Georgetown, Kentucky

For the other community formerly known as Georgetown, Kentucky, see Fairview, Christian County, Kentucky.
Georgetown, Kentucky

Nickname(s): G-Town

Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°12′35″N 84°33′36″W / 38.20972°N 84.56000°W / 38.20972; -84.56000Coordinates: 38°12′35″N 84°33′36″W / 38.20972°N 84.56000°W / 38.20972; -84.56000
Country United States
State Kentucky
Counties Scott
Established 1784[1]
  Mayor Tom Prather
  Total 15.85 sq mi (25.51 km2)
Elevation 846 ft (258 m)
Population (2015)
  Total 32,356
  Density 1,873.2/sq mi (1,140.7/km2)
  Demonym Georgetonian
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP Code 40324
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-30700
GNIS feature ID 0492790

Georgetown is a home rule-class city[2] in Scott County, Kentucky, in the United States. The 2015 population was 32,356 per the United States Census Bureau.[3] It is the 7th-largest city by population in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is the seat of its county. It was originally called Lebanon when founded by Rev. Elijah Craig and was renamed in 1790 in honor of President George Washington.[4] It is the home of Georgetown College, a private liberal arts college. Georgetown is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The city's growth began in the mid-1980s, when Toyota built Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, its first wholly owned United States plant, in the city. The plant, which currently builds the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Venza, Avalon, and Lexus ES automobiles,[5] opened in 1988. It is the largest building in terms of acres covered under one building in the United States, with over 200 acres (0.8 km2) occupied. The city previously served as the training camp for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.


Ward Hall, a Greek Revival landmark

Native peoples have lived along the banks of Elkhorn Creek in what is now Scott County for at least 15,000 years.[4] European exploration can be dated to a June 1774 surveying expedition from Fincastle County, Virginia, led by Colonel John Floyd. For his military service, he was granted a claim of 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) in the area by the state of Virginia. He named it Royal Spring but did not settle it.[6] John McClellan was the first to settle the area and established McClellan's Station there in 1775, but the compound was abandoned following an Indian attack on December 29, 1776.

In 1782, the Baptist preacher Elijah Craig led his congregation to the site and established a new settlement which he called Lebanon. This was incorporated by the Virginia legislature in 1784.[6] Craig established some of the first mills west of the Appalachian Mountains along the Royal Spring Branch, manufacturing cloth and paper.[4] He also founded a distillery in 1789, as well as a school called the Rittenhouse Academy. This eventually grew into Georgetown College.[7] The city's name was changed to George Town in honor of President George Washington in 1790. When Kentucky became the 15th U.S. state in 1792 and formed Scott County, George Town became its seat of government. The name was formally changed to Georgetown in 1846.[6]

During the Civil War, Georgetown was raided by Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan twice, once on July 15, 1862, and the second time on July 10, 1864.[6] Following the war, the town became a railroad hub, connected to the Cincinnati Southern, the Louisville Southern, and the Frankfort & Cincinnati. The last was considered the "whiskey route" and brought much of the region's bourbon to market.[6] From 1896 to 1987, the Cardome Centre site was the location of a girl's academy founded by the Sisters of Visitation. It now serves as a community center for the city of Georgetown.[8]

Throughout the 20th century, Georgetown has been in transition from an economy based primarily on agriculture, to a diversified one mixing manufacturing, small business, and the family farm. During the 1960s, the construction of Interstate 75 placed the city on one of the busiest highways in America. The selection of Georgetown as the site of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in 1985 has resulted in the greatest period of growth in the city's history. The historic Ward Hall, now the home of The Ward Hall Preservation Foundation, is located just outside Georgetown. Ward Hall was the summer home of Junius Ward. The home represents the height of the Greek Revival period of architecture in Kentucky.

The Georgetown business section has a historic district known as the Oxford Historic District.[9]


Georgetown is located at 38°12′52″N 84°33′20″W / 38.21444°N 84.55556°W / 38.21444; -84.55556 (38.214542, -84.555496).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.85 square miles (41 km2), all land.


