Introduction to Berea, Kentucky

Berea, Kentucky, in Madison county, is located 30 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky. The city is in the Lexington area, and has 9,851 residents.

Berea History

The city of Berea was originally a part of an area known as the Glade. In the year 1853, a free track of land of Glade was given to Reverend John Gregg Fee by Cassius Marcellus Clay. Fee established two churches in this land, and set up a college and a tiny village. The reverend named this land Berea, after the biblical town Veria. Berea College was the only integrated college in the region for over 35 years.

Berea and nearby Attractions

  • Boone Station State Historic Site
  • Constitution Square State Historic Site
  • Fort Boonesboro State Park
  • Bluegrass Heritage Museum
  • Camp Nelson Heritage Park

Things To Do In Berea

The area has a number of local churches that one can visit. These are Glades Church, Gospel Tabernacle, and the West Side Church. Visitors can enjoy the recreational facilities of camping, fishing, miniature golf, and picnic offered by the Fort Boonesborough State Park. Tourists can also join the natives in the local festivals like the International Festival and Spoonbread Festival, which are celebrated every year in the month of May and September respectively.

Berea Transportation

Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International is the nearest international airport.

Berea Higher Education

The city is home to the Berea College. Apart from that, the Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky also offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 14,454
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,424
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $48,845
% Above Poverty Level 73.1%
% Below Poverty Level 26.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 21.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28.9%
Median Gross Rent $647
Median House Value $126,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.3%
US/American 0%
English 12.1%
Irish 13.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Berea Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 30 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky
County Madison
Metro Area Lexington
Standard Zip Codes 40403
Company Zip Codes 40404
Phone Area Codes 859
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.568
Longitude -84.296

Berea Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 44 F
Apr Temp 45 to 69 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 26.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brodhead 1,324 $22,163
Crab Orchard 1,002 $29,427
Lancaster 3,814 $30,775
McKee 958 $19,550
Mount Vernon 2,814 $32,063
Richmond 32,574 $43,330

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Berea Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(859) 986-6500
Emergency Service: No

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