Highland Heights, Kentucky

Coordinates: 39°02′08″N 84°27′24″W / 39.03556°N 84.45667°W / 39.03556; -84.45667
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Highland Heights, Kentucky
Municipal complex
Municipal complex
"Growth Through Progress"
Location of Highland Heights in Campbell County, Kentucky.
Location of Highland Heights in Campbell County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 39°02′08″N 84°27′24″W / 39.03556°N 84.45667°W / 39.03556; -84.45667
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.62 sq mi (6.79 km2)
 • Land2.62 sq mi (6.79 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation843 ft (257 m)
 • Total6,662
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,542.75/sq mi (981.63/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
41076, 41099
Area code859
FIPS code21-36604
GNIS feature ID2404699[2]

Highland Heights is a home rule-class city[4] in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 6,662 at the 2020 census.

Highland Heights is home to Northern Kentucky University and General Cable, a Fortune 500 company[5] whose present headquarters were constructed in 1992. It is located in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.


The area has been known as "the Highlands" since the 19th century. The District of the Highlands was incorporated in 1867; Fort Thomas was separately incorporated from its northern reaches in 1914. The local post office was established in 1927, and the community of Highland Heights incorporated itself separately the same year.[6][7]

Northern Kentucky State College, previously sited in Park Hills, was relocated to a larger campus in the city in 1971. It is now known as Northern Kentucky University (NKU), and subsidiary businesses and related developments have grown in the city.[7]

In October 2012 Highland Heights resident Ryan Poston was murdered in his home. The perpetrator was his girlfriend, Shayna Hubers, who shot him six times. The case and trials attracted considerable media attention.[8]


Highland Heights is located in northern Campbell County. It is bordered to the north by Fort Thomas, to the west by Wilder, and to the south by Cold Spring. Interstate 275, the beltway around Cincinnati, runs along the western and northern edges of Highland Heights. Its interchange with Interstate 471 is at the northern border of Highland Heights. Via I-471, Highland Heights is 7 miles (11 km) southeast of downtown Cincinnati.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all land.[9]


Historical population
2022 (est.)6,418[10]−3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 6,923 people, 2,610 households, and 1,282 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,881.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,112.7/km2). There were 2,787 housing units at an average density of 1,225.5 per square mile (473.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.8% White, 5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2% Asian, less than 0.01%% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 2,610 households, of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.1% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.9% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 13.6% under the age of 18, 33.7% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,784, and the median income for a family was $48,090. Males had a median income of $38,314 versus $29,038 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,651. About 5.0% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.


Residents are within the Campbell County School District.[13] Residents are zoned to Campbell County High School in Alexandria.

The Japanese Language School of Greater Cincinnati is a weekend supplementary Japanese school held at NKU.[14] It was scheduled to move to NKU in July 1993.[15]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Highland Heights, Kentucky
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Kentucky: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
  4. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  5. ^ CNN Money. "Fortune 500 2012: States: Kentucky Companies". 21 May 2012. Accessed 19 September 2013.
  6. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 140. ISBN 0813126312. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  7. ^ a b The Kentucky Encyclopedia, pp. 429. "Highland Heights". University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1992. Accessed 30 July 2013.
  8. ^ Shayna Hubers sentenced to life in prison for murdering Ryan Poston
  9. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Highland Heights city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Kentucky: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Campbell County, KY" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "English Information" (Archive). Japanese Language School of Greater Cincinnati. Retrieved on May 8, 2014. "BEP102 Northern Kentucky University, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099"
  15. ^ "Japanese Language School Joins NKU". Lexington Herald-Leader. Lexington, Kentucky. June 5, 1993. p. C2. - Clipping at Newspapers.com.

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