Munfordville, Kentucky

Munfordville, Kentucky

Hart County Courthouse in Munfordville, Kentucky

Location of Munfordville, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°16′36″N 85°53′52″W / 37.27667°N 85.89778°W / 37.27667; -85.89778Coordinates: 37°16′36″N 85°53′52″W / 37.27667°N 85.89778°W / 37.27667; -85.89778
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Hart
Incorporated 1880
Named for a local landowner
  Total 2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)
  Land 2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 614 ft (187 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 1,615
  Density 646.0/sq mi (248.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 42765
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-54570
GNIS feature ID 0499104

Munfordville is a home rule-class city[1] in, and the county seat of, Hart County, Kentucky, in the United States.[2] The population was 1,615 at the 2010 U.S. census.


The settlement was once known as Big Buffalo Crossing. The current name came from Richard Jones Munford, who donated the land to establish the new county seat in 1816. Munfordville was incorporated in 1858.[3]

In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Munfordville took place in the town.


Munfordville is located at 37°16′36″N 85°53′52″W / 37.27667°N 85.89778°W / 37.27667; -85.89778 (37.276608, -85.897822).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20151,640[5]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,563 people, 698 households, and 418 families residing in the city. The population density was 619.0 people per square mile (238.5/km²). There were 776 housing units at an average density of 307.3 per square mile (118.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.33% White, 11.45% Black or African American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 698 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.82.

The age distribution was 20.7% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,015, and the median income for a family was $26,333. Males had a median income of $25,417 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,447. About 23.7% of families and 26.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 25.8% of those age 65 or over.

In 2010, Munfordville had the 20th-lowest median household income of all places in the United States with a population over 1,000.[8]

Notable people

Several government officials were born in Munfordville. Thomas John Wood, a Union general during the American Civil War and general Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. were born in Munfordville. And former home of his father Simon B. Buckner Sr, who was the former Governor of Kentucky and a 3 Star General for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Thelma Loyace Hawkins Stovall was a pioneering female Southern politician who won several statewide elective offices in Kentucky.

Munfordville was also home or birthplace to several artists. African American poet and minister, Albery Allson Whitman was born into slavery at a farm outside Munfordville. Another American poet, Davis McCombs also grew up in the same region.


  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. Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 332.
  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". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. "US Census". Retrieved 18 January 2014.
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