Hawesville, Kentucky
Hancock County courthouse in Hawesville
Hancock County courthouse in Hawesville
Location of Hawesville in Hancock County, Kentucky.
Location of Hawesville in Hancock County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°54′4″N 86°44′58″W / 37.90111°N 86.74944°W / 37.90111; -86.74944Coordinates: 37°54′4″N 86°44′58″W / 37.90111°N 86.74944°W / 37.90111; -86.74944
CountryUnited States
Named forRichard Hawes Sr. (land donor)
 • MayorCharles King
 • Total1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)
 • Land1.62 sq mi (4.20 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
410 ft (158 m)
 • Total1,023
 • Density630.31/sq mi (243.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)270 & 364
FIPS code21-35200
GNIS feature ID0493884

Hawesville is a home rule-class city on the south bank of the Ohio River in Hancock County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county.[2] The population was 945 at the 2010 census.[3] It is included in the Owensboro metropolitan area.


Hawesville is located in northern Hancock County at 37°53′56″N 86°45′20″W / 37.89889°N 86.75556°W / 37.89889; -86.75556 (37.898865, -86.755570),[4] on the south bank of the Ohio River and on the hills that rise south of the river. The Lincoln Trail Bridge carries Kentucky Route 69 across the Ohio at Hawesville, connecting the city with Cannelton, Indiana. U.S. Route 60 passes through the southwest part of Hawesville, leading southeast 10 miles (16 km) to Cloverport and southwest 25 miles (40 km) to Owensboro.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Hawesville has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km2), all land.[3]


Upon the establishment of Hancock County in 1829, local landowner Richard Hawes Sr. (father of Rep. Richard Hawes Jr.) donated land for a county seat, free to any homesteaders who settled there. The Hawesville post office was established later that year.[5] The city was formally established in 1836 and incorporated by the state assembly in 1847.[6][7]

Despite the Immaculate Conception Church's listing on the National Register of Historic Places, it was demolished and replaced with a modern structure.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 971 people, 409 households, and 271 families residing in the city. The population density was 747.3 people per square mile (288.4/km2). There were 441 housing units at an average density of 339.4 per square mile (131.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.25% White, 1.44% African American, 0.10% Native American, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.21% of the population.

There were 409 households, out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,929, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $39,318 versus $22,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,985. About 12.1% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.


Hawesville has a lending library, a branch of the Hancock County Public Library.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hawesville city, Iowa". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2017.[dead link]
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 134. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  6. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Hawesville, Kentucky". Accessed 29 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Dictionary of Places: Hawesville". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0-403-09981-1.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2019.