Hindman, Kentucky
Main Street
Main Street
Location in Knott County, Kentucky
Location in Knott County, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°20′14″N 82°58′52″W / 37.33722°N 82.98111°W / 37.33722; -82.98111Coordinates: 37°20′14″N 82°58′52″W / 37.33722°N 82.98111°W / 37.33722; -82.98111
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMarch 23, 1886
Named forLt. Gov. James Hindman
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorTracy Neice
 • 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 code(s)606
FIPS code21-37108
GNIS feature ID0494291

Hindman (locally /ˈhndmən/)[2] 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.[3] [4]


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).[5] 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.[3] 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.

The land for the town was provided by local landowner and postmaster Peyton Duke,[6] 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.[2]

Hindman is home to the Hindman Settlement School, which was the earliest rural settlement school.[citation needed]

Hindman was served by a pack horse library, which opened in 1935.[7]


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

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 787 people, 356 households, and 220 families residing in the city. The population density was 232.5 people per square mile (89.9/km2). There were 415 housing units at an average density of 122.6 per square mile (47.4/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.[10]

Notable people


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 141. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 30 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hindman city, Kentucky". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2019.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ The Kentucky Encyclopedia, pp. 433. "Hindman". University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1992. Accessed 30 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Pictoral News Section". The Courier-Journal. 27 January 1935. Retrieved 3 September 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  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.
  11. ^ "Carl D. Perkins". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2022-2-2o. ((cite web)): Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "Guide to The McLain Family Band Records". Berea College. Archived from the original on 2016-08-10. Retrieved 2019-11-27.