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As of the census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 10,349 people, 4,358 households, and 2,667 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 1,549.8 people per square mile (598.2/km²). There were 4,907 housing units at an average density of 734.8 per square mile (283.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.57% 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...

, 13.31% 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...

, 0.21% Native American
Native Americans in the United States
Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples in North America within the boundaries of the present-day continental United States, parts of Alaska, and the island state of Hawaii. They are composed of numerous, distinct tribes, states, and ethnic groups, many of which survive as...

, 0.37% Asian
Asian American
Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent. The U.S. Census Bureau definition of Asians as "Asian” refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan,...

, 3.48% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos
Hispanic and Latino Americans
Hispanic or Latino Americans are Americans with origins in the Hispanic countries of Latin America or in Spain, and in general all persons in the United States who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino.1990 Census of Population and Housing: A self-designated classification for people whose origins...

 of any race were 25.86% of the population. Recent years have seen a large influx of Amish
The Amish , sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches...

 residents nearby.

There were 4,358 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.89.

The age distribution was 23.3% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,400, and the median income for a family was $27,463. Males had a median income of $29,324 versus $18,575 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $15,327. About 23.4% of families and 27.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.4% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

Despite being in a dry county
Dry county
A dry county is a county in the United States whose government forbids the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some prohibit off-premises sale, some prohibit on-premises sale, and some prohibit both. Hundreds of dry counties exist across the United States, almost all of them in the South...

Graves County, Kentucky
Graves County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky. It was formed in 1824. As of 2000, the population was 37,028. Its county seat is Mayfield. The county is named for Major Benjamin Franklin Graves, soldier in the War of 1812...

), sales by the drink in restaurants of the city limits of Mayfield seating at least 100 diners and at the Mayfield Golf & Country Club are allowed. There are no Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages permitted, except at Mayfield Golf and Country Club.


Local media in Mayfield includes the Mayfield Messenger, a five-day (Monday through Friday) daily newspaper. Radio stations WLLE-FM, WNGO-AM, and WYMC-AM are licensed to Mayfield.

Sports teams

Mayfield was home to the Class D "Kitty League" Mayfield Pantsmakers, Mayfield Clothiers
Mayfield Clothiers
The Mayfield Clothiers were a minor league baseball team that operated from 1936–1955, with a break from 1942-1945 when the league was shut down during World War II. The team was based in Mayfield, Kentucky and played in the Class D Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League .-External links:* *...

, and Browns from the 1920s to the 1950s.http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee_League

In 2009, Mayfield will be the home of the new KIT League
KIT League
The Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League is a summer collegiate wooden bat league. The league's name is formed from the initials of the states that originally hosted the first iteration of the KIT League...

 team, West Kentucky Mavericks. Despite being based in Mayfield, the team will not play any home games and will play all of its games as "away" games.

Mayfield High School has won nine Kentucky High School Athletic Association
Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has been the governing body of Kentucky high school athletics since 1917. Located in Lexington, the organization sanctions competition in the following sports:*Boys and girls**Basketball**Bowling*...

 championships in classes A and AA in a total of 17 appearances, with historical winning competition against larger schools, including arch rival Paducah Tilghman, Franklin-Simpson, Murray and Hopkinsville. Both consolidation and population loss have altered Kentucky high school competition classes, but many traditional rivalries continue.

The Graves County High School Co-Ed Cheerleading Team won the titles of National Champions in 2006 and 2007, and State Champions in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Public high schools

Mayfield Independent City School District was established on July 1, 1908 with the selection and meeting of its first Board Members, organized by Mr. W.J. Webb.

Mayfield High School has statistically been the best in Western Kentucky in terms of test scores for the past three years.

Mayfield High School- mascot "Cardinals"

Graves County High School- mascot "Eagles"

Mid-Continent University, formerly Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College, is also located just north of Mayfield off U.S. Route 45
U.S. Route 45
U.S. Route 45 is a north–south United States highway. US 45 is a border-to-border route, from Lake Superior to the Gulf of Mexico. A sign at the highway's northern terminus notes the total distance as ....


