Augusta, Kentucky

Augusta, Kentucky

Infobox Settlement
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subdivision_name1 = Kentucky
subdivision_name2 = Bracken
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leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Wendell High (2007-Present) (D)
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Augusta is a city in Bracken County, Kentucky, United States, along the Ohio River. As of the 2005 census, the city population was 2,004. When Bracken County was organized in 1796, Augusta was the county seat. In 1839, a new county courthouse was built at a more central location in Brooksville.


Augusta is located at coor dms|38|46|21|N|84|0|6|W|city (38.772556, -84.001530).GR|1

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.3 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (26.67%) is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2005, there were 2,004 people, 1384 households, and 430 families residing in the city. The population density was 990.9 people per square mile (411.0/km²). There were 605 housing units at an average density of 497.9/sq mi (191.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.51% White, 1.25% African American, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

There were 534 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,333, and the median income for a family was $34,167. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $22,188 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,450. About 9.6% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.


Augusta was founded in 1786 as a trading post along the Ohio River. The city was named after Augusta County, Virginia.The city grew quickly and in 1796 (in some cases as some people believe, 1786) became county seat of the Extensive Bracken County Area. The location was moved to Oxford then back to Augusta the finally to Brooksville in 1839 as county seat.The city was home to five separate schools, one private four public. The most famous built was the Augusta College, which served the entire Bracken area until 1887 when the High School was moved into that spot. The college continued to serve the city until October 31, 1896.


The city of Augusta is classified as a Class 4 city. Augusta is headed by the mayor and a City Council with six members and an attorney that preside at the meetings. After the inauguration of the Mayor the mayor selects his Vice Mayor who remains in that post until the next mayor is elected. There is no limit to the number of terms either the Mayor or the City Council can serve.

The City also has a Police Department, Fire Department, County Ambulance Department, Maintenance Department, and a Water Treatment Department.


The public schools, Augusta Elementary School and Augusta High School, are managed by the Augusta Independent Schools school district. The district was founded in 1887.

"Saint Augustine School" is a private Catholic school that houses PK-8 grade with an enrollment of 89 children. The current principal is Mike Ruf, who is the first non-religious order principal in the school's history.

Augusta Mayors

Wendell High (2006–Present) High is the first mayor to win two nonconsecutive terms in office.

John Laycock (2002–2006). Laycock, who was elected with 65% of the votes, was the first person to win a public office in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a "write-in".

Wendell High (1998–2002)

Louis Habermehl Jr (1994–1998)

Mike Bach (1990–1994)

Isaac Weldon (1986–1990)

Thomas Appelman (1970–1986)

ee also

*List of cities and towns along the Ohio River
*Rosemary Clooney Museum, Riverside Drive, Augusta

Famous People

*George Clooney lived in Augusta and graduated from Augusta High School.
*Nick Clooney an American television journalist, anchorman, game show and American Movie Classics host.
*Former Miss America Heather French was born in Augusta.
*Rosemary Clooney purchased a "get away" home on the river in 1980.
*William Henry Harrison stayed at General John Payne's home on Riverside Drive, on his way to be inaugurated.
*Dwight D. Eisenhower's body passed through Augusta on its way to Washington, D.C.
*William O. Miller the investigator at the Nuremberg Trials and prosecutor at Dachau War Crimes Trials, resided in Augusta.
*John Gregg Fee a famous alumnus of Augusta College and noted abolitionist in Kentucky.


* [ Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office]

External links

* [ City of Augusta Website]
* [ Historical Images and Texts of Augusta, Kentucky]
* [ Historical Augusta]
* [ Photographs of Augusta, Kentucky]

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