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Pike County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Pike County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Seat Pikeville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

789 sq mi (2,044 km²)
788 sq mi (2,041 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.15%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

68,736
87/sq mi (34/km²)
Founded 1822
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Pike county courthouse.jpg
Pike County courthouse in Pikeville, Kentucky
Website www.pikecountychamber.org

Pike County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 68,736. Its county seat is Pikeville.[1] Pike is Kentucky's largest county in terms of land area. Pike County is the 11th largest county in Kentucky in terms of population preceded by Bullitt County and followed by Christian County. Pikeville is the 3rd largest banking center in the commonwealth and an estimated 100,000 people per day travel through the city.

With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a moist county—a county in which alcohol sales are prohibited (a dry county), but containing a "wet" city, in this case Pikeville, where package alcohol sales are allowed.[2]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 789 square miles (2,044 km2), of which 788 square miles (2,041 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) is water.

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Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 2,677
1840 3,567 33.2%
1850 5,365 50.4%
1860 7,384 37.6%
1870 9,562 29.5%
1880 13,001 36.0%
1890 17,378 33.7%
1900 22,686 30.5%
1910 31,679 39.6%
1920 49,477 56.2%
1930 63,267 27.9%
1940 71,122 12.4%
1950 81,154 14.1%
1960 68,264 −15.9%
1970 61,059 −10.6%
1980 81,123 32.9%
1990 72,583 −10.5%
2000 68,736 −5.3%
Est. 2008 65,331 −5.0%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21195.txt

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 68,736 people, 27,612 households, and 20,377 families residing in the county. The population density was 87 per square mile (34 /km2). There were 30,923 housing units at an average density of 39 per square mile (15 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.35% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 27,612 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.90.

The age distribution was 23.70% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,930, and the median income for a family was $29,302. Males had a median income of $32,332 versus $19,229 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,005. About 20.60% of families and 23.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.20% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.

Pike County is also the county in Kentucky with the largest percentage of members of the Clean Government Movement. After the Blue Takeover of 2006, the Clean Government Movement became the chief instrument of change in the coal mining towns of Eastern Kentucky.

History

Pike County was founded on December 19, 1821. The county was named for General Zebulon Pike, the explorer who discovered Pikes Peak. Between 1860 and 1891 the Hatfield-McCoy feud raged in Pike and in bordering Mingo County, West Virginia.

Pike County is also home to Paul E. Patton, former governor of Kentucky.

Pike County has trademarked itself as America's Energy CapitalTM, because of its vast coal and natural gas reserves. Pike County is one of the nation's leading coal and natural gas producers. In April 2007, Pike County announced the first-in-the-nation comprehensive energy strategy which was developed in partnership with the Southern States Energy Board in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Appalachian News Express, published in Pikeville, is preserved on microfilm by the University of Kentucky Libraries. The microfilm holdings are listed in a master negative database on the UK Libraries Preservation and Digital Programs website. [1]

Cities, towns and communities

Education

Colleges

Public High Schools

Pike County Schools

Pikeville Independent Schools

Office of Pike County Judge Executive

The office of Pike County Judge Executive is one of Kentucky's most powerful local offices and served as a launching pad for the governorship of Paul E. Patton (1995-2003).

Pike County Judge/Executives Since 1942

  • 1942-1946 Hi Pauley (R)
  • 1946-1948 J.W. Pruitt (D)
  • 1948-1965 Ervin S. Pruitt (D)
  • 1965-1970 Bill Pauley (R)
  • 1970-1974 Wayne T. Rutherford (D)
  • 1974-1978 Wayne T. Rutherford (D)
  • 1978-1982 Wayne T. Rutherford (D)
  • 1982-1986 Paul E. Patton (D)
  • 1986-1990 Paul E. Patton (D)
  • 1990-1991 Paul E. Patton (D)
  • 1991-1992 Stirl Eddie Harris (D)
  • 1992-1994 Wayne T. Rutherford (D)
  • 1994-1999 Donna Damron (D)
  • 1999-2003 Karen F. Gibson (R)
  • 2003-2007 William M. Deskins (D)
  • 2007- Wayne T. Rutherford (D)*

* Marks a record 5th term for Democrat Wayne T. Rutherford after defeating William M. Deskins in the Primary and Stirl Eddie Harris (R) in the General Election

The Tug Fork River at Williamson, West Virginia (right) and Pike County (left).

