Introduction to Cynthiana, Kentucky

Cynthiana, Kentucky, in Harrison county, is located 29 miles N of Lexington, Kentucky.

Cynthiana History

The city of Cynthiana derived its name from Cynthia and Anna Harrison, who were the daughters of Robert Harrison. Robert Harrison had donated the land called the Public Square. During the American Civil War, two battles were held at Cynthiana. The first was fought on July 17, 1862 and the second was fought on June 11 and 12, 1864. It resulted in the defeat of the Confederate forces on the last raid of Morgan into the state.

Cynthiana and nearby Attractions

  • Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
  • Blue Licks Battlefield State Park
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • American Saddlebred Museum
  • Aviation Museum of Kentucky

Things To Do In Cynthiana

Visitors to Cynthiana can visit the parks including Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park and Kincaid Lake State Park and enjoy various facilities like camping, boating, and fishing. These parks also include a pool and a miniature golf course. One can also take a trip to the Cynthiana - Harrison County Museum. Tourists may also enjoy the local festivals like Harrison County Fair, which is held in the month of July and Raggedy Ann Festival, which is held in the month of April.

Cynthiana Transportation

Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International is the nearest international airport.

Cynthiana Higher Education

University of Kentucky, Lexington Community College, and Northern Kentucky University are some of the colleges and universities from where one can avail higher education.


Total Population 6,380
Male Share of the Population 45.3%
Female Share of the Population 54.7%
Senior Citizens 20.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,358
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 36.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $34,442
% Above Poverty Level 71.7%
% Below Poverty Level 28.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 38.3%
Median Gross Rent $527
Median House Value $90,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 12.4%

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

Cynthiana Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 29 miles N of Lexington, Kentucky
County Harrison
Standard Zip Codes 41031
Phone Area Codes 859
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.39
Longitude -84.294

Cynthiana Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.6 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 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Distance 29.8 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, Cynthiana, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Broadwell (41031)

Buena Vista (41031)

Colville (41031)

Connersville (41031)

Hooktown (41031)

Lair (41031)

Lees Lick (41031)

Leesburg (41031)

Morningglory (41031)

Oddville (41031)

Poindexter (41031)

Ruddels Mills (41031)

Rutland (41031)

Shadynook (41031)

Shawhan (41031)

Sunrise (41031)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berry 280 $56,167
Carlisle 2,163 $37,394
Corinth 231 $0
Millersburg 911 $53,083
Paris 9,831 $50,156
Sadieville 294 $46,875

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

Cynthiana Public Libraries

Cynthiana-harrison County Public Library
Cynthiana, Kentucky
(859) 234-4881
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Cynthiana Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1210 KY HWY 36 E
(859) 234-2300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 952 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

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