Profile for Owensboro, Kentucky, KY
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"Barbecue Capital of the World"
Owensboro is a city in Daviess County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Col. Abraham Owen, killed in the Battle of Tippecanoe.
The latitude of Owensboro is 37.774N. The longitude is -87.113W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 394 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 54,312.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Owensboro demographic reports
Owensboro is on the Ohio River.
Former and merged names include:
· Yellow Banks
The last legal public hanging in the U.S. took place here in 1936. Rainey Bethea, a 23-year-old black man, was executed for the rape and murder of an elderly white woman.
After the Civil War, Owensboro grew as a processing and shipping center for tobacco and whiskey.
Public transportation: Owensboro Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 172. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3.2 per 1,000 people.
Local foods: mutton barbecue
Well-known residents have included:
· Johnny Depp, actor
Local festivals include:
- International Mystery Writers Festival - June 12-17, 2007
- Pumpkinfest - Sept. 28, 2007
- Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival - June 1-2, 2007
- Multi-Cultural Festival - Aug. 18, 2007
- International Bar-B-Q Festival - May 11-12, 2007
Dates often change. Check Owensboro web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Owensboro Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Ben Hawes State Park
Historic sites and museums: Owensboro Area Museum of Science and History, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, International Bluegrass Music Museum
Colleges and universities:
Brescia University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro Community & Technical College, Daymar College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 60
Pronunciations: The main street, Frederica, is pronounced FRED-rick-uh.
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Ancestry & family history
17% of Owensboro residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Owensboro ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Owensboro was $17,968, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of Owensboro residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Owensboro festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- International Bar-B-Q Festival - M
- Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival - J
- International Mystery Writers Festival - J
- Multi-Cultural Festival - A
- Pumpkinfest - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Owensboro festival web sites:
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Median rent in Owensboro, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $329. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $695.
Libraries in Owensboro include Owensboro-Daviess County Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Owensboro include Messenger-Inquirer
TV stations in Owensboro include WKOH.
Daviess County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Owensboro political report.
The average commute time for Owensboro workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Owensboro between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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