Clinton is a home rule-class city and the county seat of Hickman County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,388 at the 2010 census, a decline from 1,415 in 2000.
Clinton appears to have been named after a riverboat or military captain who was stationed at the location around the time it was settled in the late 1820s. Clinton was incorporated in 1831.
It was the home to Clinton College from 1871 to 1915.
Clinton is located in central Hickman County at 36°40′1″N 88°59′39″W (36.667040, -88.994103). U.S. Route 51 passes through the center of town as Washington Street, leading north 30 miles (48 km) to Cairo, Illinois, and south 14 miles (23 km) to Fulton on the Tennessee border.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Clinton has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.29%, are water.
At the 2000 census there were 1,415 people in 579 households, including 354 families, in the city. The population density was 858.5 people per square mile (331.1/km2). There were 668 housing units at an average density of 405.3 per square mile (156.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.46% White, 27.14% African American, 0.49% Native American, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55%.
Of the 579 households 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families.