Glasgow, Kentucky
South Green Street in Glasgow, KY
South Green Street in Glasgow, KY
Location of Glasgow in Barren County, Kentucky.
Location of Glasgow in Barren County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°0′1″N 85°55′13″W / 37.00028°N 85.92028°W / 37.00028; -85.92028
CountryUnited States
Named forthe Scottish hometown of the family of William Logan
 • MayorHenry Royse
 • Total15.95 sq mi (41.30 km2)
 • Land15.86 sq mi (41.07 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
755 ft (230 m)
 • Total15,014
 • Estimate 
 • Density946.72/sq mi (365.54/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
42141, 42142, 42156
Area code(s)270 & 364
FIPS code21-31114
GNIS feature ID0492876

Glasgow is a home rule-class city[3] in Barren County, Kentucky, United States. It is the seat of its county.[4] Glasgow is the principal city of the Glasgow micropolitan area, which comprises Barren and Metcalfe counties. The population was 15,014 at the 2020 U.S. census.[5]

The city is well known for its annual Scottish Highland Games. In 2007, Barren County was named the number one rural place to live by The Progressive Farmer magazine.[6]


Glasgow is located in central Barren County at 37°0′1″N 85°55′13″W / 37.00028°N 85.92028°W / 37.00028; -85.92028 (37.000375, -85.920229).[7] U.S. Route 31E and U.S. Route 68 intersect north of the city, and the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway passes south of downtown, with access from four exits. Bowling Green is 32 miles (51 km) to the west, Mammoth Cave National Park is 21 miles (34 km) to the northwest, Elizabethtown is 55 miles (89 km) to the north, Columbia is 37 miles (60 km) to the east, and Scottsville is 24 miles (39 km) to the southwest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Glasgow has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40.2 km2), of which 15.4 square miles (40.0 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.53%, is water.[5]


The city of Glasgow was established by the Kentucky state assembly in 1799.[8] The same year, the community was selected as the seat of a new county, owing to its central location, its large spring, native John Gorin's donation of 50 acres (20 ha) for public buildings, and its being named for the Scottish hometown of the father of William Logan, one of the two commissioners charged with selecting the county seat. A post office was established in 1803, and the town received its city rights in 1809.

George Washington in Glasgow

Former U.S. President George Washington had a half-brother named Augustine Washington Jr. who was the husband of Anne Aylett Washington and had a daughter named Elizabeth Washington. Elizabeth Washington married Alexander Eliot Spotswood and were given a home and land from George Washington (Elizabeth's uncle) in Glasgow.[9][10] The home, called "Spotswood" after its first owner, Alexander Spotswood, is located at 309 N Race Street.[11]

Historic homes
Historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Glasgow

All across Glasgow are historic homes that can date back to the early 1800s. The most popular part of town with these homes is South Green Street; this street has many historic houses that have many different architectural styles including Colonial, Federal, and Victorian.

Civil War

The Civil War affected many smaller towns like Glasgow. There are many places that were part of the Underground Railroad in Glasgow, such as Big Spring Bottom for keeping horses and the Spotswood House on North Race Street for hiding enslaved people. Other places include the Old Glasgow Seminary Home on East Main Street; this house has several rooms dug out in the earth with tunnels running into them for keeping the enslaved people hidden and safe.

Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University was originally in Glasgow when it was established in 1875, but 10 years later it moved to its present-day location in Bowling Green and serves as WKU's main campus. Since 1998, WKU has operated a regional campus in Glasgow.[12][13]


As of the census[14] of 2010, there were 14,208 people, 5,994 households, and 3,619 families residing in the city. The population density was 960.0 inhabitants per square mile (370.7/km2). There were 6,710 housing units, at an average density of 453.38/sq mi (175.05/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.1% White, 8.0% Black, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 5,994 households, of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23, and the average family size was 2.85.

Historical population
2022 (est.)15,282[15]1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]

The age distribution was 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,083, and the median income for a family was $36,677. Males had a median income of $31,123 versus $20,964 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,697. About 14.1% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.


Glasgow is governed by a mayor and city council.

Mayors of Glasgow:[17]

In the mid-1990s, Glasgow began its own cable system for television and internet access. The municipal service had saved its residents $32 million over proprietary providers through 2011.[18]

In November 2008, the city voted Yes on Proposition 8, making it legal for restaurants to sell liquor by the drink to the public; package sales were still prohibited. Another vote in 2016 legalized liquor sales throughout all of Barren County, and also legalized package sales and liquor by the drink in taverns.

In April 2010, the city council voted for a citywide smoking ban in all indoor public places. The ban began officially on June 22, 2010.


Glasgow public schools are part of the Glasgow Independent Schools. The district has two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Chad Muhlenkamp is the Superintendent of Schools.[19] The city system's schools include South Green Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, Glasgow Middle School, and Glasgow High School.

The Barren County School System also has schools inside the Glasgow city limits, including Barren County High School, Trojan Academy, Red Cross Elementary School, North Jackson Elementary and Barren County Middle School.

Glasgow has a public library, the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library.[20]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Glasgow has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[21]


Major employers in Glasgow include LSC Communications (formerly R. R. Donnelley, now closed), Akebono Brake Industry, Walmart, Nemak, and ACK Controls (a joint venture of Chuo Spring and Dura Automotive Systems). Other employers include South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative and Glasgow Independent Schools.[22]


Glasgow Transit provides bus service in the city on weekdays.

Notable people

Kelly Craft
Denny Doyle
Diane Sawyer

See also


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  3. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
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  13. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 116. ISBN 0813126312. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
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  17. ^ "Photo Archive of Former Mayors for City of Glasgow" (PDF). City of Glasgow. City of Glasgow. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Telco Lies and the Truth about Municipal Broadband Networks" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
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