Greenville, Kentucky

city in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, United States

Greenville is a city of Kentucky in the United States. It is the seat of its county.[2] The population was 4,312 at the 2010 census.

The courthouse in Greenville.
The courthouse in Greenville.
Location of Greenville in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
Location of Greenville in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°12′26″N 87°10′35″W / 37.20722°N 87.17639°W / 37.20722; -87.17639Coordinates: 37°12′26″N 87°10′35″W / 37.20722°N 87.17639°W / 37.20722; -87.17639
CountryUnited States
Named forMaj. Gen. Nathanael Greene
or nearby forests
 • MayorJan Yonts
 • Total4.8 sq mi (12.4 km2)
 • Land4.8 sq mi (12.4 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
525 ft (160 m)
 • Total4,312
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)270 & 364
FIPS code21-33022
GNIS feature ID0493344


The town was settled in 1799 on an estate donated by local landowner William Campbell in order to establish a seat of government for a new county. Greenville was not established by the state assembly until 1812, however.[3] It was incorporated as a city in 1848.[4]

The city was probably named for the Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene.[5] Local lore holds it was named by Campbell's wife after the abundant forests seen from the town's hilltop location.[3]


Greenville is located at 37°12′26″N 87°10′35″W / 37.20722°N 87.17639°W / 37.20722; -87.17639 (37.207158, -87.176499).[6]


The 1987 Encyclopedia of Kentucky refers to Greenville as "the unofficial capital of the Black Belt", a reference to the area's production of coal and dark tobacco.[7]

Related pagesEdit


  1. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 126. ISBN 0-8131-2631-2. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  4. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Greenville, Kentucky". Accessed 28 July 2013.
  5. "History of Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Archived 2006-08-29 at the Wayback Machine".
  6. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. Channing, Steven A. (1987). "Dictionary of Places: Greenville". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. ISBN 978-0-403-09981-8.

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