Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The largest city in the Jackson Purchase region, it is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and the Ohio rivers, halfway between St. Louis, Missouri, to the northwest and Nashville, Tennessee, to the southeast. The population turned into 24,941 in 2017, down slightly from 25,024 for the duration of the 2010 U.S. Census. Twenty blocks of the town's downtown were unique as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Paducah is the hub of its micropolitan vicinity, which incorporates McCracken, Ballard and Livingston counties in Kentucky and Massac County in Illinois. The town turned into laid out by using William Clark of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1827 and renamed Paducah. Although local lore long linked this to an eponymous Chickasaw leader "Paduke" and his tribe of "Paducahs", government at the Chickasaw have seeing that stated that there was by no means any chief or tribe of that call, or anything love it, nor any phrases like them in the Chickasaw language. Instead, it is likely that Clark named the metropolis for the Comanche humans, acknowledged on the time as the Padoucas, from a Spanish transliteration of the Kaw Padoka or Omaha Padoka.