Paducah is a city located in McCracken County, Kentucky at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 26,307. It is the county seat of McCracken County.
Paducah is located at 37°4'20" North, 88°37'39" West (37.072226, -88.627436).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 50.5 km2 (19.5 mi2). 50.5 km2 (19.5 mi2) of it is land and 0.1 km2 (0.04 mi2) of it is water. The total area is 0.10% water.
Paducah is the largest city in the Jackson Purchase Region of Western Kentucky.
As of the census of 2000, there are 26,307 people, 11,825 households, and 6,645 families residing in the city. The population density is 521.4/km2 (1,350.2/mi2). There are 13,221 housing units at an average density of 262.0/km2 (678.6/mi2). The racial makeup of the city is 72.78% White, 24.15% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 11,825 households out of which 25.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% are married couples living together, 16.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 43.8% are non-families. 39.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 17.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.12 and the average family size is 2.84.
The age distribution is 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $26,137, and the median income for a family is $34,092. Males have a median income of $32,783 versus $21,901 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,417. 22.4% of the population and 18.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 33.8% of those under the age of 18 and 16.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.