Liberty, Kentucky
City Hall
City Hall
Location of Liberty in Casey County, Kentucky.
Location of Liberty in Casey County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°19′14″N 84°55′43″W / 37.32056°N 84.92861°W / 37.32056; -84.92861
CountryUnited States
 • Mayor/CouncilSam Haddad
 • Total1.89 sq mi (4.88 km2)
 • Land1.87 sq mi (4.85 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation810 ft (250 m)
 • Total2,028
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,083.91/sq mi (418.50/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code606
FIPS code21-46072
GNIS feature ID2404924[3]

Liberty is a home rule-class city[5] in Casey County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county.[6] Its population was 2,168 at the 2010 U.S. census.[7]


It was founded prior to 1806 by several Revolutionary War veterans upon their military grants and named out of patriotic sentiment. In 1808, it was made the seat of Casey County owing to its central location. The post office was opened in 1814.[8] The town was formally established by the state assembly in 1830 and incorporated in 1860.[1]

In 2012, the Kentucky Supreme Court struck down Liberty Police using road blocks as a means for writing tickets for failure to display a city sticker. They blasted Liberty for selecting the most intrusive means possible to achieve its goal.[9][10]


Liberty is located in central Casey County in the valley of the Green River. U.S. Route 127 passes through the city, leading north 26 miles (42 km) to Danville and south 21 miles (34 km) to Russell Springs. According to the United States Census Bureau, Liberty has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.71%, is water.[7]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cold winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Liberty has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[11]


Historical population
2022 (est.)2,011[12]−0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 1,850 people, 875 households, and 494 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,059.8 per square mile (409.2/km2). There were 979 housing units at an average density of 560.8 per square mile (216.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.16% White, 0.70% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 875 households, out of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.5% were non-families. 41.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.98 and the average family size was 2.65.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 17.9% of the population under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 28.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 76.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,525, and the median income for a family was $27,105. Males had a median income of $25,954 versus $18,173 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,269. About 24.9% of families and 28.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.6% of those under age 18 and 28.7% of those age 65 or over.


Casey County Schools operates public schools.

Liberty has a lending library, the Casey County Public Library.[15]


The town is served by low-power community station WIHE-LP and full-power stations WKDO and WKDO-FM.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Liberty, Kentucky". Accessed 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Liberty, Kentucky
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Liberty city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, pp. 171–172. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 1 August 2013.
  9. ^ Kentucky Supreme Court Strikes Down City Sticker Roadblock; TheNewspaper; May 1, 2012.
  10. ^ Singleton v. Kentucky; Kentucky Supreme Court; April 25, 2012.
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Liberty, Kentucky
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  15. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 5, 2019.