With over 3% growth between July 2011 and July 2012, Hopkinsville became the Commonwealth’s fastest-growing city of those larger than 1,100 people according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp remarked, “I am extremely pleased to see our city’s continued growth with latest reports placing our population at just under 33,000.”
This year’s gain of 975 individuals is the city’s largest since 2010. Hopkinsville has enjoyed 4.40% overall growth since the census of that year – thus outpacing all but two of Kentucky’s twenty largest cities in retaining and attracting residents. Mayor Kemp attributes much of the progress to the continued collaborative efforts of local government and the integral work of groups like the Christian County Chamber of Commerce and South West Kentucky Economic Development Council.
Chamber president Carter Hendricks said, “We are excited to see our community's growth leading the Commonwealth and helping to drive our economic recovery and expansion. For those of us lucky enough to have been here for a while, we are thankful that new residents are finding our community and region a great place to live. With outstanding infrastructure, affordable living, great schools, safe streets, and a caring community, we are poised for continued growth and economic prosperity."
EDC executive director and industry partner Mitch Robinson added, “The new 2012 Census Estimates showing the solid performance of Hopkinsville outpacing all of the state's major cities reflects on the positive growth that is occurring within the city and our region. The population growth is due to a wide variety of factors including the strength of the military as well as the solid economic growth occurring in Hopkinsville's manufacturing and agricultural sectors. The community's investment in itself will continue to drive the local economy forward as we move into the latter half of 2013 and 2014.”
For additional information, please contact the Mayor’s office at (270) 890-0200.
* Source: United States Census Bureau, population estimates for Kentucky incorporated places as of July 1, 2012; http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2012/SUB-EST2012.html.