Scottsville, Kentucky
Sign welcoming visitors to Scottsville
Sign welcoming visitors to Scottsville
The Friendly City[1]
Location of Scottsville in Allen County, Kentucky.
Location of Scottsville in Allen County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 36°45′5″N 86°11′34″W / 36.75139°N 86.19278°W / 36.75139; -86.19278Coordinates: 36°45′5″N 86°11′34″W / 36.75139°N 86.19278°W / 36.75139; -86.19278
CountryUnited States
Named forGov. Charles Scott
 • Total6.31 sq mi (16.36 km2)
 • Land6.30 sq mi (16.32 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
761 ft (232 m)
 • Total4,299
 • Density682.06/sq mi (263.35/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)270 & 364
FIPS code21-69114
GNIS feature ID0503118

Scottsville is a home rule-class city[4] in Allen County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county.[5] The population was 4,226 during the 2010 U.S. Census.


The site along Bays Fork was settled in 1797 and developed into a stagecoach station. The town was laid off in 1816[6] and established the next year.[2] It was named for Kentucky's 4th governor, Charles Scott. In the early 19th century, it was also known as Allen Court House and Scottville.[6]

Scottsville was the birthplace of what would become the Dollar General nationwide chain of 15,000 stores, with J. L. Turner and his son Cal Turner, Sr., opening their first department store there in 1945. In 1955, the Turners began to open more stores, and, in 1968, founded Dollar General Corporation or DOLGEN Corp.[7]


Scottsville is located at 36°45′5″N 86°11′34″W / 36.75139°N 86.19278°W / 36.75139; -86.19278 (36.751504, -86.192692).[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15 km2), all of it land.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Scottsville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 4,226 people, 1,861 households, and 1,130 families residing in the city. The population density was 728.6 per square mile (281.3/km2). There were 2,066 housing units at an average density of 356.2 per square mile (137.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.5% White, 2.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 1,861 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 20 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.66 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.54 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,960, and the median income for a family was $36,711. Males had a median income of $31,367 versus $29,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,555. About 20.3% of families and 28.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.0% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.

Mennonite community

Scottsville is home of the main settlement of the Noah Hoover Mennonites, also called "Scottsville Mennonites", a branch of Old Order Mennonites. They did not emerge from a single division, as most other Anabaptist groups, but have a long history of divisions and mergers. They moved to Scottsville in 1978, coming from Snyder County, Pennsylvania.[12]


Scottsville Public Schools are part of the Allen County Schools School District. The district has one elementary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.

Ninth through twelfth grade students attend Allen County Scottsville High School.[13]

Scottsville has a lending library, the Allen County Public Library.[14]


Scottsville's square contains a handful of shops.
Scottsville's square contains a handful of shops.

Scottsville is home to a weekly newspaper, the Citizen-Times, which was founded in 1890. Two radio stations, WVLE (99.3 FM) and WLCK (1250 AM). WVLE recently changed broadcast formats from country to a variety of adult contemporary hits from the past three decades. "The All New Love FM," as the station is now known, also has twice daily news segments covering Scottsville and the rest of Allen County.

Notable people


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  2. ^ a b c Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Scottsville, Kentucky". Accessed 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  4. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ a b Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 266. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 1 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Our History". Dollar General.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Scottsville, Kentucky Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ Stephen Scott: Old Order and Conservative Mennonites Groups, Intercourse, PA 1996, page 104.
  13. ^ "Allen County School District". Allen County School District. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  14. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Lattie Moore". Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013-11-23.