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Clay City, Kentucky - Basic Facts

The City of Clay City had a population of 1,165 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Clay City is located at latitude 37.8592 and longitude -83.9185 in Powell County. The formal boundaries for the City of Clay City encompass a land area of 0.89 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Powell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 620 feet.

The City of Clay City (GNIS ID: 2404065) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Kentucky is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Clay City is located within Clay City Division of Powell County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Clay City: Mechanicsville, Smith and Clarks Forge, Smith and Clay Forge.


Clay City, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,165 (100%)
Population in Households 1,165 (100.0%)
Population in Families 915 (78.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,100
Diversity Index2 15


Median Household Income $28,632
Average Household Income $40,000
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $16,249
Wealth Index5 29


Total HU (Housing Units) 561 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 342 (61.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 158 (28.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 61 (10.9%)
Median Home Value $102,247
Average Home Value $112,792
Housing Affordability Index3 179


Total Households 500
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 325
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.39% -0.02%
Households 0.46% 0.04%
Families 1.05% -0.12%
Median Household Income   1.59%
Per Capita Income   2.05%
Owner Occupied HU   0.0%


Clay City, KY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clay City to the other 541 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kentucky by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 219 60th
Population Density # 215 60th
Median Household Income # 488 10th
Housing Affordability Index # 114 21st
Per Capita Income # 500 8th
Diversity Index # 291 46th

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