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Cumberland is a home rule-class city[2] in Harlan County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population according to the 2010 Census was 2,237,[3] down from 2,611 at the 2000 census.


Cumberland was settled in 1837 and named "Poor Fork", for its location on a fork of the Cumberland River with relatively poor soil.[4] It remained isolated until the coal mining boom of the 1900s when railroads connected it with surrounding towns. It was renamed "Cumberland" in 1926.

On July 29, 2019, a group of coal miners blocked a coal train on a track in protest when the company they worked for, Blackjewel LLC, refused to pay them after declaring bankruptcy. Blackjewel was founded in 2017, and it was one of the largest coal mining companies in the country. Its bankruptcy filing also affected employees in Virginia and Wyoming; in total about 1700 miners have been affected.[5] The miners called off the protest in late September 2019, mostly because they have found other jobs. They intend to continue their fight in court.[6]


The current mayor of Cumberland, KY is Charles Raleigh. 

City Council

Tyler Blair

Jordan Blair

Jonathan David Fields 

Elana Forson

Robert "Tommy" Jenkins 

George Powers 

Randall "Corky" Tackett


City of Cumberland

Address: 402 West Main Street

Cumberland, KY 40823

Phone: (606)589-2106

Fax: (606)589-2107

E-mail: cmbcty03@windstream.net

Days and Hours: Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm, Tuesday– Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm