On February 3, 1900 Gubernatorial candidate William Goebel was assassinated in Frankfort.
Former-Secretary of State Caleb Powers was later found guilty in a conspiracy to kill Goebel.
Frankfort is located at 38°11'50" North, 84°51'47" West (38.197274, -84.863110)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 38.9 km² (15.0 mi²). 38.2 km² (14.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.87% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 27,741 people, 12,314 households, and 6,945 families residing in the city.
The population density is 727.1/km² (1,883.2/mi²). There are 13,422 housing units at an average density of 351.8/km² (911.2/mi²).
The racial makeup of the city is 81.84% White, 14.70% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. 1.48% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 12,314 households out of which 26.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% are married couples living together, 14.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 43.6% are non-families. 37.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.14 and the average family size is 2.83.
In the city the population is spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $34,980, and the median income for a family is $47,855. Males have a median income of $31,339 versus $25,361 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,512. 13.9% of the population and 9.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 19.3% are under the age of 18 and 14.8% are 65 or older.