Stamping Ground, Kentucky

Coordinates: 38°16′11″N 84°40′59″W / 38.26972°N 84.68306°W / 38.26972; -84.68306
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Stamping Ground, Kentucky
Stamping Ground, viewed from Buffalo Springs Park
Stamping Ground, viewed from Buffalo Springs Park
Location of Stamping Ground in Scott County, Kentucky.
Location of Stamping Ground in Scott County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 38°16′11″N 84°40′59″W / 38.26972°N 84.68306°W / 38.26972; -84.68306
CountryUnited States
 • MayorKeith Murphy
 • Total0.59 sq mi (1.54 km2)
 • Land0.59 sq mi (1.52 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation837 ft (255 m)
 • Total780
 • Density1,326.53/sq mi (512.44/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code502
FIPS code21-73038
GNIS feature ID2405517[2]

Stamping Ground is a home rule-class city in Scott County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 643 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Stamping Ground School

It was named for the activity of herds of bison in the area.[3] The town was established in 1817 and named Herndonsville for the local Herndon family. In 1834 the name was changed to Stamping Ground. A Stamping Ground post office operated for a short time in 1816. The Herndonsville post office operated from 1823 until 1834, when it was renamed Stamping Ground.1


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square mile (1.7 km2), all land.

Government and politics[edit]


On November 6, 2018, Keith Murphy was elected Mayor of Stamping Ground.[4] Murphy defeated Allan Lee Neal 134 to 53.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 566 people, 230 households, and 152 families living in the city. The population density was 889.5 inhabitants per square mile (343.4/km2). There were 245 housing units at an average density of 385.1 per square mile (148.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.59% White, 0.35% African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

There were 230 households, out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.4% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,250, and the median income for a family was $43,500. Males had a median income of $31,161 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,047. About 2.5% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 18.1% of those age 65 or over.

Stamping Ground postmark


Stamping Ground is home to a single school, Stamping Ground Elementary School.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Stamping Ground, Kentucky
  3. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 126.
  4. ^ Watson, Paul (November 7, 2018). "Murphy elected Stamping Ground mayor". Georgetown News Graphic. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.

External links[edit]

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