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Overview

Introduction to Richmond, Kentucky

The Kentucky city of Richmond, county seat of Madison County, is located 26 miles south of Lexington and 110 miles southeast of Louisville. The metropolitan area of Cincinnati, Ohio, sits about 112 miles north of the city. Richmond is serviced by Interstate Highways I-64 and I-75 in conjunction with U.S. Route 25 and Kentucky State Highway 52. The city is home to Eastern Kentucky University.

Shortly after its founding in 1798 by Colonel John Miller, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, Richmond replaced nearby Milford as the county seat. The city was named in honor of Miller's birthplace (Richmond, Virginia). In 1906, the state General Assembly enacted legislation to establish the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, which would undergo several name changes in subsequent years; starting with Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, then Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College, and then Eastern Kentucky State College, before finally settling in as Eastern Kentucky University. While continuing to recognize its historic function of preparing quality teachers for Kentucky's elementary and secondary schools, the University today offers a strong liberal arts curriculum leading to a wide variety of degrees.

Things to do in Richmond

One of Kentucky's fastest-growing cities, Richmond boasts a wide variety of theaters, live entertainment, cultural activities, and many areas of scenic and historic interest. Historic Downtown Richmond is one of the finest restored 19th century commercial districts in the Southeast. The Irvinton House Museum is an opulent 1820 mansion complete with its original furnishings. White Hall State Historic Site is the former home of emancipationist and publisher Cassius Marcellus Clay, who was also U. S. minister to Russia and a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Twelve miles to the north of the city is Fort Boonesborough State Park, the site of a famous Kentucky settlement established by Daniel Boone in 1775. The site has been reconstructed as a working fort which also houses The Kentucky River Museum, depicting life on the river as it was circa-1900. Other area attractions include the following:

  • Bybee Pottery: In business since 1809
  • The Hummel Planetarium and Space Theater at Eastern Kentucky University
  • Daniel Boone Monument
  • Lake Reba Recreational Complex
  • Madison County Courthouse
  • Richmond Area Arts Center
  • Richmond Cemetery
  • Richmond Raceway
  • Jolly Time Arcade

The Eastern Kentucky University athletic program is responsible for some top-notch collegiate sports action in Richmond. The University's sports teams, known as the Colonels, compete in the NCAA's Division I (I-AA for football) as members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Colonels have a tradition of success. The football team has claimed 16 conference titles and two Division I-AA National Championships (1979, 1982). More recently, the University's men's and women's basketball teams both won their respective Ohio Valley Conference tournament championships in 2005.

Minor League Baseball can be found a half-hour north of the city in nearby Lexington. The Lexington Legends, who play in the South Atlantic League, are a Class-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Houston Astros. Major League action is about two hours away in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. There, fans can watch Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds or the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals. Minor-league teams in Cincinnati include the Kings, a soccer team in the 2nd division of the United Soccer League (USL); the Cyclones, a hockey team competing in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL); and the Excite, a team in the American Indoor Soccer League (AISL).

A two-hour drive in the westerly direction brings thoroughbred racing fans to Louisville, home of Churchill Downs. This legendary racetrack is home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby, the first leg of racing's Triple Crown, held on the first Saturday in May every year.

Demographics

People

Total Population33,583
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens9.6%
Employed Population 16+15,926
Age of the Population26

Families

% of people married26.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.5%
Median Earnings25+$28,157
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,188
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,250

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,126
% Above Poverty Level67.4%
% Below Poverty Level32.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone39%
Median Gross Rent$631
Median House Value$138,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.2%
Irish14.5%
German14.4%
English11.5%
Scottish2.9%
Italian2.4%
Dutch2%
French Except Basque1.9%
Polish1.6%
Welsh0.9%
African0.9%
Arab0.9%
Russian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Kenyan0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Richmond Almanac

CategoryValue
County Madison County
Standard Zip Codes40475
P.O. Box Zip Codes40476
Phone Area Codes859
Time ZoneAmerica/Kentucky/Louisville
Approximate Latitude37.74
Approximate Longitude-84.29

Richmond Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEASTERN KENTUCKY UNIV
Distance2.1 miles
Jan Temp23 to 41 F
Apr Temp43 to 66 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip46.3 inches
StationDIX DAM
Distance23.4 miles
Jan Temp26 to 43 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp67 to 87 F
Oct Temp47 to 70 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationDANVILLE
Distance26.4 miles
Jan Temp23 to 41 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip48.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berea14,667$48,864
Crab Orchard877$28,542
Irvine2,257$40,943
Lancaster3,831$40,063
Nicholasville29,249$49,814
Winchester18,395$50,745

Richmond Public Libraries

Madison County Public Library
507 WEST MAIN STREET
Richmond, Kentucky
(859) 623-6704

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Richmond Hospitals

Baptist Health Richmond
(Proprietary)
801 Eastern Bypass
(859) 623-3131

Richmond Public Schools

Madison Central High School
705 N 2nd St
ZIP: 40475
(859) 625-6109
High
Total Enrollment 1845
Middle College At Eastern Kentucky
521 Lancaster Ave, Coates Cpo 91
ZIP: 40475
(859) 622-7555
High
Total Enrollment 15
Kirksville Elementary School
2399 Lancaster Rd
ZIP: 40475
(859) 624-4583
Primary
Total Enrollment 649
Model Laboratory High School
521 Lancaster Ave, Eastern Kentucky University
ZIP: 40475
(859) 622-3766
High
Total Enrollment 220
Kit Carson Elementary School
450 Tates Creek Rd
ZIP: 40475
(859) 625-6103
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Daniel Boone Elementary School
710 N 2nd St
ZIP: 40475
(859) 625-6070
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Madison Middle School
101 Summit St
ZIP: 40475
(859) 624-4550
Middle
Total Enrollment 442
Farristown Middle School
550 S Keeneland Dr
ZIP: 40475
(859) 387-8600
Middle
Total Enrollment 454
White Hall Elementary School
2166 Lexington Rd
ZIP: 40475
(859) 625-6134
Primary
Total Enrollment 670
Model Laboratory Elementary School
521 Lancaster Ave, Eastern Kentucky University
ZIP: 40475
(859) 622-3766
Primary
Total Enrollment 313
Glenn R Marshall Elementary School
1442 Robert R. Martin Bypass
ZIP: 40475
(859) 625-6076
Primary
Total Enrollment 501
B. Michael Caudill Middle School
1428 Robert R. Martin Bypass
ZIP: 40475
(859) 625-6172
Middle
Total Enrollment 652
Madison County Day Treatment
300 Bellevue Dr
ZIP: 40475
(859) 625-6161
Other
Total Enrollment 8
Clark Moores Middle School
1143 Berea Rd
ZIP: 40475
(859) 624-4545
Middle
Total Enrollment 506
Model Laboratory Middle School
521 Lancaster Ave, Eastern Kentucky University
ZIP: 40475
(859) 622-3766
Middle
Total Enrollment 179
Madison County Kindergarten Academy
300 Bond St.
ZIP: 40475
(859) 625-6050
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Madison County Area Technology Center
703 North Second Street
ZIP: 40475
(859) 624-4520

Richmond Private Schools

St Mark School
115 Parrish Ave
ZIP: 40475
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
Blue Grass Christian School
211 Pin Oak Dr
ZIP: 40475
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 47
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