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Welcome to Benham ...

The city of Benham is located in Harlan County<1>.


The location of Benham has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>


Benham was established in 1961.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Benham has a population of 426 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Benham is 1,590 feet [485 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Benham lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Benham: (606)

The ZIP code for Benham: 40807<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Benham had an population of 426 people. This is a decrease of 14.8% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 28.88% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Benham had a population of 500 people. This makes Benham the county's 6th most populous community.

The population of Benham represents 0.01% of the total population of Kentucky (which has 4,339,367 people), making it the state's 297th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 500 people, the population of Benham decreased 16.53% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 599 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Benham.

Communities Also Named Benham ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 4 communities that are also named Benham - they are located in Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan and North Carolina.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Benham.

Communities near Benham ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Benham.

  • Big Stone Gap
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Norton
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Norton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norton
    • Norton is located in Norton City (VA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,985 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norton <6>
  • Whitesburg
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitesburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitesburg
    • Whitesburg is located in Letcher County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,813 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whitesburg <6>
  • Pennington Gap
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pennington Gap
    • Pennington Gap is located in Lee County (VA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,708 people
  • Appalachia
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
  • Evarts
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evarts have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evarts
    • Evarts is located in Harlan County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 792 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Evarts <6>
  • Vicco
    (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vicco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vicco
    • Vicco is located in Perry County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 295 people
  • Blackey
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blackey
    • Blackey is located in Letcher County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 141 people
  • Saint Charles
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Charles have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Charles
    • Saint Charles is located in Lee County (VA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 109 people
  • Duffield
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Benham. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Benham.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Benham. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Benham.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Benham. See our Newspapers Page for Benham.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Benham ...

Looking for more information about Benham? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Benham, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Benham.

Adding Benham to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Benham in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Benham was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Benham post office opened in 1911.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Benham.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Benham. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Kentucky: https://kentucky.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Kentucky's counties, including Harlan, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Benham.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Benham - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Benham). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Benham or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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