Springfield, Kentucky
Washington County courthouse in Springfield
Washington County courthouse in Springfield
Motto: 
"Where the Lincoln Legacy began" “Hollywood South”
Location of Springfield in Washington County, Kentucky.
Location of Springfield in Washington County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°41′32″N 85°13′10″W / 37.69222°N 85.21944°W / 37.69222; -85.21944
CountryUnited States
StateKentucky
CountyWashington
Government
 • MayorDebbie Wakefield
Area
 • Total4.16 sq mi (10.78 km2)
 • Land4.11 sq mi (10.66 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation827 ft (252 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total2,846
 • Estimate 
(2022)[3]
2,876
 • Density691.78/sq mi (267.08/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
40069
Area code859
FIPS code21-72660
GNIS feature ID2405510[2]
Websitewww.springfieldky.org

Springfield is a home rule-class city in and county seat of Washington County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 2,846 at the 2020 census.[4]

History

Springfield was established in 1793 and probably named for springs in the area.[5]

The home of Senator John Pope,[6] Richard Berry Jr. House and the Mordecai Lincoln House are historic houses in Springfield listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Springfield, noted by filmmakers as Hollywood South, is the site of Kentucky's first and only movie sound stage. The Springfield Bonded Film Complex came about as a part of the burgeoning film industry in Kentucky, ushered in by the state's film tax credit. This tax credit has the distinction as the most generous in the nation.[7]

Geography

Springfield is located approximately 15 miles east of Bardstown, 10 miles north of Lebanon, and 17 miles west of Danville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1800164
181024951.8%
1830618
1840598−3.2%
1850527−11.9%
1860497−5.7%
18705021.0%
188061021.5%
18906425.2%
19001,01658.3%
19101,32930.8%
19201,52915.0%
19301,487−2.7%
19401,76718.8%
19502,03215.0%
19602,38217.2%
19702,96124.3%
19803,1797.4%
19902,875−9.6%
20002,634−8.4%
20102,519−4.4%
20202,84613.0%
2022 (est.)2,876[8]1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,634 people, 1,166 households, and 711 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,048.5 per square mile (404.8/km2). There were 1,239 housing units at an average density of 493.2/sq mi (190.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.68% White, 22.40% African American, 0.53% Asian, 0.80% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

There were 1,166 households, out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.88.

21.8% of the population was under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,430, and the median income for a family was $35,143. Males had a median income of $29,917 versus $21,865 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,793. About 12.3% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 22.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Springfield has a lending library, the Washington County Public Library.[11]

Notable people

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Springfield has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]

References

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Springfield, Kentucky
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Springfield city, Kentucky". Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer: Springfield". University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2009.
  6. ^ "John Pope House". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Archived from the original on October 1, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 31, 2017. Retrieved December 31, 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Springfield, Kentucky Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015.