Tompkinsville, Kentucky
Downtown Tompkinsville
Downtown Tompkinsville
Location in Monroe County, Kentucky
Location in Monroe County, Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°41′58″N 85°41′31″W / 36.69944°N 85.69194°W / 36.69944; -85.69194
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.45 sq mi (8.94 km2)
 • Land3.28 sq mi (8.51 km2)
 • Water0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
919 ft (280 m)
 • Total2,309
 • Estimate 
 • Density703.11/sq mi (271.44/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)270 & 364
FIPS code21-77160
GNIS feature ID0505341

Tompkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Monroe County, Kentucky, United States.[4] The population was 2,309 at the 2020 census.[2] The city was named after Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins who served under President James Monroe, for whom the county was named.


In 1804, the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse was built. It is today part of the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site. At this site, a graveyard is home to deceased veterans of both the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. Daniel Boone's sister, Hannah, is also buried there.

During the Civil War, Tompkinsville was the site of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's first Kentucky raid. On July 9, 1862, Morgan's Raiders, coming from Tennessee, attacked Major Thomas J. Jordan's 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Raiders captured 30 retreating Union soldiers and destroyed tents and stores. They took 20 wagons, 50 mules, 40 horses, sugar and coffee supplies. At Glasgow, Kentucky, they burned supplies, then went north, raiding 16 other towns before returning to Tennessee.

Tompkinsville is home to the famous Dovie's restaurant which has been known for its signature deep-fried hamburgers since 1938.[5]


Tompkinsville is located just east of the center of Monroe County at 36°41′58″N 85°41′31″W / 36.69944°N 85.69194°W / 36.69944; -85.69194 (36.699508, -85.692005).[6] Kentucky Routes 63 and 100 pass through the city together as South Main Street, with KY 63 turning onto West 4th Street and KY 100 turning onto North Magnolia Street. KY 63 leads northwest 26 miles (42 km) to Glasgow, while KY 100 leads northeast 22 miles (35 km) to its terminus at Waterview. Together the two highways lead southwest 8 miles (13 km) to Gamaliel. Kentucky Route 163 leaves Tompkinsville to the north on North Main Street, leading 21 miles (34 km) to Edmonton.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Tompkinsville has a total area of 3.45 square miles (8.94 km2), of which 3.28 square miles (8.50 km2) are land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) of it, or 4.87%, are water.[1] Town Creek passes through the city, passing just east of its center and flowing southwest to Mill Creek at the city's southern border. Mill Creek is a west-flowing tributary of the East Fork of the Barren River, part of the Green River watershed.


Historical population
2022 (est.)2,297[7]−0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 2,660 people, 1,169 households, and 702 families living in the city. The population density was 727.4 inhabitants per square mile (280.9/km2). There were 1,321 housing units at an average density of 361.2 per square mile (139.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.47% White, 8.95% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 1,169 households, out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 76.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,267, and the median income for a family was $23,361. Males had a median income of $21,587 versus $16,541 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,975. About 24.5% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.8% of those under age 18 and 23.9% of those age 65 or over.


Tompkinsville has a public library, the William B. Harlan Memorial Library.[10]

Notable people

Monroe County Courthouse in Tompkinsville


  1. ^ a b "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Kentucky". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "P1. Race – Tompkinsville city, Kentucky: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2023.
  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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Kinslow, Gina (March 8, 2019). "A Tompkinsville Treat: Dovie's continues eight decades of tradition". The Sentinel Echo. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.