Covington, Kentucky

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As of the census
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of 2000, there were 43,370 people, 18,257 households, and 10,132 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 3,301.3 people per square mile (1,274.4/km²). There were 20,448 housing units at an average density of 1,556.5 per square mile (600.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.05% White
White American
White Americans are people of the United States who are considered or consider themselves White. The United States Census Bureau defines White people as those "having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa...

, 10.14% African American
African American
African Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have at least partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa and are the direct descendants of enslaved Africans within the boundaries of the present United States...

, 0.24% Native American
Native Americans in the United States
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, 0.34% Asian
Asian American
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, 0.03% Pacific Islander
Pacific Islander American
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, 0.63% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos
Hispanic and Latino Americans
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 of any race were 1.38% of the population.

There were 18,257 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.3% were married couples
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 living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.5% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.08.

The age distribution was 25.9% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,735, and the median income for a family was $38,307. Males had a median income of $31,238 versus $24,487 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $16,841. About 15.5% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Top employers

According to Covington's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
# Employer # of Employees
1 St. Elizabeth Healthcare 6,300
2 Fidelity Investments
Fidelity Investments
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3 Covington Independent Schools 925
4 Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington
Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington is a Roman Catholic diocese in Northern Kentucky, covering that includes the city of Covington and the following Kentucky counties: Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Gallatin, Carroll, Grant, Owen, Pendleton, Harrison, Bracken, Robertson, Mason, Fleming, and Lewis. ...

5 ACNielsen
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6 State of Kentucky
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a state located in the East Central United States of America. As classified by the United States Census Bureau, Kentucky is a Southern state, more specifically in the East South Central region. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth...

7 Omnicare
Omnicare is a Fortune 500 company based in Covington, Kentucky. Omnicare functions primarily as a provider of pharmaceuticals, related consulting and data management services. As of December 31, 2009 the company provided its pharmacy services to skilled nursing, assisted living, and other...

8 Club Chef 300
9 NorthKey 280
10 Atkins & Pearce 225

Historic Churches

  • Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington
  • Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church
  • Latonia Christian Church
  • Mother of God Parish (Covington, KY)
    Mother of God Parish (Covington, KY)
    Mother of God Parish is a parish church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, United States, located at 119 West 6th Street in Covington. The official title of the parish is The Assumption of Mary, Mother of God, Parish...

  • Trinity Episcopal Church (Covington, Kentucky)
    Trinity Episcopal Church (Covington, Kentucky)
    Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 16 East Fourth Street, at the northern end of the main commercial street in Covington, Kentucky, Madison Avenue. This historic church was founded November 24, 1842, in a third floor of a brick building near the Covington market. The cornerstone of the first...

  • Eastside Church of the Nazerine

Notable residents

  • Gary Bauer
    Gary Bauer
    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician notable for his ties to several evangelical Christian groups and campaigns.-Biography:...

    , former Republican
    Republican Party (United States)
    The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

     presidential hopeful born in Covington in 1946.
  • Daniel Carter Beard
    Daniel Carter Beard
    Daniel Carter "Uncle Dan" Beard was an American illustrator, author, youth leader, and social reformer who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, which Beard later merged with the Boy Scouts of America .-Early life:...

    , his life-size bronze statue, created by sculptor Kenneth Bradford, stands in town.
  • Adrian Belew
    Adrian Belew
    Adrian Belew is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer...

    , a musician best known for his role as vocalist and guitarist of King Crimson
    King Crimson
    King Crimson are a rock band founded in London, England in 1969. Often categorised as a foundational progressive rock group, the band have incorporated diverse influences and instrumentation during their history...

     since the early 1980s, he was born in Covington, December 23, 1949.
  • Gail Borden
    Gail Borden
    Gail Borden, Jr. was a 19th century U.S. inventor, surveyor, and publisher, and was the inventor of condensed milk in 1853.- Early years :...

    , inventor of condensed milk
    Condensed milk
    Condensed milk, also known as sweetened condensed milk, is cow's milk from which water has been removed and to which sugar has been added, yielding a very thick, sweet product which when canned can last for years without refrigeration if unopened. The two terms, condensed milk and sweetened...

     lived in Covington during his childhood.
  • Steve Cauthen
    Steve Cauthen
    Steve Cauthen is a retired American jockey.Cauthen, the son of a trainer and a farrier, grew up in Walton, Kentucky around horses, which made race-riding a logical career choice. He rode his first race on May 12, 1976 at Churchill Downs; he finished last, riding King of Swat...

