Introduction to Morehead, Kentucky

Morehead, Kentucky, in Rowan county, is 56 miles W of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center) and 58 miles E of Lexington, Kentucky. The city contains a population of approximately 5,914.

Morehead History

The city of Morehead is the county seat in Rowan County. The city was named after Gov. James T. Morehead who was the first native - born governor of the state. The history of Morehead dates back to the late 19th century when it became the battlezone of the Rowan Country War. The first settlers of the area migrated from Virginia to claim land grants for service in the Revolutionary War. Most of the immigrants settled in fertile valleys along the Licking River and Triplett Creek. One of the first communities to evolve was farmers who were located in the western part of the county on the Licking River. The city since then has evolved in to forefront of business and education.

Morehead and nearby Attractions

  • Kentucky Folk Art Center
  • Carter Caves State Resort Park
  • Cane Ridge Meeting House
  • Daniel Boone National Forest
  • Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
  • Blue Licks Battlefield State Park

Things To Do In Morehead

Tourists can visit several historic sites which includes the Cane Ridge Meeting House and Blue Licks Battlefield State Park. The park is a reminiscence of 1782 Revolutionary War battle field. Tourists can also be a part of the local festivities by participating in the Cave Run Storytelling Festival which occurs in September and Family Country Festival that takes place in the month of June evey year.

Morehead Transportation

Air transportation is available from Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Morehead Higher Education

Morehead State University, Shawnee State University, Kentucky Christian College, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College offer higher educational opportunities.


Total Population 6,938
Male Share of the Population 44.6%
Female Share of the Population 55.4%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 2,555
Age of the Population 23


% of people married 20.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $57,750
% Above Poverty Level 63.9%
% Below Poverty Level 36.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 7%
% Using Public Transportation 3.8%


People Living Alone 45.2%
Median Gross Rent $582
Median House Value $155,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.1%
US/American 0%
English 12.4%
Irish 14.2%

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

Morehead Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 56 miles W of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles E of Lexington, Kentucky
County Rowan
Standard Zip Codes 40351
Phone Area Codes 606
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.183
Longitude -83.432

Morehead Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station FARMERS 2 S
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 41 F
Apr Temp 40 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Distance 39.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 43.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 41 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 43 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Morehead, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Haldeman (40351)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Frenchburg 517 $0
Olive Hill 1,863 $41,125
Owingsville 1,776 $34,453
Salt Lick 353 $33,750
Sandy Hook 548 $27,813
Wellington 506 $113,125

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

Morehead Public Libraries

Rowan County Public Library
Morehead, Kentucky
(606) 784-7137
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Morehead Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(606) 783-6500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Morehead High Schools

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A Title I School.
Serves 876 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

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