Introduction to Paris, Kentucky

Paris, Kentucky, in Bourbon county, is 19 miles NE of Lexington, Kentucky. The people of the city are in the Lexington metropolitan area. Paris has a population of 9,183.

Paris History

The city of Paris was settled in the year 1775. Paris is Bourbon county’s county seat. It was first chartered in 1789 and was then known as Hopewell, Virginia. The name was changed to Paris in the year 1790. This was done as a gesture of appreciation of the assistance of France during the revolutionary war. Paris was first incorporated as a city in 1862.

Paris and nearby Attractions

  • Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate
  • Boone Station State Historic Site
  • Fort Boonesboro State Park
  • Waveland State Historic Site
  • White Hall State Historic Site

Things To Do In Paris

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park and Fort Boonesborough State Park are the nearby parks where the visitors can enjoy various recreational activities. Tourists can visit several museums like Cynthiana - Harrison County Museum, Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum, and Bluegrass Heritage Museum. Visitors can join the natives in celebrating the local festivals like the Blueberry Jubilee and Pancake Day, Bourbon County Fair, and Cane Ridge Day.

Paris Transportation

Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International is the nearest international airport.

Paris Higher Education

University of Kentucky, Lexington Community College, and Eastern Kentucky University are the educational institution that offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 9,746
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,091
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 39%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.8%
Median Earnings25+ $27,590
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,133
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,536


Median Family Income $40,635
% Above Poverty Level 75%
% Below Poverty Level 25%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32.8%
Median Gross Rent $656
Median House Value $115,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32%
US/American 0%
English 8%
Irish 11.6%

Paris Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles NE of Lexington, Kentucky
County Bourbon
Metro Area Lexington
Standard Zip Codes 40361
P.O. Box Zip Codes 40362
Phone Area Codes 859
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.209
Longitude -84.253

Paris Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 66 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Clintonville (40361)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carlisle 2,135 $43,125
Cynthiana 6,388 $35,295
Georgetown 30,349 $65,664
Millersburg 843 $53,359
North Middletown 928 $56,875
Winchester 18,363 $48,831

Paris Public Libraries

Paris-bourbon County Public Library
Paris, Kentucky
(859) 987-4419
Library Web Site

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Paris Hospitals

(859) 987-3600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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