Hindman, Kentucky
Main Street
Main Street
Location in Knott County, Kentucky
Location in Knott County, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°20′09″N 82°58′50″W / 37.33583°N 82.98056°W / 37.33583; -82.98056
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMarch 23, 1886
Named forLt. Gov. James Hindman
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorPatricia Hall
 • Total3.11 sq mi (8.06 km2)
 • Land3.11 sq mi (8.06 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,115 ft (340 m)
 • Total701
 • Density225.33/sq mi (87.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code606
FIPS code21-37108
GNIS feature ID494291[2]

Hindman (locally /ˈhndmən/)[3] is a home rule-class town in, and the county seat of, Knott County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 777 at the 2010 U.S. census.[4][5]


Hindman is located just west of the center of Knott County at 37°20′14″N 82°58′52″W / 37.33722°N 82.98111°W / 37.33722; -82.98111 (37.337174, -82.981147).[6] It sits in the valley of Troublesome Creek, at the junction of its Left Fork and Right Fork. Kentucky Routes 160 and 550 pass through the center of town, and Kentucky Route 80, a four-lane highway, passes just north of the city limits. KY 80 leads northeast 29 miles (47 km) to Prestonsburg and southwest 16 miles (26 km) to the outskirts of Hazard.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Hindman has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km2), all land.[4] Via Troublesome Creek, the city is within the watershed of the Kentucky River.


Book carriers from the Pack Horse Library Project.
Book carriers from the Pack Horse Library Project.

Further information: The Forks of Troublesome § Early settlers

Before Hindman was established, the area was known as The Forks of Troublesome.[7]

The land for the town was provided by local landowner and postmaster Peyton Duke,[8] but Hindman was named in honor of James Hindman, who was the lieutenant governor when the town was founded in 1884 to serve as the seat of government for the newly formed Knott County.[3]

Early town politics included conflicts between the early settlers of The Forks, with fights between factions led by Anderson Hays and Clabe Jones in which several people were killed, including one where Clabe and supporters were barricaded in the Hindman jail and Hays and supporters were across the street in a log house.[7]

Education in early Hindman was initially provided by George Clark from Greenup County, with the Hindman Settlement School founded in 1902, thanks to money raised by early settler Solomon Everidge (who was 80 years old at the time), and education provided by the WCTU.[7] Everidge gifted 2 acres (0.81 ha) of his own land, which was combined with Clarke's existing schoolhouse and the purchase of another 1 acre (0.40 ha).[7] In the first year of the Settlement School it had 162 pupils.[7]

The schoolhouse burned down 3 times in the school's first decade, once in November 1905, again in November 1906, and the third time in 1910.[7] After the third fire, the teachers left for Lexington, but were persuaded to return, with the school reconstructed in August 1912.[7]

Hindman was served by a pack horse library, which opened in 1935.[9]

2022 flood

On July 28, 2022, historic flooding impacted Eastern Kentucky with Hindman being one of the hardest hit communities. Of the more than 40 people who died from the floods; 22 were in Knott County. [10] Search and rescue operations continued for days. [11]

The city of Hindman was particularly hard hit. The mayor at the time, Tracy Neice, was quoted as saying that the flooding was the worst he had ever seen. [12] [13]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 787 people, 356 households, and 220 families residing in the city. The population density was 232.5 inhabitants per square mile (89.8/km2). There were 415 housing units at an average density of 122.6 per square mile (47.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.59% White, 0.38% Native American, 0.38% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 356 households, out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $14,511, and the median income for a family was $21,806. Males had a median income of $31,477 versus $21,979 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,637. About 32.0% of families and 38.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.7% of those under age 18 and 22.2% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Gingerbread Festival is an annual three-day festival in early September to celebrate community and Appalachian culture.

In Paintsville native Tyler Childers' song, "Hard Times," he makes reference to the town of Hindman in regards to work he's gotten word is available.[citation needed]


Hindman has a lending library, the Knott County Public Library.[16]

Notable people


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  3. ^ a b Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 141 Archived 2017-02-17 at the Wayback Machine. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 30 July 2013.
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  9. ^ "Pictorial News Section". The Courier-Journal. January 27, 1935. Archived from the original on July 5, 2022. Retrieved September 3, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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  11. ^ "Long days grind on search teams in flood-ravaged Appalachia". wymt.com. Associated Press. August 3, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2024.
  12. ^ "Extensive damage throughout the city of Hindman following flooding". wymt.com. WYMT Mountain News. July 28, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2024.
  13. ^ "Drone video of flooding aftermath in Hindman, Ky". wkyt.com. WKYT News. August 1, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2024.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on March 21, 2021. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  16. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  17. ^ "Guide to The McLain Family Band Records". Berea College. Archived from the original on August 10, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2019.