Hawesville, Kentucky

Hawesville, Kentucky

Hancock County courthouse in Hawesville, Kentucky

Location of Hawesville, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°53′56″N 86°45′20″W / 37.89889°N 86.75556°W / 37.89889; -86.75556Coordinates: 37°53′56″N 86°45′20″W / 37.89889°N 86.75556°W / 37.89889; -86.75556
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Hancock
Established 1836
Incorporated 1847
Named for a local landowner
  Mayor Charles King
  Total 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
  Land 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 518 ft (158 m)
Population (2000)
  Total 971
  Density 747.3/sq mi (288.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 42348
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-35200
GNIS feature ID 0493884

Hawesville is a 5th-class city south of the Ohio River in Hancock County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county.[1] The population was 971 at the 2000 U.S. census. It is included in the Owensboro metropolitan area.


Hawesville is located at 37°53′56″N 86°45′20″W / 37.89889°N 86.75556°W / 37.89889; -86.75556 (37.898865, -86.755570).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all land.


Upon the establishment of Hancock County in 1829, local landowner Richard Hawes Sr. (father of Rep. Richard Hawes Jr.) donated land for a county seat, free to any homesteaders who settled there. The Hawesville post office was established later that year.[3] The city was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1836.[4][5]

Despite the Immaculate Conception Church's listing on the National Register of Historic Places, it was demolished and replaced with a modern structure.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20151,002[6]6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 971 people, 409 households, and 271 families residing in the city. The population density was 747.3 people per square mile (288.4/km²). There were 441 housing units at an average density of 339.4 per square mile (131.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.25% White, 1.44% African American, 0.10% Native American, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.21% of the population.

There were 409 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,929, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $39,318 versus $22,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,985. About 12.1% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

See also


  1. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  2. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 134. Retrieved 28 Apr 2013.
  4. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Hawesville, Kentucky". Accessed 29 Jul 2013.
  5. "Dictionary of Places: Hawesville". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0-403-09981-1.
  6. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  7. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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