Vicco, Kentucky

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Vicco, Kentucky
City
Location of Vicco, Kentucky
Location of Vicco, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°12′58″N 83°3′40″W / 37.21611°N 83.06111°W / 37.21611; -83.06111Coordinates: 37°12′58″N 83°3′40″W / 37.21611°N 83.06111°W / 37.21611; -83.06111
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Perry
Incorporated June 1, 1964
Government
 • Type City Commission
 • Mayor Johnny Cummings
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 942 ft (287 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 334
 • Density 417.5/sq mi (167/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41773
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-79590
GNIS feature ID 0506035

Vicco is a city in Perry County and a small portion in Knott County,[1] Kentucky, United States. The population was 334 at the 2010 census. On January 16, 2013, Vicco became the smallest city in the United States to pass an ordinance outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation.[2][3]

History[edit]

Vicco was originally a coal mining town; its name comes from the initials of the Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Company. The city was known for its bars and entertainment; the New York Times described it as "the local coal miner's Vegas." The decline of the coal industry in the region brought economic trouble to Vicco, as local businesses closed and the city faced severe budget deficits. However, the city has recently attempted a revival, having restarted its defunct police force among other measures.[2]

Geography[edit]

Vicco is located at 37°12′58″N 83°3′40″W / 37.21611°N 83.06111°W / 37.21611; -83.06111 (37.216186, -83.061089).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 377
1980 456 21.0%
1990 244 −46.5%
2000 318 30.3%
2010 334 5.0%
Est. 2013 328 [5] −1.8%
U.S. Census Bureau[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 318 people, 132 households, and 93 families residing in the city. The population density was 411.2 people per square mile (159.5/km²). There were 152 housing units at an average density of 196.6 per square mile (76.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.69% White, and 0.31% from two or more races.

Of the 132 households in the city 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 49.2% included married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% contained non-families. Additionally, 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $13,235, and the median income for a family was $14,688. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,325. About 42.4% of families and 39.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.4% of those under age 18 and 26.9% of those age 65 or over.

Popular Culture[edit]

The town was featured on the Colbert Report on August 14, 2013.[8] It has also been the subject of other media interest.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky - Department of State - Office of Land Management - Commonwealth Map
  2. ^ a b Barry, Dan (January 28, 2013). "Sewers, Curfews and a Ban on Gay Bias". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ ACLU of Kentucky Celebrates Victory in Vicco | American Civil Liberties Union
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 Population Estimates U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-05-29
  6. ^ United States Census Bureau Retrieved on 2010-12-19 Archived 21 April 2012 at WebCite
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "The Colbert Report". The Colbert Report. 2013-08-14. 7:44 minutes in. Comedy Central. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/428601/august-14-2013/people-who-are-destroying-america---johnny-cummings.
  9. ^ Suebsaeng, Asawin. "Gay Mayor of Vicco, Kentucky, Reacts to the "Best Segment of 'The Colbert Report' Ever"". Retrieved 17 August 2013.