Paducah (pəˈduːkə ) 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. As of the 2020 census, the population was 27,137, up from 25,024 during the 2010 U.S. Census. Twenty blocks of the city's downtown have been designated as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Paducah is the principal city of the Paducah, KY-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, and Livingston counties in Kentucky and Massac County in Illinois. The total population of the MSA from the 2020 Census is 103,481. The Paducah-Mayfield, KY-IL Combined Statistical Area has a total population of 140,138.
Paducah was first settled as "Pekin" arou