Pikeville

Pikeville, Kentucky

Pikeville is a city in Pike County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 6,295 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Pike County. Pike County has a population of approximately 70,000. Pike County was the childhood home of country music star Patty Loveless, and is the home of former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton. Professional golfers Woody Blackburn and Robert Damron, both of whom have won on the PGA Tour, were born in Pikeville. Mark Reynolds (baseball), pro baseball player with the Arizona Diamondbacks, is also a Pikeville native. Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam were both born in Pikeville, Kentucky at Pikeville Regional Medical Center.

Geography

Pikeville is located at (37.477094, -82.530111).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.4 square miles (40.0 km²), all of it land.

Pikeville is a big coal mining city. This is allowed by the mountains in the area.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,295 people, 2,705 households, and 1,563 families residing in the city. The population density was 408.0 people per square mile (157.5/km²). There were 2,981 housing units at an average density of 193.2/sq mi (74.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.58% White, 2.64% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.40% of the population.

There were 2,705 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.2% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.88.

The age distribution was 22.2% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,026, and the median income for a family was $36,792. Males had a median income of $42,298 versus $19,306 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,426. About 21.2% of families and 25.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.7% of those under age 18 and 15.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Pikeville College, a private 4-year institution, is located in Pikeville. The college is one of the smallest in the nation to have an osteopathic medicine program as part of its curriculum. Founded in May 1996, the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine is one of three medical schools in the state of Kentucky, along with the medical schools at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

Entertainment

In the fall of 2005 the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center opened in downtown Pikeville. The center, which seats 7,000, features numerous events including world renowned concerts and shows. The city is also home to the Pikeville Concert Association which secures renowned cultural events for the area. These events usually take place at Booth Auditorium on the campus of Pikeville College.

The East Kentucky Miners is Pikeville's minor league basketball franchise of the CBA. The Miners will open the 2008 season in the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center.

Also, in the month of April is one of the state's largest festivals: Hillbilly Days. The festival embraces the areas culture and past through, company, music and costume. The proceeds from the festival go to the Shriner's hospital.

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