Pippa Passes, Kentucky
|Pippa Passes, Kentucky|
|Nickname(s): Caney, Caney Creek|
Location of Pippa Passes, Kentucky
|Named for||a Robert Browning poem|
|• Total||0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)|
|• Land||0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||991 ft (302 m)|
|• Density||557.3/sq mi (215.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0500757|
Pippa Passes is a 6th-class city located along Caney Creek in Knott County, Kentucky, in the United States. Its formal name was chosen to honor benefactors of Alice Lloyd College but, after more than a century, its inhabitants still refer to the community as Caney or Caney Creek. The population was 297 at the time of the year 2000 U.S. Census.
The settlement was long known as "Caney" or "Caney Creek" when Alice Lloyd arrived from Boston in 1916. She solicited funds for the erection of a local post office and the establishment of Caney Creek Junior College, which were opened in 1917 and 1923 respectively. A donation from the Browning Society led to the post office's being named after Robert Browning's Pippa Passes, a verse drama which coined the phrase "God's in His heaven, all's right with the world". (The U.S. Postal Service's preference for monogrammatic names meant, however, that the office was known as Pippapass until 1955.)
The city of Pippa Passes was incorporated by the state assembly on July 1, 1983, and it is now governed by a mayor and city council. As of 2009, the mayor is Scott Cornett, who is also baseball coach for the college. The local police department operates as a combined unit with the college's security organization.
In the census of 2000, there were 297 people, 48 households, and 30 families in the city. The population density was 557.3 per square mile (216.4/km²). There were 50 housing units at an average density of 93.8 per square mile (36.4/km²). The racial makeup was 97.31% White, 0.34% African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.68% Asian, and 0.34% from two or more races.
There were 48 households of which 39.6% had children under 18, 60.4% were married couples living together, 2.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 37.5% of households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size 3.47.
The age distribution was 13.8% under 18, 62.0% from 18 to 24 (primarily students at Alice Lloyd College), 12.8% from 25 to 44, 8.8% from 45 to 64, and 2.7% who were 65 or older. The median age was 21. For every 100 females there were 24.3 males. For every 100 females 18 and over, there were 17.4 males.
The median income for a household was $36,250, and the median for a family $73,250. Males had a median of $38,625 versus $25,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,780. 3.1% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under 18 but none of those 65 or over.
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- Alice Lloyd College. "Campus Safety". Accessed 27 June 2009.
- Kentucky League of Cities. "Pippa Passes". Accessed 30 March 2009.
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