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Cumberland is a home rule-class city in Harlan County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population according to the 2010 Census was 2,237, down from 2,611 at the 2000 census.HistoryCumberland was settled in 1837 and named "Poor Fork", for its location on a fork of the Cumberland River with relatively poor soil. It remained isolated until the coal mining boom of the 1900s when railroads connected it with surrounding towns. It was renamed "Cumberland" in 1926.GeographyCumberland is located in northeastern Harlan County at in the valley of the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River, where it is joined by Looney Creek from the southeast and Cloverlick Creek from the south. The city limits extend to the north up to the crest of Pine Mountain, which forms the Letcher County line. Elevations within the city range from above sea level along the Poor Fork on the west side of town to atop Pine Mountain.U.S. Route 119 passes through Cumberland, passing south of the city center. US 119 leads northeast to Jenkins and southwest to Harlan, the Harlan County seat. Kentucky Route 160 passes through the center of Cumberland, leading southeast to Benham and to the Virginia border, and north over Pine Mountain 5mi to Gordon.
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