Flatwoods, Kentucky

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Flatwoods, Kentucky

Introduction to Flatwoods, Kentucky

Flatwoods, Kentucky, in Greenup county, is 16 miles NW of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center) and 100 miles S of Columbus, Ohio. The city is included in the Huntington - Ashland metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 7,605 people lived in Flatwoods.

Flatwoods History

The city of Flatwoods is located in Greenup County, in the Huntington - Ashland metro area. The city derives its name from the original topography of the area, which was a belt of flat wooded land, approximately 650 feet in elevation along the Ohio River. The city was originally named as Advance, after the Advance Methodist Church. Its name changed to Cheap, after a blind Methodist called John Cheap. In the year 1938, the city post office was renamed Flatwoods, and the town got incorporated under this name.

Flatwoods and nearby Attractions

  • Dean State Forest
  • Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
  • Shawnee State Forest
  • Serpent Mound
  • Lawrence County Museum

Things To Do In Flatwoods

Tourists can get a glimpse to the history of the place by visiting the Lawrence County Museum. One can also enjoy the Serpent Mound designed in shape of an uncoiling serpent. The Shawnee State Forest is another site tourists can visit to witness the rich vegetation of the forest. In addition, the city organizes several recreational events throughout the year.

Flatwoods Transportation

Air transport is available from Rickenbacker International Airport.

Flatwoods Higher Education

Higher education can be availed from Shawnee State University, University of Rio Grande, and Marshall University.

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High Points

Flatwoods strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Kentucky):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Flatwoods Low Property Crime
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Flatwoods Low Violent Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Flatwoods Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Flatwoods Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Flatwoods, Kentucky

Comparing Flatwoods to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Kentucky (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 9 6
Age of the Population 8 7
Senior Citizens 7 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Male Share of the Population 3 5
Well-Paid Single Men 1 4
Racial Diversity 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 9
Average Household Size 4 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 5 7
People Above Poverty 4 7
Median Family Income 3 6
College Educated Adults 2 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 4 8
Public Transportation Use 2 5
Working at Home 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 5
Affordability of Rents 9 5
Housing Recently Built 7 6
People Living Alone 4 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9
Low Violent Crime 10 8

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Flatwoods Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles NW of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 100 miles S of Columbus, Ohio
County Greenup
Metro Area Huntington - Ashland
Standard Zip Codes 41139
Phone Area Codes 606
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.522
Longitude -82.717

Flatwoods Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 42 F
Apr Temp 37 to 68 F
Jul Temp 61 to 88 F
Oct Temp 40 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42.3 inches
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Flatwoods Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,605 100%
Male 3,549 46.7%
Female 4,056 53.3%
Under 18 1,752 23%
18+ 5,853 77%
65+ 1,237 16.3%
Median Age 39.8
Average Family Size 2.85
White 7,467 98.2%
African-American 29 0.4%
Asian 27 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.2%
Other 23 0.3%
Mixed Race 44 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 44 0.6%

Estimated Flatwoods Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,621
Growth 16
Growth % 0.2%

Flatwoods Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 38.4%
English 15.8%
German 13.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10%
Irish 9.8%
Scotch-Irish 3.1%
Scottish 2.6%
Dutch 2.4%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Polish 0.9%
European 0.6%
Norwegian 0.4%
Italian 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Flatwoods 7,605 $39,023
Bellefonte 837 $81,798
Raceland 2,355 $37,955
Russell 3,645 $62,018
Westwood 612 $74,318
Worthington 1,673 $39,737
Wurtland 1,049 $34,063
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