Hippo, Kentucky

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Hippo, Kentucky
Unincorporated community
Hippo is located in Kentucky
Location within the state of Kentucky
Hippo is located in the US
Hippo (the US)
Coordinates: 37°31′15″N 82°52′8″W / 37.52083°N 82.86889°W / 37.52083; -82.86889Coordinates: 37°31′15″N 82°52′8″W / 37.52083°N 82.86889°W / 37.52083; -82.86889
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Floyd
Elevation 745 ft (227 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 41637
GNIS feature ID 508252[1]

Hippo is an unincorporated community located in Floyd County, Kentucky, United States.

A post office was established in the community in 1902 and named for local resident Bee Madison "Hippo" Craft. At the time "hippo," short for hypochondriac, was Southern slang for an irritable and complaining person, something Craft was apparently known for in town.[2]

Their post office closed in June 1996.[3]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hippo, Kentucky
  2. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 142. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  3. ^ http://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt011.cfm[permanent dead link]