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Jenkins, Kentucky

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Jenkins, Kentucky

Jenkins, Kentucky
Post office downtown
Post office downtown
Location of Jenkins, Kentucky
Location of Jenkins, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Letcher
Incorporated January 9, 1912
Named for the director of a local coal company
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor G.C. Kincer
 • Total 8.6 sq mi (22.2 km2)
 • Land 8.6 sq mi (22.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,539 ft (469 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,203
 • Density 256.2/sq mi (99.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41537
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-40312
GNIS feature ID 0495200

Jenkins is a 4th-class city in Letcher County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 2,203 as of the 2010 census.

Jenkins is best known as the Birthplace of Two Garys (country music star Gary Stewart and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers).


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Events 3
  • Places of interest 4
  • Demographics 5
  • Notable residents 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Coal camp houses in Jenkins during the Great Depression

In autumn of 1911, the

  • Official Site
  • Thayer's Gazetteer: Jenkins, Kentucky
  • The Guide to the Jenkins, Kentucky Photographic collection, 1911-1930 housed at the University of Kentucky Archives.

External links

  1. ^ a b c History of Jenkins, Kentucky Retrieved on 2010-2-7
  2. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Jenkins, Kentucky". Accessed 1 Aug 2013.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  4. ^ "Jenkins, Kentucky and Letcher County at". KYHomeTown. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 Population Estimates U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-05-23
  6. ^ "American FactFinder".  


Notable residents

The median income for a household in the city was $20,143, and the median income for a family was $25,985. Males had a median income of $31,087 versus $21,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,358. About 24.6% of families and 29.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.3% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

There were 968 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,401 people, 968 households, and 671 families residing in the city. The population density was 281.2 people per square mile (108.6/km²). There were 1,122 housing units at an average density of 131.4 per square mile (50.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.96% White, 1.08% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.


Places of interest

Jenkins Homecoming Days is an annual festival usually celebrated in August.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22 km2), of which 8.5 square miles (22 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.23%) is water.

Jenkins is located at (37.179914, -82.632148).[3]


[2] Jenkins was finally incorporated as a sixth-class city on January 9, 1912.[1] Jenkins's city government was established as soon as the businesses and land were put up for sale. The company even went as far to supply the town with its own marshals to enforce the law.[1] Because of the need of hundreds of homes and other structures, nine sawmills and two brickyards were erected. A dynamo was built to temporarily generate power for the houses. Next, a temporary narrow-gauge railroad was built over


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