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