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Mount Vernon is a city in Rockcastle Countymarker, Kentuckymarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 2,592 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Rockcastle County. It is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 25 and 150, two miles west of Interstate 75.

Mount Vernon is part of the RichmondmarkerBereamarker Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The area was first settled in 1790 around a feature called Spout Springs. Much of the area was originally swampland. The settlement was named for George Washington's home, Mt.marker Vernonmarker. The Wilderness Road was routed through in 1792, and was the principal settlement when Rockcastle County was created in 1810.

In 1883, a Louisville & Nashville railroad branch was built through the town, connecting it to Louisvillemarker and to Knoxvillemarker. The county's first newspaper, the Mount Vernon Signal, began publication in 1887. Although still a largely rural town and county, the construction of I-75 in the 1970s has drawn some industry to the area, and the population has increased about 50% from 1,639 in 1970.

Geography

Mount Vernon is located at (37.367018, -84.337409) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (14.56%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,592 people, 1,126 households, and 681 families residing in the city. The population density was 816.2 people per square mile (314.7/km²). There were 1,241 housing units at an average density of 390.8/sq mi (150.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100% White.

There were 1,126 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $16,747, and the median income for a family was $23,105. The per capita income for the city was $11,849. About 26.5% of families and 33.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.4% of those under age 18 and 26.8% of those age 65 or over.

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