Pineville, Kentucky

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Pineville, Kentucky
Pineville, as seen from atop Pine Mountain
Pineville, as seen from atop Pine Mountain
Motto: Welcome Home
Location of Pineville, Kentucky
Location of Pineville, Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°45′47″N 83°41′58″W / 36.76306°N 83.69944°W / 36.76306; -83.69944Coordinates: 36°45′47″N 83°41′58″W / 36.76306°N 83.69944°W / 36.76306; -83.69944
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Bell
Established 1781[1]
Incorporated March 26, 1873[1]
Named for its local forests[2]
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Sherwin Rader
 • Total 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 1,014 ft (309 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,732
 • Density 1,048/sq mi (404.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40977
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-61248
GNIS feature ID 0500726

Pineville (local /pɑːnvəl/ or /pɑːnvɪl/)[2] is a city in Bell County, Kentucky, United States. It is the seat of its county.[3] The population was 1,732 as of the 2010 census.[4] It is located on a small strip of land between the Cumberland River and Pine Mountain.


Pineville is one of the oldest settlements in Kentucky, located at the crossing of the Cumberland River by the Wilderness Road. It was established as Cumberland Ford in 1781 and formed part of GovIsaac Shelby's land tracts. When Bell County was formed in 1867, Cumberland Ford was formally laid off; local landowner J.J. Gibson's 1869 land grant permitted it to be selected as the county seat, but the courthouse was not completed until 1871.[2][5] The settlement was renamed "Pineville" in 1870 and formally incorporated in 1873.[1]

One of the earliest branches of the Sojourner Truth Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was formed in Pineville in 1906 with fifteen members - at the time, it was affiliated with the white women's branch of the Kentucky WCTU.[6]

Its riverside location has made it subject to flooding, including a devastating incident on April 4, 1977, in which a floodwall built in 1952 was overwhelmed and 200 houses were destroyed or damaged. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upgraded the floodwall in 1988.

Although there is some heavy manufacturing in the city, the economy is dependent on the coal mining industry and on tourism at nearby Pine Mountain State Resort Park, where the popular attraction "Chained Rock" is located. The population has declined from 3,890 in 1950.


Pineville is located in northern Bell County at 36°45′43″N 83°41′42″W / 36.76194°N 83.69500°W / 36.76194; -83.69500 (36.7620301, -83.6949176),[7] along the Cumberland River, directly north of its water gap through Pine Mountain. U.S. Route 25E passes through the city, intersecting Kentucky Route 66 in downtown. U.S. Route 119 has its southern terminus at US 25E near the southern border of the city. By US 25E, it is 12 miles (19 km) south to Middlesboro and the north entrance of the Cumberland Gap tunnel, and it is 33 miles (53 km) northwest to Corbin and Interstate 75. US 119 leads 30 miles (48 km) northeast to Harlan.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pineville covers a total land area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km2), of which 1.7 square miles (4.3 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 5.54%, is water.[4]


The city is served by Pineville Independent Schools. Schools located within the district include:[8]

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College maintains a campus in Pineville, serving as the only post-secondary education institution in the city.[9] However Clear Creek Baptist Bible College is located in Pineville's zip code and is located south of the city.


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,093 people, 871 households, and 518 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,452.1 people per square mile (561.2/km²). There were 961 housing units at an average density of 666.7 per square mile (257.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.74% White, 4.30% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 2,072
1910 2,161 4.3%
1920 2,908 34.6%
1930 3,567 22.7%
1940 3,882 8.8%
1950 3,890 0.2%
1960 3,181 −18.2%
1970 2,817 −11.4%
1980 2,599 −7.7%
1990 2,198 −15.4%
2000 2,093 −4.8%
2010 1,732 −17.2%
Est. 2013 1,801 [11] 4.0%
U.S. Census Bureau[12]

There were 871 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.6% were married couples living together, 20.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $12,435, and the median income for a family was $20,625. Males had a median income of $24,125 versus $23,229 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,692. About 37.1% of families and 44.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 58.8% of those under age 18 and 30.0% of those age 65 or over.

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The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pineville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[13]

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  1. ^ a b c Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Pineville, Kentucky". Accessed 27 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 235. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 1 Aug 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Pineville city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1988). "Place Names". Kentucky Place Names. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-0179-4.  Accessed 25 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Negro Woman's Christian Temperance Union in Kentucky (Sojourner Truth WCTU)". Notable Kentucky African American Database. University of Kentucky Libraries. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pineville, Kentucky Retrieved on 2010-04-25
  8. ^ Pineville Independent Schools Retrieved on 2010-05-18
  9. ^ SKCTC-Our Campuses Retrieved on 2010-05-18
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 Population Estimates U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-05-23
  12. ^ Historical Census Data Retrieved on 2010-05-18
  13. ^ Climate Summary for Pineville, Kentucky

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