Winchester, Kentucky

Winchester is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Clark County, Kentucky, United States.[2] The population was 18,368 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Winchester, Kentucky
Clark County Courthouse in Winchester
Rich in History & Ready for the Future
Location of Winchester in Clark County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°59′41″N 84°11′3″W
CountryUnited States
  Total7.9 sq mi (20.4 km2)
  Land7.8 sq mi (20.3 km2)
  Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
994 ft (303 m)
  Density2,344/sq mi (905.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)859
FIPS code21-83676
GNIS feature ID0506924


It was named after Winchester, Virginia.[4]


Winchester is located northwest of the center of Clark County, 18 miles (29 km) east of Lexington and 15 miles (24 km) west of Mt. Sterling. Kentucky Route 1958 (Bypass Road) is an outer loop around the town. Kentucky Route 627 (Boonesborough Road) leads towards Richmond, 21 miles (34 km) to the south and Paris to the north. U.S. Route 60 (Winchester-Lexington Road/Lexington Avenue) runs through downtown Winchester. Interstate 64 passes through the northern part of the city, with access from exits 94 and 96. The Mountain Parkway turns off I-64 just northeast of Winchester and leads 75 miles (121 km) east to Salyersville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Winchester has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.4 km2), of which 7.8 square miles (20.3 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.67%, is water.[3]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Winchester has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]


Historical population
Est. 201818,577[1]1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 16,724 people, 6,907 households, and 4,620 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,187.6 per square mile (844.6/km2). There were 7,400 housing units at an average density of 968.0 per square mile (373.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.94% White, 8.83% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

There were 6,907 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,254, and the median income for a family was $36,797. Males had a median income of $31,295 versus $21,747 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,611. About 13.1% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.


Winchester's top 10 employers in manufacturing, service, and technology (2016)[8]
EmployerNumber of employeesYear established
in Winchester
Catalent Pharma4001992
East Kentucky Power Cooperative3001941
General Dynamics Information Technology2082014
Infiltrator Water Technologies1821986
Leggett & Platt2501910
Save-A-Lot Distribution Center2101998
The Freeman Corporation2231913
Walle Corporation1401991
Winchester Farms Dairy1831982

Small business

Ale-8-One, a Kentucky-specific brand of soft drink, has been bottled in Winchester since 1926.[9]

Arts and culture

Beer Cheese Festival

Winchester is home to the Beer Cheese Festival held annually in June. Beer Cheese was developed in Clark County near Winchester in the 1940s.[10]

Historic sites


High school

Winchester students attend George Rogers Clark High School, located southwest of Winchester in Clark County.[11]

Higher education

Winchester has been home to several higher education establishments. Kentucky Wesleyan College was located in the city from 1890 to 1954. When Kentucky Wesleyan left, the local Churches of Christ organized Southeastern Christian College on the former Kentucky Wesleyan campus. After SCC folded in the 1970s, the campus was preserved as a public park. Today, Clark County is home to the Winchester Campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

Public library

Winchester has a lending library, the Clark County Public Library.[12]

Notable people

A 2018 episode of The Dead Files was filmed in Winchester.[18] Part of the 1967 film The Flim-Flam Man was filmed here.

Sister cities

Winchester has two sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:


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  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Winchester city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  4. Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 130.
  5. "Winchester, Kentucky Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
  6. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. "Business & Industry". Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. September 16, 2016.
  9. Walton, Riley Rogers (1992). "Ale-8-One". In Kleber, John E. (ed.). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. p. 11.
  10. "A Culinary History of Kentucky: Burgoo, Beer Cheese and Goetta".
  11. Google (September 10, 2018). "Winchester, Kentucky" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  12. "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  13. Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967.
  16. Smith, Gerald L., Karen Cotton McDaniel, and John A. Hardin, eds. The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky, 2015. p161
  17. The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky Friday, May 27, 1932 - Page 22
  18. "Damaged - Winchester, Kentucky". Travel Channel. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
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