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Clay City, Kentucky

Clay City, Kentucky
The historic Clay City National Bank Building
The historic Clay City National Bank Building
Location of Clay City, Kentucky
Location of Clay City, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Powell
Incorporated April 19, 1890
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Jimmie Caudill
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 620 ft (189 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,077
 • Density 979.0/sq mi (384.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40312
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-15238
GNIS feature ID 0511380

Clay City is a class-5 city in Powell County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,077 at the 2010 census.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Police Department 4
  • Attractions 5
  • Climate 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The first European settlement in the vicinity of present-day Clay City was in 1786, by Stephen Collins and his brother, after their discovery of post office was moved across the river and was renamed Waltersville for the local family carrying the same surname.[1]

By 1883 the settlement was named Clay City, possibly for the local clay deposits. It is believed that the name was officially changed from Waltersville on August 13, 1883, when the post office was renamed Clay City. The settlement was incorporated as a fifth class city on April 19, 1890.[1]


Clay City is located at (37.863203, -83.928281).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,303 people, 543 households, and 367 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,199.5 people per square mile (461.6/km²). There were 588 housing units at an average density of 541.3 per square mile (208.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.08% White, 0.23% African American, 0.15% Native American, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 543 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,750, and the median income for a family was $23,571. Males had a median income of $26,696 versus $16,964 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,745. About 28.5% of families and 32.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.4% of those under age 18 and 27.1% of those age 65 or over.

Police Department

The Clay City Police Department (CCPD) is located at the Clay City Municipal Building which also houses the city government. Being under the second class city rank, Clay City is patrolled by two full time officers and assisted by the Powell County Sheriffs Office, Stanton Police Department, and the Kentucky State Police. CCPD is a fully functioning police department that is involved in a numerous operations including narcotics, roadway patrol, warrant service, and other activities. The CCPD can be contacted by calling the Powell County Dispatch Center at 606-663-4116.



The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clay City has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Rennick, Robert M. (1988). "Place Names". Kentucky Place Names.   Retrieved on 2009-06-21
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  3. ^ Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 Population Estimates U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-05-23
  4. ^ Historical Census Data Retrieved on 2010-06-21
  5. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Clay City, Kentucky

External links

  • Red River Historical Society & Museum
  • Powell County Tourism
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