Worthington, Kentucky

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Worthington, Kentucky
Location of Worthington, Kentucky
Location of Worthington, Kentucky
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Country United States
State Kentucky
County Greenup
Incorporated February 5, 1920
Named for a local landowner
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Timothy Mullins
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 561 ft (171 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,673
 • Density 1,427.1/sq mi (551.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41183
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-84864
GNIS feature ID 0507152
Website worthington-ky.com

Worthington is a home rule-class city[1] on the south bank of the Ohio River in Greenup County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 1,609 as of the 2010 U.S. census.

Worthington is a part of the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area. As of the 2000 U.S. census, this MSA had a population of 288,649.


The site of the present city was once owned by Abraham Buford, who sold the land to the Means and Russell Iron Company. This company sold the land to W.J. Wortington,[2] who was William O. Bradley's lieutenant governor from 1895-1899.[3] After his death, the property was given to his daughters, who founded the present town and named it for their father.[2]

Worthington was incorporated as a city by the Kentucky General Assembly on February 5, 1920.[4]


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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (2.50%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 843
1940 918 8.9%
1950 695 −24.3%
1960 1,235 77.7%
1970 1,364 10.4%
1980 1,948 42.8%
1990 1,751 −10.1%
2000 1,673 −4.5%
2010 1,609 −3.8%
Est. 2014 1,586 [6] −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,673 people, 663 households, and 519 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,427.1 people per square mile (552.1/km²). There were 698 housing units at an average density of 595.4 per square mile (230.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.74% White, 0.06% African American, 0.06% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 663 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,875, and the median income for a family was $39,737. Males had a median income of $35,324 versus $19,643 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,239. About 7.8% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


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A MiG takes off from Ashland Regional Airport

The city sits within the Raceland-Worthington Independent School District, which also includes the neighboring city of Raceland. One school, Worthington Elementary School, is located in the city.

Ashland Regional Airport

Located in Worthington, and named for nearby Ashland, the Ashland Regional Airport was once used extensively by the oil manufacturing company Ashland Inc. before the company's corporate headquarters was moved from Russell to Covington. Currently, the airport serves local charter and private aircraft. Recently, community events, such as car and air shows, have also taken place at the airport. File:Gravel Pit.jpg

The current day Ohio River backwater called the Gravel Pit was a sand and pea gravel quarry from the 1930s until the construction of the Greenup Locks and Dam in 1962.

Notable people

  • Corporal John W. Collier, Medal of Honor recipient for his service during the Korean War

See also


  1. "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rennick, Robert M. (1988). "Place Names". Kentucky Place Names. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-0179-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Accessed 23 Apr 2010.
  3. "Index to Politicians: Worthington". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2007-03-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Worthington, Kentucky". Accessed 23 Apr 2010.
  5. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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