What to know about Winchester
Winchester is a city located in Clark County, Kentucky named after Winchester, Virginia. The population of the city according to the 2010 census is 18,368. The city has a total area of 7.9 sq mi with land covering 7.8 sq mi of the total area and water covering 0.04 sq mi. The elevation of Winchester City is 994ft. The city is at the center of Clark County. This center is at 29 km east of Lexington and 24 km west of Mt. Sterling.
According to the census done in 2000, it indicated that there were nearly 16,724 people who were living in of 6,907 households and with a total of 4,620 families. It has a population density of 2, 187.6 per square mile. Also the racial makeup comprises of white people who are 88.94% of total population. African Americans are 8.83% of total population. Native Americans are 0.22% of total population. Asians are 0.25% of total population, Pacific Islanders at 0.01% of total population and finally other races at 0.81% of total population.
The age distribution of Winchester is as follows;
- From 25 to 44 is 30.0% of total population.
- Less than 18 years is 24.9% of total population.
- From 45 to 64 is 21.1% of total population.
- Over 65 years is 14.0% of total population.
- From 18 to 24 is 9.9% of total population.
Winchester City also has a number of historic sites and annual cultural events and fairs. The city is also famous for the home of Beer Cheese festival. People celebrate this annual event in June. This festival actually first began in Clark County near Winchester. There are also several historical sites in Winchester City. The famous one is Bluegrass Heritage Museum.
Its economy is well developed and this is as a result of big companies established in the City which offer high number of employees hired. One of the companies is Amazon which was established in this City in 2012 and has 400 employees employed from City. The economy also supports locally owned small businesses. Despite the development of economy, 15.5% of citizens in the city are below the poverty line. This includes 21.1% of citizens less than 18 years and 14.4% of citizens more than 65 years.
The Winchester city has a humid subtropical climate which is abbreviated as “Cfa”. This type of climate is seen to experience cool winters and hot humid summers.
There are two sections of education at Winchester – the higher education and high school education. The city has only one high school that is George Rogers Clark High School. Kentucky Wesleyan College established the first high education. Later on after the college left, the local churches organized another college for high education purposes. This was Southeastern Christian College. The college did not stay for long too and later on the campus turned into a public park. Currently the Winchester Campus is home to Bluegrass Community and Technical College.