is a city in northeast Bullitt County
, United States
. The population was 8,485 at the 2000 census
. The estimated population as of 2006 was 11,761. It is located at was once the crossroads of two stagecoach routes, which spurred early population growth and the incorporation in 1822 of a town called Mt. Vernon
, after George Washington
's home. The name was changed to Mount Washington in 1833 to avoid confusion with Mount Vernon
in Rockcastle County
Mount Washington became the economic center of Bullitt County by the 1850s. In the Autumn of 1862, the town was held by John Wharton's Confederate cavalry, who skirmished with Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden's men north of Mount Washington along Floyds Fork on October 1. A defeat the following day lead to a Confederate retreat from the area.
Mount Washington's industries aged and by the 1930s it was no longer the most prominent town in the county. The decline continued when fire burned much of the business district on November 18 1940. Mount Washington enjoyed an influx of new residents starting in the late 1960s with the opening of General Electric's Appliance Park nearby. The population grew from 2,020 in 1970 to over 8,000 by the 2000 census.
Mount Washington is located at (38.045982, -85.554676).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.8 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 8,485 people, 3,111 households, and 2,445 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,588.8 people per square mile (613.5/km²). There were 3,294 housing units at an average density of 616.8/sq mi (238.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.26% White
, 0.32% African American
, 0.32% Native American
, 0.15% Asian
, 0.27% from other races
, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.58% of the population.
There were 3,111 households out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.4% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $43,813, and the median income for a family was $46,507. Males had a median income of $35,439 versus $23,600 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,495. About 5.9% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
Mount Washington was founded in the early nineteenth century and was known then as The Cross Roads. It was officially chartered in 1822 as Mount Vernon, but when a post office was applied for, it was discovered that a city in Rockcastle County
was already using the name. In 1822 the city of Mt. Washington contained three churches, two schools, six stores and groceries, five doctors, two taverns and twelve mechanical trades. The population at that time was aprox. 700. At that time a two room school building stood on the southern end of Highway 31E, but in 1916, a new building consisting of four classrooms was built. Where the four room classroom building once stood, now stands Mt. Washington Middle School. A three story building housing over 200 classrooms and offices. Mt. Washington Middle School (MWMS) was built in the early 1940s and at that time was the High School. MWMS had to expand and remodel in 1999 because the population was growing tremendously. So much, that another middle school had to be built on the other side of the city. That project was completed in 2006. The previous Mayor of Mt. Washington was a contestant on The Price is Right
, playing the Money Game and winning $185 (but losing a PT Cruiser
). Before the game, the mayor presented the key to the city to Bob Barker