Falmouth, Kentucky
Downtown Falmouth
Downtown Falmouth
Location of Falmouth in Pendleton County, Kentucky.
Location of Falmouth in Pendleton County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 38°40′15″N 84°19′52″W / 38.67083°N 84.33111°W / 38.67083; -84.33111
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.38 sq mi (3.58 km2)
 • Land1.36 sq mi (3.52 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation564 ft (172 m)
 • Total2,216
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,629.41/sq mi (629.21/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code859
FIPS code21-26434
GNIS feature ID2403595[2]
Along U.S. Route 27 on Falmouth's edge.

Falmouth is a home rule-class city[4] in, and the county seat of, Pendleton County, Kentucky,[5] in the United States. The population was 2,169 according to the 2010 census. It lies at the confluence of the South and Main forks of the Licking River and is home to Kincaid Regional Theatre.


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


Possibly settled as early as 1780, Falmouth was laid out by John Waller (1758–1823) and formally established by the state assembly in 1793. Waller named the new settlement after his native Falmouth, Virginia.[6] It was incorporated as a city in 1856.[7]

The town is perhaps best remembered for natural disasters that have devastated the town over the last half of the 20th century. In 1964, the Licking River reached 47 feet (19 feet above flood stage) and left much of the town under water. On April 23, 1968 an F4 (possibly F5) tornado leveled many homes in the town, killing four people.[8] On March 2, 1997, a major flood on the Licking River again left the town crippled. The river reached 52 feet (24 feet above flood stage) and left 80% of the town under several feet of water. Many homes and businesses were damaged and five residents were killed.

Charity's House and Elzey Hughes House were both part of the historically African-American "Happy Hollow" neighborhood and each is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Arts and culture

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Kincaid Regional Theatre, also referred to as KRT, has called Falmouth home since 1983. Since the theatre's founding, KRT has achieved musical theatre excellence by employing local talent from the Cincinnati metropolitan area and beyond. With the help of many supporters, KRT continues to enhance the arts in the community with children and teens theatre workshops and through involvement with local schools. Originally operated at the former Falmouth High School. Other venues have included the Griffin Centre Amphitheatre. KRT now performs at Stonewood Gardens, also in Falmouth.

Falmouth plays host to one of Kentucky's largest fall events, the Kentucky Wool Festival. The Wool Festival is an annual event held adjacent to Kincaid Lake State Park during the first full weekend of October. The festival promotes wool products, crafts, food, among other products. The festival provides fundraising activities to local organizations and entertainment for all age groups. Heritage demonstrations and livestock exhibitions also highlight Pendleton County and Kentucky history. The Kentucky Wool Festival has inspired the local community to adopt the sheep as its unofficial mascot.


Historical population
2022 (est.)2,192[3]−1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
Buildings in Downtown Falmouth

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,058 people, 849 households, and 521 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,598.9 inhabitants per square mile (617.3/km2). There were 988 housing units at an average density of 767.6 per square mile (296.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.21% White, 1.90% African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.63% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

There were 849 households, out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.9% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,114, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $31,012 versus $20,781 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,634. About 16.5% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.


Falmouth has a lending library, the Pendleton County Public Library.[11]

Notable people


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  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Falmouth, Kentucky
  3. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Kentucky: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
  4. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 98. ISBN 0813126312. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  7. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Falmouth, Kentucky". Accessed 26 July 2013.
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  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.