    , U.S. Racing Hall of Fame
    National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
    The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was founded in 1950 in Saratoga Springs, New York, to honor the achievements of American thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers...

    A jockey is an athlete who rides horses in horse racing or steeplechase racing, primarily as a profession. The word also applies to camel riders in camel racing.-Etymology:...

     born in Covington in 1960 to parents who lived in the community of Walton
    Walton, Kentucky
    Walton is a city in Boone and Kenton Counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. The population was 3,635 in the 2010 Census.-Tourism:Nearby Florence offers thoroughbred racing at Turfway Park....

  • Bob Charles
    Bob Charles (Australian politician)
    Robert Edwin "Bob" Charles , Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1990 to October 2004, representing the Division of La Trobe, Victoria....

    , Australian politician, member of the Australian House of Representatives
    Australian House of Representatives
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  • Byrd Spilman Dewey, writer and Florida pioneer, was born in Covington February 16, 1856.
  • Asa Drury
    Asa Drury
    Asa Drury was an American Baptist minister and educator primarily teaching at Granville Literary and Theological Institution in Granville, Ohio and the Western Baptist Theological Institute in Covington, Kentucky, and establishing the public schools in Covington...

     (1802–1870), educator, Baptist minister and first superintendent of Covington public schools.
  • Frank Duveneck
    Frank Duveneck
    Frank Duveneck was an American figure and portrait painter.-Youth:Duveneck was born in Covington, Kentucky, the son of German immigrant Bernard Decker. Decker died when Frank was only a year old and his widow remarried Joseph Duveneck...

    , realist painter born in Covington on October 9, 1848.
  • Mitch English, national television personality best known as one of the hosts on the show The Daily Buzz
    The Daily Buzz
    The Daily Buzz is a nationally syndicated breakfast television news and infotainment program. The show is produced by Fisher Communications and is owned and distributed by ACME Communications; it is broadcast every weekday morning from studios at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida...

     also featured in theatrical releases and other television programs was born St. Elizabeth Hospital on October 2, 1969
  • Henry Forrest
    Henry Forrest
    Henry Forrest was an American Hall of Fame trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses who twice won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes....

     (1907–1975), U.S. Racing Hall of Fame
    National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
    The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was founded in 1950 in Saratoga Springs, New York, to honor the achievements of American thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers...

    The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed...

    Horse racing
    Horse racing is an equestrian sport that has a long history. Archaeological records indicate that horse racing occurred in ancient Babylon, Syria, and Egypt. Both chariot and mounted horse racing were events in the ancient Greek Olympics by 648 BC...

    Horse trainer
    In horse racing, a trainer prepares a horse for races, with responsibility for exercising it, getting it race-ready and determining which races it should enter...

     born in Covington.
  • Frederick William Franz
    Frederick William Franz
    Frederick William Franz served as President of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, the legal entity used to direct the work of Jehovah's Witnesses. He had previously served as Vice President of the same corporation from 1945 until 1977 and as a member of the Governing Body of...

    , religious leader and theologian 4th president of the Jehovah's Witnesses
    Jehovah's Witnesses
    Jehovah's Witnesses is a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination with nontrinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity. The religion reports worldwide membership of over 7 million adherents involved in evangelism, convention attendance of over 12 million, and annual...

     born in Covington on September 12, 1893.
  • Haven Gillespie
    Haven Gillespie
    James Lamont "Haven" Gillespie was an American Tin Pan Alley composer and lyricist. He was the writer of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" as well as "You Go to My Head", "Honey", "By the Sycamore Tree", "That Lucky Old Sun", "Breezin' Along With The Breeze", "Right or Wrong," "Beautiful Love",...

    , songwriter born in Covington, February 6, 1888 and died there on March 14, 1975. He is remembered primarily for "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is a Christmas song. It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934....

  • Nannie Emory Holding
    Holding Institute
    Holding Institute is a United Methodist-affiliated community center in Laredo, Texas, originally founded in 1882 as a kindergarten and primary school. For nearly a century thereafter, Holding was a state-accredited boys’ and girls’ boarding school...

