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Versailles, Kentucky

  •   State: 
    Woodford County
      County all: 
    Woodford | Jessamine
      County FIPS: 
    21239 | 21113
    38°02′55″N 84°43′33″W
      Area total: 
    6.35 sq mi (16.44 km²)
      Area land: 
    6.31 sq mi (16.33 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.04 sq mi (0.11 km²)
    912 ft (278 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,640.56 residents per square mile of area (633.44/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Versailles was founded on June 23, 1792, on 80 acres (32 hectares) of land owned by Hezekiah Briscoe. The city was officially incorporated on February 13, 1837. It was briefly occupied during the American Civil War by both Confederate and Union forces. Versailles is a center for horse breeding and training, and for thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses and saddlebred pleasure horses. The film Secretariat, about one of Kentucky's major race horses, was filmed at several locations near Versaille. Most of the small-town scenes in the movie Dreamer Inspired by a cemetery were filmed in Versaillies. It is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 9,316 according to 2017 census estimates. The county seat of Woodford County, it is 13 miles (21 kilometers) by road west of Lexington and is the home rule-class city of the Kentucky Home Rule State. It has a public library, a lending branch of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and a public cemetery. The town is located in the Bluegrass Region, where farmers raised thoroughbred horses and other high-quality livestock. It also has a distillery, a train station on the Bourbon Trail, and the Blue Grass Railroad and Museum. The name of the city is pronounced vr-SAYLZ, an anglicization different from the French pronunciation of the royal city of same name near Paris.


Versailles was founded on June 23, 1792, on 80 acres (32 hectares) of land owned by Hezekiah Briscoe, at the time only a child. Located in what became known as the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, where farmers also raised thoroughbred horses and other high-quality livestock, the city was officially incorporated on February 13, 1837. It was briefly occupied during the American Civil War by both Confederate and Union forces. The town was named after Versailles, France, in honor of General Lafayette, a family friend and hero of the American Revolution. The city is now home to the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Museum of Art, which was founded in 1837 and is located on the site of the former Versaille Palace, a 17th-century French palace. It is also the home of the Kentucky National Guard, which fought in the Civil War and the Battle of the Bulge, and the U.S. Army Air Corps, which is based in the town's downtown area. It has a population of more than 2,000 people, and is home to one of the largest military bases in the United States, along with Fort Knox and Fort Leavenworth.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²), all land. The city is located on the Mississippi River, which runs through the center of the city. It is the only city in the state to be named after a former president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, who died in office in 1961. The town's population was 2,816 at the time of the 2010 census, down from 2,917 in the 1950s and 2,716 in the 1960s. The U.N. World Heritage Center is located in the city, which was named after the 19th-century town of Wounded Knee, which is also the site of the first World War I battle. The United States Census Bureau estimates the city's population at 2,632. The area has a land mass of 2,800 square miles, or 7,300 square kilometers (2,822 square miles) according to the Census Bureau. It has a population of 1,827.7. The state's population is 1,732.7, or 1,631.7 per cent, up from 1,656.7 in the 1940s and 1,541.8 per cent in the 1970s and 1970s. It had a population increase of 1.7% in the 1990s, and a population decline of 1% in 2000.


As of the census of 2000, there were 7,511 people, 3,160 households, and 2,110 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,668.7 per square mile (1,030.4/km²). There were 3,330 housing units at an average density of 1,183.2 per squaremile (456.8/ km²) The racial makeup of the city was 96.18% White, 0.67% African American, 0,15% Native American,0.35% Asian, 0.,01% Pacific Islander, 1.34% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.29% of the population. The median income for a household in theCity was US $35,052, and the median income. for a family was $41,567. About 11.1% of families and 14.0% of residents were below the poverty line, including 16.0 per cent of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over. The city is located on the U.S.-Mexico border. It is located near the border of the state of New Mexico and New Mexico, and is about 40 miles from the state capital of Albuquerque. It was the site of the World War II-era Battle of the Bulge, which was fought between the United States and the Soviet Union.


Located in Versailles is Woodford Reserve Distillery, a station on the Bourbon Trail, and the Bluegrass Railroad and Museum. The cemetery scene in the film Secretariat (2010), about one of Kentucky's major race and stud horses, was filmed at Pisgah Pike Church. Most of the small-town scenes in the movie Elizabethtown (2005) were filmed at Paynes Depot. It was also the setting of the movie Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005). The Flim-Flam Man (1967) was filmed on Clifton Road. The opening sequence of the film was filmed in the town of Paynes, Kentucky. The Bluegrass Railway and Museum is located on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. It is the only railroad in the state that runs through the state, and is open to the public. It also has a museum, which is open only to members of the public who have paid a fee to use the museum. The museum is also open to non-members of the general public, who can pay by cash, checks, or a combination of these methods. It has a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of art, including works by Picasso, Mathewson, Remington, and Van Dusen, as well as other works of art from the 19th century and early 20th century. In the Inner Bluegrass Region, the area is a center for horse breeding and training and for thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses and saddlebred pleasure horses.


Versailles has a lending library, a branch of the Woodford County Public Library. The library is open to the public on weekdays and weekends. The town is home to the Versailles High School, a junior high and high school. The school is located in the town's downtown area. The high school has a freshman and sophomore wing. The senior high wing has a sophomore wing and a freshman wing. It is located on the city's main street, which is called the "Main Street" part of the town. The junior high has a senior high school, which was founded in 1876. It was named for its founder, William "Bill" Curnow, who was born in Versaille. The freshman high school is named for his father, William Curnower, a former mayor of the city. The sophomore high school also has an elementary school, where students learn about the history of the community. It also has a middle school and junior high, which are called "The Middle School" and "The High School" It has a high school and a junior college, both of which are named for former mayors. The city's senior high School is named after a former president of the county, William J. Curnows, who died in 1881. It has an adult literacy program, which began in the 1960s. It's located on a main street and has a library branch, which opened in the 1970s. The community also has its own lending library. The lending library is part of a county library.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky = 87. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 98. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Versailles = 4.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 10,347 individuals with a median age of 39.1 age the population grows by 5.01% in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,640.56 residents per square mile of area (633.44/km²). There are average 2.3 people per household in the 3,422 households with an average household income of $41,724 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.90% of the available work force and has dropped -3.31% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.48%. The number of physicians in Versailles per 100,000 population = 181.2.


The annual rainfall in Versailles = 45.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 14.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 105. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 188. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 24.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 40, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky which are owned by the occupant = 51.47%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 34 years with median home cost = $122,460 and home appreciation of -1.07%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $6.80 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,018 per student. There are 16.7 students for each teacher in the school, 514 students for each Librarian and 488 students for each Counselor. 4.16% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 11.27% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.51% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Versailles's population in Woodford County, Kentucky of 2,337 residents in 1900 has increased 4,43-fold to 10,347 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.58% female residents and 48.42% male residents live in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky.

    As of 2020 in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky are married and the remaining 46.50% are single population.

  • 21.2 minutes is the average time that residents in Versailles require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.76% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.87% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool and 2.37% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, 51.47% are owner-occupied homes, another 41.26% are rented apartments, and the remaining 7.27% are vacant.

  • The 57.23% of the population in Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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