Whitley City, Kentucky
McCreary County courthouse in Whitley City
McCreary County courthouse in Whitley City
Location in Kentucky
Location in Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°43′26″N 84°28′23″W / 36.72389°N 84.47306°W / 36.72389; -84.47306
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.32 sq mi (6.00 km2)
 • Land2.31 sq mi (5.97 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation1,299 ft (396 m)
 • Total968
 • Density419.59/sq mi (162.02/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code606
FIPS code21-82938
GNIS feature ID2403026[2]

Whitley City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in McCreary County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 968 at the 2020 census,[3] down from 1,170 in 2010. It is the county seat of McCreary County.[4] Whitley City is one of two unincorporated county seats in Kentucky (the other being Burlington in Boone County).


Whitley City is located in central McCreary County. It is bordered to the south by the community of Stearns. U.S. Route 27 passes through the east side of Whitley City, leading north 30 miles (48 km) to Somerset and south 18 miles (29 km) to Oneida, Tennessee.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Whitley City CDP has a total area of 2.32 square miles (6.0 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.43%, are water.[1] Yahoo Falls on the course of Yahoo Creek, a tributary of the South Fork of the Cumberland River, is located 4 miles (6 km) to the northwest.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,111 people, 458 households, and 296 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 481.5 inhabitants per square mile (185.9/km2). There were 516 housing units at an average density of 223.7 per square mile (86.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.92% White, 0.72% Native American, 0.09% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

There were 458 households, out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% were married couples living together, 20.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 25.6% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $18,654, and the median income for a family was $18,702. Males had a median income of $29,306 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $11,659. About 28.9% of families and 38.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 58.8% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.


Whitley City has a lending library, the McCreary County Public Library.[7]



  1. ^ a b "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Kentucky". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 10, 2023.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Whitley City, Kentucky
  3. ^ a b "P1. Race – Whitley City CDP, Kentucky: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 10, 2023.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  8. ^ http://hay98.com/
  9. ^ http://mccrearyrecord.com/
  10. ^ https://www.themccrearyvoice.com/