Center, Kentucky

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Population in July 2007: 2,556.
Males: 1,261  (49.3%)
Females: 1,295  (50.7%)
Median resident age:

36.5 years
Kentucky median age:

35.9 years

Zip code: 42129

Estimated median household income in 2022: $45,228 (it was $23,007 in 2000)
Center:

$45,228
KY:

$59,341

Estimated per capita income in 2022: $25,932 (it was $14,480 in 2000)

Center CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2022: $113,148 (it was $56,000 in 2000)
Center:

$113,148
KY:

$196,300

Mean prices in 2022: all housing units: $155,936; detached houses: $172,900; townhouses or other attached units: $109,058; mobile homes: $77,341
March 2022 cost of living index in Center: 83.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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  • Races in Center, KY (2000)
    • 2,38694.6%White alone
    • 893.5%Black alone
    • 200.8%Two or more races
    • 170.7%Hispanic
    • 50.2%American Indian alone
    • 30.1%Other race alone
    • 10.04%Asian alone

Races in Center detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Kentucky and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Center, Kentucky as of May 29, 2024.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Center is 852 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


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Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 806 feet

Land area: 82.0 square miles.

Population density: 31 people per square mile   (very low).

Center, Kentucky map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Center CCD:

0.4% ($199)
Kentucky:

0.8% ($610)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Louisville, KY (78.1 miles , pop. 256,231).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (344.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Hiseville, KY (2.7 miles ),
Donansburg, KY (2.8 miles ),
Edmonton, KY (3.0 miles ),
Hardyville, KY (3.2 miles ),
Gresham, KY (3.6 miles ),
Horse Cave, KY (3.7 miles ),
Summer Shade, KY (3.7 miles ),
Gradyville, KY (3.8 miles )

Latitude: 37.10 N, Longitude: 85.68 W

Area code: 270

Distribution of median household income in Center, KY in 2022
Center satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in December 2023:
Here:

4.5%
Kentucky:

3.8%
Most common industries in Center, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (18.3%)
  • Educational services (8.9%)
  • Health care (8.3%)
  • Construction (7.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.7%)
  • Transportation equipment (5.6%)
  • Metal & metal products (5.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (23.8%)
  • Construction (13.5%)
  • Transportation equipment (8.6%)
  • Metal & metal products (7.5%)
  • Printing & related support activities (3.9%)
  • Truck transportation (2.8%)
  • Repair & maintenance (2.8%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (18.2%)
  • Educational services (17.7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (10.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.5%)
  • Apparel (4.9%)
  • Petroleum & coal products (3.8%)
  • Used merchandise, gift, novelty, souvenir, other miscellaneous stores (3.6%)
Most common occupations in Center, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (12.9%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.4%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (4.1%)
  • Cashiers (3.8%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (17.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6.2%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.4%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cashiers (9.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7.2%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7.2%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6.2%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.6%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.1%)

Average climate in Center, Kentucky

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Center, Kentucky average temperatures Center, Kentucky average precipitation Center, Kentucky humidity Center, Kentucky wind speed Center, Kentucky snowfall Center, Kentucky sunshine Center, Kentucky clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Center-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Kentucky state average. It is 50% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/27/1971, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 13.1 miles away from the Center place center killed 6 people and injured 58 people.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 tornado 14.2 miles away from the place center injured 56 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Center-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Kentucky state average. It is 134% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 152.5 miles away from Center center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 122.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 152.5 miles away from Center center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 130.4 miles away from Center center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 169.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 131.4 miles away from Center center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Metcalfe County (20) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 14, Storms: 12, Mudslides: 8, Landslides: 7, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Snowstorms: 2, Winds: 2, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Center:

  • METCALFE HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; EDMONTON, KY)
  • GLENVIEW HEALTH CARE FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; GLASGOW, KY)
  • FMC - GLASGOW KIDNEY CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 14 miles away; GLASGOW, KY)
  • NHC HEALTHCARE, GLASGOW (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; GLASGOW, KY)
  • T. J. SAMSON COMM HOSP HOME CARE PROGRAM (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; GLASGOW, KY)
  • T J SAMSON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 14 miles away; GLASGOW, KY)
  • GLASGOW STATE NURSING FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; GLASGOW, KY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Center:

  • Lindsey Wilson College (about 21 miles; Columbia, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,552)
  • Campbellsville University (about 25 miles; Campbellsville, KY; FT enrollment: 2,948)
  • Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (about 43 miles; Elizabethtown, KY; FT enrollment: 3,762)
  • Western Kentucky University (about 44 miles; Bowling Green, KY; FT enrollment: 16,942)
  • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 45 miles; Bowling Green, KY; FT enrollment: 2,794)
  • Somerset Community College (about 59 miles; Somerset, KY; FT enrollment: 4,698)
  • Tennessee Technological University (about 65 miles; Cookeville, TN; FT enrollment: 9,761)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Center: Sulphur Well (A), North Metcalfe Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Center include: Pink Ridge Church (A), Pleasant Valley Church (B), Allens Grove Church (C), Antioch Church (D), Bethel Church (E), Bethlehem Church (F), Seven Springs Cumberlanld Presbyterian Church (G), Shady Grove Baptist Church (H), Cedar Top Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Webb Cemetery (1), Buck Hill Cemetery (2), Cassady Cemetery (3), Center Cemetery (4), Young Cemetery (5), Nunn Cemetery (6), Hiser Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Adams Creek (A), Dry Fork Branch (B), Ten Acre Branch (C), Cave Branch (D), Caney Fork Creek (E), Sulphur Creek (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Metcalfe County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.5 people
Kentucky:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

