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Overview

Introduction to Owensboro, Kentucky

Owensboro, Kentucky, in Daviess county, is 80 miles SW of Louisville, Kentucky.

Owensboro History

Owensboro was first settled in the year 1797. It was initially known as "Yellowbanks" which referred to the color of the sand on the banks of River Ohio. The first general store of the area was opened in 1810 by David Morton and this led to a gradual growth in the population. The city was incorporated as Owensborough in 1817 by the Kentucky Legislature. It was later shortened to Owensboro. In terms of population, industrial growth, and culture it is the state’s third largest city.

Owensboro and nearby Attractions

  • Angel Mounds State Historic Site
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
  • Pigeon Roost State Historic Site
  • Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

Things To Do In Owensboro

Visitors to the city can take a trip to Owensboro Area Museum of Science and History, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, and Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. Recreational facilities are also offered by the various local parks. Some of these include the Douglas Park, Seventh Street Park, Legion Park, and Chautauqua Park. Lewis Lane Church, Bellevue Church, Seven Hills Church are among the local churches.

Owensboro Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Owensboro - Daviess County Airport.

Owensboro Higher Education

Owensboro Community College, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Brescia University are the local higher educational institutions.

People

Total Population 58,350
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 24,556
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.9%
Median Earnings25+ $28,770
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,664
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,422

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,862
% Above Poverty Level 80.2%
% Below Poverty Level 19.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.5%
Median Gross Rent $637
Median House Value $104,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19%
US/American 0%
English 9.3%
Irish 11.6%

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

Owensboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 80 miles SW of Louisville, Kentucky
County Daviess
Metro Area Owensboro
Standard Zip Codes 42301, 42303
P.O. Box Zip Codes 42302, 42304
Phone Area Codes 270
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.774
Longitude -87.113

Owensboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station OWENSBORO 3 W
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station BOONVILLE 1 S
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches
Station HENDERSON 7 SSW
Distance 28.4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 45 to 69 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Saint Joseph (42301)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Calhoun 894 $37,500
Hawesville 1,033 $47,000
Island 442 $43,929
Lewisport 1,522 $50,671
Livermore 1,435 $34,009
Whitesville 473 $44,306

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

Owensboro Public Libraries

Library
Daviess County Public Library District
450 GRIFFITH AVENUE
Owensboro, Kentucky
(270) 684-0211

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Owensboro Hospitals

OWENSBORO MEDICAL HEALTH SYSTEM
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
811 E PARRISH AVE P O BOX 20007
(502) 688-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Owensboro High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

DAVIESS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
4255 NEW HARTFORD ROAD
270-852-7300
Serves 1,648 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

APOLLO HIGH SCHOOL
2280 TAMARACK ROAD
270-852-7100
Serves 1,410 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

OWENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL
1800 FREDERICA ST
270-686-1110
A Title I School.
Serves 1,057 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

OWENSBORO TREATMENT CENTER ALTERNATIVE
3001 LEITCHFIELD RD
270-687-7311
A Non-traditional School
Serves 62 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

RIVER VALLEY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HIGH SCHO
1000 INDUSTRIAL RD
270-689-6773
A Non-traditional School
Serves 7 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.4

OWENSBORO ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
1800 FREDERICA ST
270-686-1110
A Non-traditional School

MARY KENDALL ALTERNATIVE CAMPUS
193 PHILLIPS CT
270-686-1163
A Non-traditional School

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