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Elizabethtown, Kentucky

  •   State: 
    Hardin County
      County FIPS: 
    37°42′N 85°52′W
      Area total: 
    27.99 sq mi (72.49 km²)
      Area land: 
    27.50 sq mi (71.22 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.49 sq mi (1.27 km²)
    725 ft (221 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,141.68 residents per square mile of area (440.81/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Elizabethtown is a home rule-class city and the county seat of Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 28,531 at the 2010 census, and was estimated at 30,289 by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2019. It is included in (and the principal city of) the ElizabethtownFort Knox, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Elizabethtown Metropolitan area had a 2019 estimated population of 153,057, making it the 5th largest metropolitan area in the state. In 1793, Colonel Andrew Hynes had 30 acres (12 ha) surveyed and laid off into lots and streets to establish Elizabethtown. Named in honor of his wife, Elizabethtown was legally established in 1797. In 1858, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company built a railroad from Louisville to the Tennessee state line in the direction of Nashville. The opening of the railroad brought economic growth to Elizabethtown, which became an important trade center along the railroad and a strategic point during the Civil War. On December 27, 1862, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his 3,000-man cavalry attacked Elizabethtown and more than 100 cannonballs were fired. After the battle, one cannonball was found lodged in the side of a public building and rebuilt in 1887. It remains in the present day in the Joey Lee building, which is located on the historic town square. The public square also features a plaquard noting the cannonball and the history behind it from the 1873 to 1873 Era.


Elizabethtown is the primary city name, but also E Town are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Elizabethtown is in east-central Hardin County, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Fort Knox. Interstate 65 passes through the southeast side of the city, leading north-northeast 30 miles (48 km) to Louisville. The Western Kentucky Parkway starts at I-65 in Elizabethtown and leads west 138 miles (222km) to Eddyville. To the east, the Bluegrass Parkway leads 105 miles (169 kilometers) to Lexington. The ElizabethtownFort Knox metropolitan area consists of Hardin, Meade, and Larue counties, and includes Radcliff, a city about three-fourths the size of Elizabethtown. It also includes the housing areas of the Fort Knox Military Installation; the unincorporated town of Rineyville; and other communities such as Vine Grove, Glendale, Sonora, West Point, and Upton. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Elizabethtown has a total area of 25.8 square miles (67 km²), of which 25.4square miles (66 km²) is land and 0.5 square miles of land (1.77%) is water. The city is located in the eastern part of the Hardin-Meade County area. It is located on the Ohio River, which runs through Hardin and Meade counties. The Kentucky River runs through the western side of Elizabeth Town, leading northwest to Louisville and southwest to Bowling Green. The Ohio River also runs through Elizabethtown, leading northeast to Kentucky.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Elizabethtown has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. The town has a population of about 2,000 people. Elizabethtown is located on the Ohio River, which runs through the town. It is located in the eastern part of the Ohio Valley, near the Ohio Turnpike and the Ohio State Line. It has a high school population of around 1,000. The area has a reputation for being a hotbed of illegal drug activity. The city has a history of being involved in the drug trade, particularly in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when it was known as "Elizabethtown" The town also has a long history of civil rights activism, which dates back to the 19th century. It was the site of the Battle of Elizabethtown, which took place in 1881. The Elizabethtown area is known as one of the oldest towns in the U.S. and has been home to many notable figures, including President Abraham Lincoln and President Theodore Roosevelt. It also has been known as the birthplace of the town's namesake, Elizabeth Town, which was established in 1851. The community has a strong tradition of preserving the history of the Elizabethtown community. It's also known for its architectural heritage, including the "Elizabeth Town Clock" which was erected in 1854. It stands on what is now a hill.


