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Welcome to Whitesburg ...

The city of Whitesburg is located in Letcher County<1> and is the County Seat for Letcher County.

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Whitesburg has a population of 1,843 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Whitesburg.

Whitesburg is 1,180 feet [360 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The area code for Whitesburg: (606)

The ZIP code for Whitesburg: 41858<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Whitesburg had an population of 1,843 people. This is a decrease of 13.84% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 15.19% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Whitesburg had a population of 2,139 people (which is 8.72% of the total population of Letcher County). This makes Whitesburg the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Whitesburg represents 0.05% of the total population of Kentucky (which has 4,339,367 people), making it the state's 143rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,139 people, the population of Whitesburg increased 33.69% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,600 people).

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

Adding Whitesburg to Our Gazetteer ...

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

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Whitesburg was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Whitesburg on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Kentucky (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Whitesburg on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Whitesburg ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Whitesburg - they are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

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

Communities near Whitesburg ...

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

  • Big Stone Gap [Wise County]
  • Norton [Norton City]
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    • Norton [Norton City] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Whitesburg
    • Estimated population in 2019: 3,981 people
    • 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 Google Maps centered on Norton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norton<7>
  • Wise [Wise County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wise
    • Wise [Wise County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Whitesburg
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,906 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wise
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wise<7>
  • Cumberland [Harlan County]
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    • Cumberland [Harlan County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the southwest of Whitesburg
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,931 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cumberland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cumberland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cumberland<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Jenkins [Letcher County]
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      • Jenkins [Letcher County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the east of Whitesburg
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,929 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jenkins
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jenkins<7>
    • Appalachia [Wise County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Appalachia
      • Appalachia [Wise County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the south of Whitesburg
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,533 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Appalachia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Appalachia<7>
    • Pound [Wise County]
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      • Pound [Wise County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the east of Whitesburg
      • Estimated population in 2019: 918 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pound
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pound<7>
    • Hindman [Knott County]
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      • Hindman [Knott County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the northwest of Whitesburg
      • Estimated population in 2019: 678 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hindman have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hindman
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hindman<7>
    • Fleming-Neon [Letcher County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fleming-Neon
      • Fleming-Neon [Letcher County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Whitesburg
      • Estimated population in 2019: 677 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fleming-Neon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fleming-Neon
    • Pippa Passes [Knott County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pippa Passes
      • Pippa Passes [Knott County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the north of Whitesburg
      • Estimated population in 2019: 659 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pippa Passes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pippa Passes

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 Whitesburg. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Whitesburg.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Whitesburg. 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 Whitesburg.

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Whitesburg ...

Looking for more information about Whitesburg? 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 Whitesburg, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Whitesburg.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Whitesburg. 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 Letcher, 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 have 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 Whitesburg.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Whitesburg - 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 Whitesburg). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Whitesburg or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Whitesburg) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Whitesburg. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WhitesburgOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitesburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.1186, Longitude: -82.8260       In this case, the coordinates for Whitesburg have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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