Facts About Clinton and Hickman County, Kentucky
(circa 1965)

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LOCATION:   Clinton, the County Seat of Hickman County, is in the southwest corner of KY. It is 50 miles southwest of Paducah, KY, 30 miles south of Cairo, IL, and 10 miles east of the Mississippi River.

CITY GOVERNMENT:   Clinton is a fifth class city, has a mayor and a city council of six members.

HISTORY:   Hickman County became the 71st county of the state in 1821. It was formed in 1818 from part of the land purchased under the Jackson Purchase Treaty of 1818. Clinton was established in 1826 and Incorporated in 1831.

POPULATION:   The present population of Clinton is 1647 (1960 census). With the advent of a new factory under construction, the population is expected to increase to over 2000 in the near future. County population is 6747.

GENERAL ECONOMY:   The economy is based primarily on agriculture. Farm income will exceed 5 1/2 million dollars for 1965. Farm products are swine, cattle, sheep, soy beans, corn, cotton, strawberries and dairy products. The County is among the largest in the state raising livestock. Presently it is estimated that 500 people are employed in other industries which represent an additional one million dollar annual income. Products manufactured: men's shirts and livestock foods; other industries: truck lines, cotton ginning and lumber. Total retail sales for 1965 will approximate five million dollars. The Brown Shoe Co. factory will open for operation in the early spring of 1966 providing additional employment for 450.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES:   Supervised playground with a lighted baseball and softball field, two swimming pools, 9-hole golf course and clubhouse. Clinton is 10 miles from the Mississippi River, 35 miles from Reelfoot Lake, 45 miles from KY Dam Village State Park and Lake on the Tennessee River with ajoining Barclay Lake on the Cumberland River, all of which are a sportsman paradise. Available are cabins, lodges, camping facilities, hunting, fishing, boating and water skiing. Nearby (9 miles) is the Columbus-Belmont State Park on cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River. This Park was the Gibraltor of the South during the Civil War.

EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES:   Total schools in the County system include one new consolidated high school and two elmentary schools in the city of Clinton with three elemetary schools throughout the county. Murray State University, Paducah Jr. College, Draughns Business School and an extention branch of the University of Tennessee are nearby providing excellent facilities for those desiring higher education. Other facilities include a public library and a weekly newspaper. Television is received over stations in Paducah, KY, Cape Gariadeau, MO, and Harrisburg, IL.

MEDICAL FACILITIES:   Clinton has a modern fully equipped 50 bed hospital and adjoining health clinic. There are five doctors, three physicians and two dentists. Hospitals in Union City, TN, Fulton and Paducah KY are easily accessable.

FINANCIAL FACILITIES:   There are two banks, The Clinton Bank and The First National Bank. Both are strong and sound. A branch office of The Jackson Purchase Production Credit Association is located here.

Electricity: Kentucky Utilities and TVA
Natural Gas: Commonwealth Service Company
LP Gas: Tri-State Gas Company
Gasoline and fuel oils major oil Cos.
Coal: Hickman County Feed Mill
Water: Kentucky Water Service

TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES:   Clinton and Hickman County are served by the IC and GM&O Railroads, Greyhound and Trailways Bus Lines, Mississippi River Terminal at Hickman, KY and Ohio and Mississippi River Terminals at Cario, IL. Airports for light aircraft at Fulton, KY and Union City, TN. Major airlines are located in Paducah, KY and a truck terminal in Clinton are served by motor expresslines.

COMMUNICATIONS:   Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co., radio stations in nearby Fulton, Mayfield and Paducah, KY and Union City, TN. Clinton gets good TV reception on all 3 major networks.

WATER AND SEWERAGE SYSTEM:   Adequate good clean water is supplied by KY Water Service Co. The City has a sanitary sewerage and disposal system. The newly organized Hickman County Water District will provide a water distribution system throughout the county within the near future.

CLIMATE:   The climate is temperate with a long growing season. The climate elements of sunlight, heat, moisture and winds are all in moderation without prolonged extremes. Rainfalls is abundant and fairly regular throughout the year. Warm to cool weather prevails with only short periods of extreme heat or cold.

INDUSTRIAL SITES:   The City owns or has under option a total of four sites in plots of 5 acres, 6-acres, 9-acres and 87-acres all of which have access roads and border on a railroad. Other sites are available. With the exception of the 87-acre site, all utilities are immediately available. The 87-acre site is presently served only by electricity. Detailed information will be provided by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce or the City Government if desired.

DEMOGRAPHICS:   As of the census of 2000, there were 1,415 people, 579 households, and 354 families residing in the city. The population density was 858.5 people per square mile. There were 668 housing units at an average density of 405.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 70.46% White, 27.14% African American, 0.49% Native American, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 579 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 72.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,875, and the median income for a family was $27,847. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $16,786 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,236. About 26.8% of families and 31.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 51.3% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.