Interesting facts

  • Pikeville annually leads the nation in per capita consumption of Pepsi-Cola.
  • Pike County is famous for the Hatfield-McCoy feud, an Appalachian vendetta that lasted from the Civil War to the 1890s.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 37°28′N 82°23′W / 37.47°N 82.39°W / 37.47; -82.39


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Pike County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting Pike County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1822
Seat Pikeville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.15%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

68736
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: www.pikecountychamber.org

Pike County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 68,736. Its county seat is Pikeville6. Pike is the largest county in land area in Kentucky.

With regard to the sale of alcohol, it is classified as a moist county—a county in which alcohol sales are prohibited (a dry county), but containing a "wet" city, in this case Pikeville, where package alcohol sales are allowed.[1]

Contents

Office of Pike County Judge Executive

The office of Pike County Judge Executive is one of Kentucky's most powerful local offices and served as a launching pad for the governorship of Paul E. Patton (1995-2003).

Pike County Judge/Executives Since 1942

  • 1938-1942 Ted Kennedy (D)
  • 1942-1946 Hi Pauley (R)
  • 1946-1948 J.W. Pruitt (D)
  • 1948-1965 Ervin S. Pruitt (D)
  • 1965-1970 Bill Pauley (R)
  • 1970-1974 Wayne T. Rutherford (D)
  • 1974-1978 Wayne T. Rutherford (D)
  • 1978-1982 Wayne T. Rutherford (D)
  • 1982-1986 Paul E. Patton (D)
  • 1986-1990 Paul E. Patton (D)
  • 1990-1991 Paul E. Patton (D)
  • 1991-1992 Stirl Eddie Harris (D)
  • 1992-1994 Wayne T. Rutherford (D)
  • 1994-1999 Donna Damron (D)
  • 1999-2003 Karen F. Gibson (R)
  • 2003-2007 William M. Deskins (D)
  • 2007- Wayne T. Rutherford (D)*

* Marks a record 5th term for Democrat Wayne T. Rutherford after defeating William M. Deskins in the Primary and Stirl Eddie Harris (R) in the General Election

History

Pike county was founded on December 19, 1821. The county was named for General Zebulon Pike, the explorer who discovered Pikes Peak. Between 1860 and 1891 the Hatfield-McCoy feud raged in Pike and bordering Mingo County.

Pike County is also home to former Kentucky governor, Paul E. Patton.

Pike County has trademarked itself as America's Energy CapitalTM, because of its vast coal and natural reserves. Pike County is one of the nation's leading coal and natural gas producers. In April 2007, Pike County announced the first-in-the-nation comprehensive energy strategy which was developed in partnership with the Southern States Energy Board in Atlanta, Georgia.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,043 km² (789 sq mi). 2,040 km² (788 sq mi) of it is land and 3 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.15%) is water.

The Tug Fork River at Williamson, West Virginia (right) and Pike County (left).



Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 68,736 people, 27,612 households, and 20,377 families residing in the county. The population density was 34/km² (87/sq mi). There were 30,923 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (39/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.35% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 27,612 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.90.

The age distribution was 23.70% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,930, and the median income for a family was $29,302. Males had a median income of $32,332 versus $19,229 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,005. About 20.60% of families and 23.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.20% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.

Pike County is also the county in Kentucky with the largest percentage of members of the Clean Government Movement. After the Blue Takeover of 2006, the Clean Government Movement became the chief instrument of change in the coal mining towns of Eastern Kentucky.

Cities/towns & Communities

Education

Colleges

Public High Schools

Pike County Schools

Pikeville Independent Schools

Notes and references

  1. ^ Wet & Dry Counties in Kentucky ({{subst:#ifexist:Portable Document Format|PDF|PDF}}). Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Retrieved on March 21, 2007.

External links

Coordinates: 37°28′N 82°23′W / 37.47, -82.39

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