Owingsville, Kentucky
Downtown Owingsville
Downtown Owingsville
Location of Owingsville in Bath County, Kentucky.
Location of Owingsville in Bath County, Kentucky.
Owingsville is located in Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°08′11″N 83°45′37″W / 38.13639°N 83.76028°W / 38.13639; -83.76028
CountryUnited States
Establishedc. 1811[1]
Named forThomas Dye Owings[2]
 • TypeMayor and City Council
 • MayorGary M. Hunt[citation needed]
 • Total2.53 sq mi (6.57 km2)
 • Land2.51 sq mi (6.51 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation892 ft (272 m)
 • Total1,593
 • Estimate 
 • Density634.16/sq mi (244.80/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code606
FIPS code21-58710
GNIS feature ID2404450[4]

Owingsville is a home rule-class city[6] in Bath County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 1,530 during the year 2010 U.S. Census.[7] It is the county seat[8] and is located roughly at the county's center, at the junction of US 60 and Kentucky 36. It is part of the Mount Sterling micropolitan area.


In 1795, Colonel Thomas Dye Owings was sent from Maryland to Kentucky by his father to operate some of the first iron furnaces in the region. Within 15 years, Owings had amassed a good deal of wealth and land. Along with Colonel Richard H. Menefee, Owings founded the community that took his name, Owingsville.[citation needed]

Owings and Menefee each owned significant parcels of land in what would become Owingsville. To select whose name the community would take, the two men wagered that the man who built the finer home the quickest would be the namesake of the town. For the sum of $60,000, Owings won the contest. Owingsville was then founded in 1811.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which 0.023 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.93%, is water.[7]


Historical population
2022 (est.)1,587[9]−0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

In the census[11] of 2000, there were 1,488 people, 659 households, and 419 families in the city. The population density was 683.7 inhabitants per square mile (264.0/km2). There were 720 housing units at an average density of 330.8 per square mile (127.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.23% White, 3.97% African American, 0.13% Native American, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 659 households, out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.2% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 25.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,897, and the median income for a family was $34,167. Males had a median income of $30,893 versus $20,208 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,156. 26.6% of the population and 23.3% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 41.1% of those under the age of 18 and 18.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


Owingsville has a public library, the Bath County Memorial Library.[12]

Arts and culture

Every year the county celebrates with the May Day Pageant, where high school seniors can compete for the title of "Miss Bath County". The pageant tradition started in 1954 and is a beloved tradition of the community.[citation needed]

Notable natives


  1. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Owingsville, Kentucky". Accessed 19 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer. Owingsville, Kentucky. Accessed 19 May 2017
  3. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  4. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Owingsville, Kentucky
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Owingsville city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 5, 2019.