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About the City of Manchester

Manchester is a 4th-class city in Clay County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of Clay County. The city's population was 1,255 at the 2010 census. The town was founded to be the seat of the newly-formed Clay Co. in 1807 on a 10-acre parcel near the Lower Goose Creek Salt Works. The county court stipulated that the town be named Greenville in honor of the War-of-1812 general. The Greenville in Muhlenberg County had already preempted
that name, however, and it was changed to "Manchester" in December. Manchester is located at 37°9′10″N 83°45′48″W (37.152818, -83.763403). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles, all land. As of the census of 2010, there were 579 households and 332 families residing in the city. The population density was 836.7 people per square mile. There were 655 housing units at an average density of 436.7 per square mile.

City of Manchester Mayor
239 Memorial Drive
Manchester, KY 40962
(606) 598-3456

About Clay County Kentucky

Clay County was the forty-seventh county in order of formation and is located in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains of the Appalachian Mountain Range of southeast Kentucky. The county is bordered by Jackson, Owsley, Perry, Leslie, Bell, Knox, and Laurel counties.  It was created from Madison, Floyd, and Knox counties on April 1, 1807.  Clay County was later divided to form parts of Jackson, Owsley, Leslie, Lee, Breathitt, Knott, Perry, and Harlan counties. It reached its present size, 471 square miles, in 1880. Clay County was named for General Green Clay, a Madison County legislator and early Kentucky surveyor. Most of the heavily wooded county, approximately 61,000 acres, falls within the Redbird Purchase Unit of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Major contributors to the economy are tobacco, timber, corn, and coal. The county’s largest town and county seat is Manchester.

Clay County Judge Executive 
102 Richmond Road, Suite 201
Manchester, KY 40962
(606) 598-2071

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