Hardin County was named for Colonel John Hardin, an Indian fighter who worked with tribes in the local area. In 1793, Colonel Andrew Hynes had 30 acres (12 ha) surveyed and laid off into lots and streets to establish Elizabethtown. Thomas Lincoln helped Samuel Haycraft build a millrace at Haycraft's mill on Valley Creek. After his wife died in 1818, he returned to Elizabethtown and married Sarah Bush Johnston, widowed since 1816. General George Armstrong Custer and his wife Elizabeth lived in a small cottage behind Aunt Beck Hill's boarding house, now known as the Brown-Pusey House. On December 27, 1862, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his 3,000-man cavalry attacked Elizabethtown, more than 100 cannonballs were fired into the town. After the building burned in 1887 and was rebuilt, the cannonball was replaced in the side wall, as close to its original site as possible. It is located in the Joey Lee building, which is located on the historic town square. The building is currently owned and houses the office of attorney Roger T. Rigney, it also features a plaquard noting the cannonballs and the history behind it out front. The opening of the railroad brought economic growth to Elizabeth Town, which became an important trade center along the railroad and a strategic point during the Civil War. The military were assigned to suppress the local Ku Klux Klan under the Enforcement Acts, as their members had been attacking freedmen and other Republicans. They also broke up illegal distilleries, which began to flourish in the South after the civil War.


Elizabethtown is one of two larger towns (the other being Bowling Green) along I-65 between Louisville and Nashville. It is officially classified by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) as being in a "moist county" The movie Elizabethtown (2005) was named after the town. Most of the footage was filmed in Versailles and Louisville because Elizabethtown has lost much of its historic architecture in recent years due to commercial development. In 2011, the residents of Elizabethtown, Radcliff, and Vine Grove voted to allow properly licensed businesses to sell package liquor, wine, and beer. Beer, wine and spirits can be purchased at licensed liquor stores, drug stores and grocery outlets, beer can be purchase at most convenience stores. The locals classify this as a "damp" or " moist" county. In popular usage, the term'moist' more often refers to the city's former status as allowing by-the-drink sales in restaurants, but not package sales. Despite the county being a dry county, alcoholic drink sales have long been allowed in restaurants seating at least 100 diners and deriving at least 70% of their total sales from food. The town is regionally referred to as "E-town" (sometimes with an apostrophe in place of the dash). It is also known as "Elizabethtown" in some areas of the state, and as "Lebanon" in other parts of the country.


The city is served by the Elizabethtown Regional Airport (EKX) The Elizabethtown Airport Board was as of 2013 exploring options to bring commercial services to the city. The city is also served by Elizabethtown High School, which is located in the city's downtown area. The school is a part of Elizabethtown Community College, which has a campus in Elizabethtown. The town also has its own high school, which was founded in the early 1900s. The high school has a football team and a track and field team, which were both established in the late 20th century. It is also the site of the town's first high school football team, founded in 1929. The football team won the state championship in 1953. The basketball team won a state championship the following year. The team also won a national championship in 1954. The Elizabeth Town High School football team was established in 1953 and won the national championship the year after. The district also has a high school band, which won the State Championship the year before. It has a junior high and senior high school team, both of which were founded in 1954 and 1954. It also has an adult high school and junior high football teams, which are also based in the town. It was the first city in the state to win the state high school championship in the history of the state in 1959 and 1960. The state's high school wrestling team won its first state title in 1961 and 1962, and the state's senior high football championship in 1962.


As of the census of 2010, there were 28,531 people, 15,711 households, and 9,345 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 80.4% White (78.1% non-Hispanic), 19.6% African American, 0.34% Native American or Alaska Native, 2.6%. The city is part of the LouisvilleElizabethtownBardstown, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area. In 2000, Hardin County, Kentucky and LaRue County, Kentucky were defined as the Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area by the Bureau of the Census. The name of the region was changed in 2013 to ElizabethtownFort Knox, KY Metropolitan Statistical area. Full economic data for Kentucky locations from the 2010 Census has not yet been released. As of the 2000 Census, about 8.5% of families and 10.5%. of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6. of those under age 18 and 9.1%. of those age 65 or over. The median income for a household was $40,720, and the medianincome for a family was $54,699. Full-time male workers had a median income of $43,406 versus $30,310 for females. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.3% of thePopulation. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was2.94. The age distribution was 25.1. under 18, 9.8. from 18 to 24, 27.5. from 25 to 44, 24.4. from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 or older. The. median age was 35.4 years.