    , a Covington native, was a 30-year superintendent and the namesake of the former Holding Institute
    Holding Institute
    Holding Institute is a United Methodist-affiliated community center in Laredo, Texas, originally founded in 1882 as a kindergarten and primary school. For nearly a century thereafter, Holding was a state-accredited boys’ and girls’ boarding school...

     boarding school
    Boarding school
    A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live during the school year with their fellow students and possibly teachers and/or administrators. The word 'boarding' is used in the sense of "bed and board," i.e., lodging and meals...

     in Laredo
    Laredo, Texas
    Laredo is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 236,091 making it the 3rd largest on the United States-Mexican border,...

    , Texas
    Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

  • David Justice
    David Justice
    David Christopher Justice is a former outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves , Cleveland Indians , New York Yankees , and Oakland Athletics .-Early life:David was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Robert and Nettie Justice...

    , former Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
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     player graduated from Covington Latin School
    Covington Latin School
    Covington Latin School is a co-educational, Catholic, accelerated, college preparatory high school offering a classical education. Since its inception in 1923, Latin School has operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky...

  • Durward Kirby
    Durward Kirby
    Homer Durward Kirby , known professionally as Durward Kirby , was an American television host and announcer...

    , actor best known as the co-host of Candid Camera
    Candid Camera
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    was born in Covington, August 24, 1912.
  • Una Merkel
    Una Merkel
    Una Merkel was an American Tony Award-winning stage and film actress.-Life and career:Una Merkel was born in Covington, Kentucky, and grew up in Philadelphia and New York City. She bore a resemblance to actress Lillian Gish and began her career as a stand-in for Gish, most notably in the 1928...

    , actress born in Covington December 10, 1903.
  • Gertrude Orr, screenwriter born in Covington, January 17, 1891.
  • Eddie Peabody
    Eddie Peabody
    Captain Edwin Ellsworth Peabody was an American musical entertainer. His career spanned five decades and he was perhaps the most famous plectrum banjo player ever...

    , Banjo
    In the 1830s Sweeney became the first white man to play the banjo on stage. His version of the instrument replaced the gourd with a drum-like sound box and included four full-length strings alongside a short fifth-string. There is no proof, however, that Sweeney invented either innovation. This new...

     player died of a stroke at St. Elizabeth Hospital on November 7, 1970; he had collapsed on stage on November 6, 1970 at the Lookout House in Fort Wright, Kentucky
    Fort Wright, Kentucky
    Fort Wright is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,723 at the 2010 census.-Geography:Fort Wright is located at ....

  • Lee Roy Reams
    Lee Roy Reams
    Lee Roy Reams is an American musical theatre actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director.Born in Covington, Kentucky, Reams earned a Master of Arts degree and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati...

    , Broadway actor born in Covington, August 23, 1942.
  • Jack Roush
    Jack Roush
    Jack Roush is the founder, CEO, and co-owner along with John Henry of Roush Fenway Racing, a NASCAR team headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, and is Chairman of the Board of Roush Enterprises....

    , Champion NASCAR
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     owner of the Roush Fenway Racing team, born in Covington, April 19, 1942.
  • William Wright Southgate
    William Wright Southgate
    William Wright Southgate was born November 27, 1800, in Newport, Kentucky. He was the son of Richard Southgate and Ann Winston Hinde. William married Adaliza Keene of Lexington, Ky...

    , Northern Kentucky Congressman
  • John W. Stevenson
    John W. Stevenson
    John White Stevenson was a U.S. Representative, the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, the 25th Governor of Kentucky and U.S. Senator. His father, Andrew Stevenson, had served as Speaker of the House and minister to Great Britain...

     Governor and Senator
  • Ron Ziegler
    Ron Ziegler
    Ronald Louis "Ron" Ziegler was White House Press Secretary and Assistant to the President during United States President Richard Nixon's administration.-Early life:...

    , White House Press Secretary
    White House Press Secretary
    The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the government administration....

     during U.S. President Richard Nixon
    Richard Nixon
    Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a US representative and senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961 under...

    's administration, was born in Covington on May 12, 1939.

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