Raceland is a home rule city located in Greenup County, Kentucky in the Ohio River valley. As of the 2010 census , the population was 2,700. We are part of the Huntington-Ashland, Metropolitan area.
Raceland was incorporated in 1915 as Chinville. Town fathers wanted to honor "Raceland" which was a world class thoroughbred racing establishment located in Chinville from 1924 to 1929. They decided to legally change the town's name where they successfully petitioned the Kentucky Court System. Chinville was legally changed to the City of Raceland, making it the only incorporated city in the world named Raceland.
A rail car manufacturing company owned by Chessie System opened in 1929, the same year the Raceland Race Track closed. Thus, our slogan was born.
The City of Raceland functions under a strong mayor form of government. The mayor and six council members are elected by a city-wide vote (at-large) in non-partisan elections, and the mayor serves a 4 year term while council members serve a two year term. They serve as the legislative and policy making body of the municipal government. Together they enact city ordinances, appropriate funds to conduct city business, provide vital services, and formulate policies and procedures for the efficient ongoing operation of all city services as set forth by city council. The City has various authorities, committees, and commissions who make recommendations to city council.