Climate data for Georgetown, Kentucky
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F 41 46 55 66 74 83 86 86 79 68 55 44 65
Average low °F 25 28 36 45 54 63 66 65 58 47 37 28 46
Average precipitation inches 3.20 3.31 4.07 3.60 5.26 4.44 4.65 3.25 2.91 3.13 3.53 3.93 45.28
Average high °C 5 8 13 19 23 28 30 30 26 20 13 7 18
Average low °C −4 −2 2 7 12 17 19 18 14 8 3 −2 8
Average precipitation mm 81.3 84.1 103.4 91.4 133.6 112.8 118.1 82.6 73.9 79.5 89.7 99.8 1,150.1
Source: The Weather Channel[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201532,356[12]11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the 2010 Census,[14] there were 29,098 people 10,733 households, and 7,452 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,836.4 per square mile (709.0/km2). There were 11,957 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 87.5% White, 7.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.3% of the population. According to the 2010 census, Georgetown is Kentucky's ninth largest city.[14]

There were 10,733 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09.

The age distribution was 27.9% under 18 and 8.3% who were 65 or older. The median age was 31.7 years. The median income for a household in the city was $51,692. The per capita income for the city was $24,376. About 13.9% of the population was below the poverty line.[14]


The best selling car in the United States, the Toyota Camry, is manufactured in Georgetown, Kentucky

Top employers

# Employer # of Employees
1 Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky 9,543[15]
2 Scott County Schools 1,655[15]
3 Johnson Controls 763[15]
4 Toyota Tsusho 457[15]
5 Georgetown Community Hospital 457[15]
6 Leggett & Platt 446[15]
7 Aichi Forge USA 415[15]
8 Kroger 385[15]
9 Georgetown College 371[15]
10 Walmart 360[15]


Georgetown College is a private liberal arts college located in the downtown area of Georgetown.

Public education in Georgetown and Scott County consists of eight elementary schools (grades K-5), three middle schools (grades 6-8) and one high school (grades 9-12). These twelve schools are all part of the Scott County School system. Plans have been in progress for an additional high school and middle school within the city limits for several years due to the expanding population. Scott County High School also houses a separate (though still attached) wing for students in the ninth grade, called the Ninth Grade Center, which was developed to ease the transition for students between middle school and high school. An extended campus of the high school, Elkhorn Crossing School, provides some sophomores and juniors with a curriculum that integrates academic and career-based disciplines. Another unique feature, the Alternative School, is also part of the Scott County High School educational complex. The Alternative School strives to educate students who may have difficulties in a normal classroom setting (for example, those with disciplinary or other concerns).

Public schools located within Georgetown and Scott County include:

Private education in Georgetown and Scott County includes St. John elementary and middle school, Providence Christian Academy elementary and middle school, and Keystone Montessori elementary school.


Georgetown has one hospital.

UK HealthCare and Baptist Health Lexington have regional campuses in Georgetown. Georgetown also has many nursing facilities, including Signature HealthCARE of Georgetown, Windsor Gardens Retirement Community, and Dover Manor Nursing Home.


Sister city

Georgetown has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

News publications

Georgetown's newspaper, the Georgetown News-Graphic, prints on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Residents of the area commonly subscribe to this locally geared newspaper in addition to the larger Lexington daily newspaper, the Lexington Herald-Leader.[17]

Notable residents

Georgetown City Hall 
Royal Spring 
Georgetown & Scott County Museum 


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  2. "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  3. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 "History of Georgetown/Scott County". Georgetown/Scott County Tourism. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  5. "Georgetown Toyota plant debuts new Lexus line with 3,000 employees, Kentucky officials". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
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  7. Georgetown College. "History".
  8. Cardome Center. "About" and "History".
  10. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. "Monthly Averages for Georgetown KY". The Weather Channel.
  12. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  13. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. 1 2 3 "State & County QuickFacts: Georgetown (city), Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
  15. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Georgetown/Scott County 2016 Community Profile" (PDF). Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  16. "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  17. Georgetown News-Graphic URL accessed on 05/13/2013.
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