Elizabethtown is home to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The Hardin County Schools are another district that encompasses some of the city limits. Western Kentucky University has a regional campus located on post at Fort Knox and in a building that is shared with ECTC in Elizabethtown. Elizabethtown has a lending library, a branch of the Hard in County Public Library. The Elizabethtown Japanese School holds its classes at the Elizabethtown community and technical college. The city has a public library, and a private school, Saint James Catholic Regional School and Gloria Dei Lutheran School. It also has an elementary and middle school, as well as a high school and a middle and high school, all of which are located in the Hardin School District. The town has a post office, a library, an elementary school, a middle school and an high school. It has a community center, a private church, and an adult education center, all in the town of Elizabethtown or nearby Radcliff. It is also home to an elementary, middle and secondary school, and two private schools, one of which is a Catholic regional school and the other a Lutheran private school. There are no public schools in the city, but there are several private schools in Hardin and Hardin Counties, including a private Catholic school, the St. James Regional Catholic School and a public elementary school. The community college is a member of the Kentucky Community and technical College System, as is the Empire Beauty School, formerly the Hair Design School.

Sister cities

Elizabethtown has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International. The sister city is Koori, Fukushima, Japan. Elizabethtown also has a sister city in San Francisco, California. The city also has sister cities in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The town also has two sister cities outside of the U.S. in Australia and New Zealand. It also has one Sister City in the United Kingdom, the Sister City Society of New England, which is based in the town of Waltham, Massachusetts. It is also a Sister City of the City of San Diego, California, and the Sister Cities Society of the United States of America, which are based in San Diego and Washington, DC. It has one twin city in the Philippines, the sister city of San Antonio, Texas, and one in Argentina, the city of Puebla, Mexico, as well as one in South Africa and the sister cities of the Philippines in South America and the Philippines. The U.N. Sister City Council has designated Elizabethtown as one of its sister cities, and it has an official sister city status with the Sister cities of San Francisco and San Diego. The Sister Cities Association has designated the town's sister city as "Sister Cities International" as "Elizabethtown-Fukushima-Koori" The town has one other sister city that is part of Sister City International, in Japan, as "Fuku KoorI, Fukushima-Fushima, Japan".


The first Baptist settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains was in Elizabethtown at Severns Valley Baptist Church. Catholics came west from Nelson County and settled at Colesburg at St. Clare Parish before coming to St. James Parish. Lucinda Helm helped bring United Methodists into Elizabethtown, and they immortalized her in naming the Helm Memorial United Methodist Church, today simply called MUMC. More than 12 denominations are represented by over 100 churches in Elizabeth Town. The town is home to more than 2,000 people, most of whom live in or near the town center. It is the largest town in West Virginia, with a population of around 2,500. The city's population is about 2,200 people, with most of its residents living in or around the town centre. The population of Elizabethtown is about 1,500 people, and it is the second largest city in the state. It has a population density of about 1.2 million people per square mile (1.3 million to 1.4 million people living in the town of 1,200 square miles). The town's population has grown from 1,000 to 2,300 people in the last 100 years, and the population is expected to reach 3,000 by the end of the year. The community's population will reach 4,000 in the next few years, with the majority of the population living in and around the downtown area. It will be the state's largest city when the city celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky = 77. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 48. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 30. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Elizabethtown = 4.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 31,394 individuals with a median age of 38.5 age the population grows by 6.33% in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,141.68 residents per square mile of area (440.81/km²). There are average 2.3 people per household in the 10,067 households with an average household income of $46,651 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 10.40% of the available work force and has dropped -1.51% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 26.58%. The number of physicians in Elizabethtown per 100,000 population = 210.4.


The annual rainfall in Elizabethtown = 50 inches and the annual snowfall = 3.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 120. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 198. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 26.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 39, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky which are owned by the occupant = 52.10%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 26 years with median home cost = $131,470 and home appreciation of 1.52%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $6.53 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,449 per student. There are 15.9 students for each teacher in the school, 554 students for each Librarian and 417 students for each Counselor. 8.79% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 11.83% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 10.01% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Elizabethtown's population in Hardin County, Kentucky of 1,861 residents in 1900 has increased 16,87-fold to 31,394 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 53.00% female residents and 47.00% male residents live in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky.

    As of 2020 in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky are married and the remaining 41.52% are single population.

  • 22.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Elizabethtown require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    85.01% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.36% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.32% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.04% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky, 52.10% are owner-occupied homes, another 36.39% are rented apartments, and the remaining 11.51% are vacant.

  • The 49.23% of the population in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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