Board of Zoning controversy

August 24, 2010 the Board of Zoning reversed the decision to allow a group of refugees to establish a place of worship in a local building. Dick Conner, who owns a flower shop adjacent to the proposed mosque, complained to the media that, "If the neighbor was a Baptist church it might be different". The five member board of zoning adjustment, chaired by Austin Copeland, voted 4-0 with one board member absent. The board cited violations State Zoning Statute 100 in denying the permit.

Later on the same day, one of the Somali refugees was accused and charged with attempting to kidnap a teenage girl. The events surrounding the alleged incident have met with sharp criticism, with local news agencies ignoring it as an attempt to belittle the character of the Muslims, and thus reinforce the ruling of the zoning board.

Despite this there is a Somali Community Center and a Muslim Prayer Center in the location previously afformentioned.

Notable residents

  • Lucien Anderson
    Lucien Anderson
    Lucien Anderson was a United States Representative from Kentucky. He was born near Mayfield, Kentucky. He attended the public schools and studied law...

     - Former United States Representative
  • Andrew Boone
    Andrew Boone
    Andrew Rechmond Boone was a United States Representative from Kentucky. He was born in Davidson County, Tennessee and moved with his parents to Mayfield, Kentucky in 1833. He attended the public schools...

     - Former United States representative
  • LaVerne Butler
    LaVerne Butler
    LaVerne L. Butler was a prominent Southern Baptist pastor and college president in Kentucky who was a leader in the "Conservative Resurgence" in his denomination during the 1970s and 1980s.-Background:...

    , president of Mid-Continent University from 1988–1997 and Southern Baptist clergy
    Clergy is the generic term used to describe the formal religious leadership within a given religion. A clergyman, churchman or cleric is a member of the clergy, especially one who is a priest, preacher, pastor, or other religious professional....

  • Noble Jones Gregory
    Noble Jones Gregory
    Noble Jones Gregory , a Democrat, represented Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives.Gregory was born and raised in Mayfield, Kentucky. He worked in various positions at the First National Bank of Mayfield from 1917 through 1936...

     - Former United States representative
  • William Voris Gregory
    William Voris Gregory
    William Voris Gregory , a Democrat, was a United States Representative from Kentucky.Gregory was born in Graves County and after college he taught school and served as superintendent of schools there...

     - Former United States representative
  • Ed Gardner, president of the First National Bank, who built the beautiful home Edana Locus (quasi-Latin for "Ed and Annie's place") about 1928
  • Bobbie Ann Mason
    Bobbie Ann Mason
    Bobbie Ann Mason is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and literary critic from Kentucky.With four siblings Mason grew up on her family's dairy farm outside of Mayfield, Kentucky. As a child she loved to read, so her parents, Wilburn and Christina Mason, always made sure she had...

     - Author
  • Kent Robbins
    Kent Robbins
    Kent Robbins was an American country music songwriter. He began writing for Charley Pride's Pi-Gem music in 1974. Between then and his death, he wrote songs for several other country music artists...

     - Songwriter
  • Molly Sims
    Molly Sims
    Molly Sims is an American model and actress. Sims is known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and her role as Delinda Deline in the NBC drama Las Vegas. She is also an ambassador for Operation Smile...

     - actress
  • Kevin Skinner
    Kevin Skinner
    Patrick Kevin Skinner , better known as Kevin Skinner, is an American country music singer from the Jackson Purchase region of Kentucky. He was the winner of the fourth season of America's Got Talent.- Early life :...

     - Musician & America's Got Talent
    America's Got Talent
    America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of...

     Season 4 winner
  • Chuck Taylor (pro wrestling) - Professional Wrestler
  • Ellis Wilson
    Ellis Wilson
    Ellis Wilson was an African American artist.Wilson was born in Mayfield, Kentucky. In 1916 he began attending Kentucky State College, moving in 1919 to study at the Chicago Art Institute. In 1928 he moved to Harlem, New York where he joined the Harlem Artists Guild and worked at a brokerage house...

    - Artist

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