgow".
  8. Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 116. Retrieved 28 Apr 2013.
  9. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  11. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. "Glasgow Independent Schools". Glasgow Independent Schools. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  14. "Glasgow, Kentucky Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
  15. Search Results - Glasgow, Kentucky - ReferenceUSA Current Businesses
  16. "Women Aviators".
  17. The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 455. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.
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