72.3%
Whole state:

66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

3.6%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

26.7%
Whole state:

15.8%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

7.9%
Whole state:

6.6%

Banks with branches in Center (2011 data):

  • Edmonton State Bank: Center Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1975/10/14. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $433.8 mil, Deposits: $359.4 mil, headquarters in Glasgow, KY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 13 total offices, Holding Company: Edmonton Bancshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Center:

Marital status in Center, KY
  • Never married: 17.0%
  • Now married: 64.3%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 8.4%
  • Divorced: 10.3%

For population 25 years and over in Center:

  • High school or higher: 54.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.6%
  • Unemployed: 4.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

17.0
Kentucky average:

13.8

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Center, KY (based on Metcalfe County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,79730
Mainline Protestant7819
Other3901
Catholic801
None3,051-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Here:

1.95 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Metcalfe County:

1.95 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

6.84 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 4
Metcalfe County:

3.91 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.7%
State:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

30.2%
Kentucky:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Metcalfe County:

14.9%
Kentucky:

15.9%

Strongest AM radio stations in Center:

  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WAMB (1160 AM; 50 kW; DONELSON, TN; Owner: GREAT SOUTHERN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WKDA (1200 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: RADIO NASHVILLE, INC.)
  • WLAC (1510 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNQM (1300 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: WNQM. INC.)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WCLU (1490 AM; 1 kW; GLASGOW, KY; Owner: ROYSE RADIO, INC.)
  • WAKY (1540 AM; 1 kW; GREENSBURG, KY; Owner: GREEN COUNTY CBC, INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WKCT (930 AM; 5 kW; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: DAILY NEWS BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WLOC (1150 AM; 1 kW; MUNFORDVILLE, KY; Owner: HART COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WLW (700 AM; 50 kW; CINCINNATI, OH; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Center:

  • WKNK (99.1 FM; EDMONTON, KY; Owner: HART COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHHT (106.7 FM; HORSE CAVE, KY; Owner: NEWBERRY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCLU-FM (102.3 FM; MUNFORDVILLE, KY; Owner: ROYSE RADIO, INC)
  • WGRK-FM (103.1 FM; GREENSBURG, KY; Owner: GREEN COUNTY CBC, INC.)
  • WPTQ (103.7 FM; CAVE CITY, KY; Owner: NEWBERRY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGGC (95.1 FM; GLASGOW, KY; Owner: HERITAGE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WOVO (105.3 FM; GLASGOW, KY; Owner: NEWBERRY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGBV (94.1 FM; GLASGOW, KY; Owner: FOREVER COMMUNICATIONS,INC.)
  • WTKY-FM (92.1 FM; TOMPKINSVILLE, KY; Owner: WHITTIMORE ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WDCL-FM (89.7 FM; SOMERSET, KY; Owner: WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY)
  • WCKQ (104.1 FM; CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY; Owner: CBC OF MARION & TAYLOR COUNTIES INC)
  • WSGP (88.3 FM; GLASGOW, KY; Owner: SOMERSET EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING FOUNDATION)
  • WKLX (100.7 FM; BROWNSVILLE, KY; Owner: CHARLES M. ANDERSON)
  • WVLC (99.9 FM; MANNSVILLE, KY; Owner: PATRICIA RODGERS)

TV broadcast stations around Center:

  • WBKI-TV (Channel 34; CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY; Owner: LOUISVILLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WNKY (Channel 40; BOWLING GREEN, KY; Owner: MMK LICENSE LLC)
  • WPBM-LP (Channel 48; SCOTTSVILLE, KY; Owner: PROCLAIM BROADCASTING, INC.)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Lat: 37.133611 Lon: -85.636944, Call Sign: WQBF566,
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.840 MHz, Grant Date: 09/30/2004, Expiration Date: 09/30/2014, Cancellation Date: 12/06/2014, Certifier: Nathaniel C Froggett, Registrant: Lao 20421804, 102 East Middle Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, Phone: (800) 886-4222, Fax: (717) 337-9157, Email:


FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Center)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Center, KY
  • 34.0%Electricity
  • 29.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 23.7%Utility gas
  • 10.5%Wood
  • 2.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Center, KY
  • 30.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 23.1%Electricity
  • 23.1%Wood
  • 18.7%Utility gas
  • 4.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Center compared to Kentucky state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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